Bruce Lansky

Bruce Lansky is America’s number one name in baby name books, a children’s poet, author, editor, publisher, and speaker.

His Can You Solve the Mystery? books are collections of short mysteries which include visual clues--so readers can solve each mystery (if they try). His Girls to the Rescue series is a collection of entertaining, inspiring stories that feature clever, courageous girls as heroes. His second series, Newfangled Fairy Tales, are collections of short stories where traditional fairy tales are given a new, modern twist. Bruce has also written and edited an entertaining collection of Mother Goose-inspired nursery rhymes. The New Adventures of Mother Goose became a New York Times children’s poetry bestseller and served as the basis for a nationally syndicated TV special. Mary Had A Little Jam, the updated version of the Mother Goose collection, is well on its way to similar distinction. For the story behind Bruce's Mother Goose makeovers, visit

Crowned as the “King of Giggle Poetry” by his elementary-school admirers, Bruce has developed a huge following through his appearances at schools across the nation. As editor of several successful poetry anthologies, he learned what makes children laugh. He used this feedback to create books of his own original poetry, too. Lansky spends a good deal of his time visiting schools around the country performing at assemblies. As one of America’s best-selling children’s poets, he also visits teachers’ conferences and leads workshops on how to get kids excited about reading and writing poetry. For information on booking Bruce, please visit Authors in Schools or download the flier.
In addition to his acclaimed children's poetry collections, Bruce is a nationally known expert on baby names. His best-selling baby name book, The Very Best Baby Names, is perhaps the most recognized book on the subject nationwide. Along with 45,000 Baby Names, The Baby Name Survey Book, The Mother of All Baby Name Books, and other titles, his baby name books have sold over seven million copies. For his latest musings on names and naming check out his blog, Baby Names in the News. Bruce has also written several humorous quote and cartoon books for adults.

In addition to writing and editing books, Bruce is president of Meadowbrook Press, a leading publisher of parenting and children’s books. Bruce has two children, now grown, and lives in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

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