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Nationally recognized poet Bruce Lansky makes visit to Woodbury

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Valley Crossing Community School students are poets and they don’t even know it.

International best-selling children’s poet Bruce Lanksy made a stop at Valley Crossing on Feb. 16 to teach students about poetry.

Lansky, who lives in Eden Prairie, has released several poetry books for children called “Mary Had a Little Jam,” “Peter, Peter, Pizza-Eater,” “If Kids Ruled the School” and “Rolling in the Aisles.”

Through his website,, Lansky has presented assemblies and workshops across the country.

During Lansky’s interactive poetry workshops students have an opportunity to write several different poems with him.

At Valley Crossing, Lansky worked with students on variations of “Yankee Doodle” and “Row, Row Your Boat” in addition to discussing his career.

“Language arts are a very important part of what you learn in school,” Lansky said, according to his biography on “You can read great books that take you to faraway lands, you can write your own stories and make yourself the hero of exciting adventures.

“Even if it seems hard sometimes, don’t give up. There are so many wonderful worlds to explore in books and poetry. Get your very own passport by learning to read and write the very best that you can.”