Read Poems by Debut Children’s Poet Robert Schechter

Dix Hills, NY resident and author Robert Schechter’s debut book of children’s verse The Red Ear Blows Its Nose: Poems for Children and Others will be published on April 1, which is also the beginning of National Poetry Month. Launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month is a special occasion that celebrates poets’ integral role in our culture and that poetry matters.

It’s Huntington Arts Council’s Executive Director Kieran Johnson wrote to congratulate Schechter on his book’s publication as “a most appropriate way to celebrate National Poetry Month” and to say that the Council is grateful for Schechter’s contribution to the arts.

The Red Ear Blows Its Nose by Robert Schechter has thus far been honored with accolades from famed children’s poets including bestselling author Jane Yolen, former U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt, and Janet Wong, winner of the National Council of Teachers of English Poetry Award. Schechter’s humorous poems for children have been likened to the work of beloved children’s poet Shel Silverstein.

Schechter’s book, The Red Ear Blows Its Nose has received starred reviews in School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and Booklist.

“A rich experience . . . a great classroom resource, as well as an entertaining and illuminating collection.”
—Booklist, Starred Review

“Children and adults alike will enjoy bouncing through the vivacious rhythms and the breadth of surprising, marvelous ideas. These are for reading out loud, to laugh at, to muse on, and to grow up with. ”
—School Library Journal, Starred Review

“Showing masterful command of metrics and rhyme, the poet launches observations both playful and reflective on topics from seasons to self”
—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

About the Book:
The Red Ear Blows Its Nose:
Poems for Children and Others
by Robert Schechter, illus. by S. Federico
April 1, 2023, Word Galaxy,
ISBN: 978-1-77349-134-9 

The Red Ear Blows Its Nose, Robert Schechter’s new book of children’s poetry, is “beautifully crafted and terrifically funny” (Kate Wakeling), and “a dazzling tour de force” (Kenn Nesbitt). Often hilarious, always thoughtful, this debut collection from award-winning poet Robert Schechter proves he is “clearly one of the most accomplished poets writing for children today” (Valerie Bloom MBE), “way up there with the great American kids’ poets” (A. F. Harrold). Complemented by S. Federico’s charming illustrations, The Red Ear Blows Its Nose will delight both children and adults alike, and is destined to take its place alongside classics such as A Child’s Garden of Verses, Now We Are Six, and Where the Sidewalk Ends, on children’s and library bookshelves for years to come.

Robert Schechter’s award-winning poetry for children has appeared in Highlights for Children, Cricket, Spider, Ladybug, the Caterpillar, Blast Off, Countdown, Orbit, and more than a dozen anthologies published by Bloomsbury, National Geographic, Macmillan, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the Emma Press, and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. His poems for adults have won both the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize and the X. J. Kennedy Parody Award, and his verse often appears in the Washington Post Style Invitational (where he is a former Rookie and Loser of the Year) and in the Spectator magazine’s weekly humor competition. Robert is the editor of the children’s poetry section of Better Than Starbucks. This is his first collection. He lives in Dix Hills, NY.

Learn more about Robert Schechter at

Illustrator: S. FEDERICO draws, writes, and lives in New York City with his cat. @droawsy

The book is available from all major online booksellers or ask for it at your local bookstore or public library.

The book can be viewed online in its entirety at:  Issuu


Release: Susannah Greenberg, Public Relations, Dix Hills, NY 11746

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