Michael Rosen - Author

About the Author

Michael Rosen is a hugely bestselling author of picture books and poetry. Michael frequently appears on radio and gives talks and lectures on children’s literature. Michael was the Children’s Laureate for 2007–2009 and the winner of the Eleanor Farjeon Award. He lives in London.

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Michael Rosen on Michael Rosen:

I grew up in the London suburb of Pinner, a place my parents often wondered about. How had we landed there? My parents were teachers, politically committed (socialists), and great storytellers and readers. I was lucky to have found them. 

Most of my adult life, I've been a freelance writer, teacher (of sorts), journalist, performer and broadcaster. I visit schools doing my one-man show, and support Arsenal Football Club. 

I have often written about my life and family, but I also write occasional fantasy (usually based in a real place) and non-fiction.

Things you didn't know about Michael Rosen
I wear size 12 shoes.
I like speaking French.
I'm an atheist.
I love mobile phones.
I love houmous.
I can't live without green warty pickled gherkins.
I hate racism.
My father was American.
I can slide my top lip one way and my bottom lip the other.
I can play the harmonica.

Photo credit Laurence Cendroicz

Featured books by Michael Rosen

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake

5+ readers

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/04/2018

When I was a boy, I had a favourite treat. It was when my mum made . . . CHOCOLATE CAKE! Ohhh! I LOVED chocolate cake.  Brought to life as a picture book for the first time with brilliant and characterful illustrations by Kevin Waldron.

Centrally Heated Knickers

Centrally Heated Knickers

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Discover the weird and wonderful world of martians, woolly saucepans and centrally heated knickers in 100 poems about science and technology from the delightfully irreverent, Michael Rosen.

What's So Special About Shakespeare?

What's So Special About Shakespeare?

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/03/2016

So what was it like to live in Shakespeare's time? What do we actually know about him? And how does someone become that famous? These are just a few of the questions addressed in this lively and accessible book on the life and works of William Shakespeare by award-winning author, Michael Rosen. It includes studies of four of Shakespeare's plays, facts and information about Shakespeare and the world at this time.

Fantastic Mr Dahl

Fantastic Mr Dahl

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/09/2012

Just how did Roald Dahl get into writing? Where did he get his ideas from? What ingredients in his life turned him into the kind of writer he was? Michael Rosen - poet, broadcaster and former Children's Laureate, comes up with some of the answers to these key questions in his lively biography of the world's Number1 storyteller. Full of stories and funny anecdotes from Roald Dahl's school days and family life, Michael Rosen's fascinating observations creates a vivid picture of one of the most famous writers of all time.

Other books by Michael Rosen

Aesop's Fables

Aesop's Fables

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/10/2018

How to Make Children Laugh

How to Make Children Laugh

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/05/2018

'A WORK OF GENIUS' - Chris Evans Jokes, a jack-in-the-box, jelly and jumping beans make children laugh. As do practical jokes, peekaboo, pantomine and poetry that makes no sense. Why and how does this work? And why does it matter? Writer and Professor of Children's Literature Michael Rosen, whose books - from We're Going on a Bear Hunt to Chocolate Cake - have made millions of children rock with laughter, gives us the tools for this greatest of gifts.

What is Right and Wrong? Who Decides? Where Do Values Come From? And Other Big Questions

What is Right and Wrong? Who Decides? Where Do Values Come From? And Other Big Questions

Author: Michael Rosen, Ms Annemarie Young Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/03/2018

Every day we make decisions that are underpinned by our ideas of what is right and wrong. But where do these ideas come from? Where do our values come from and who decides which values are used in a society? This book looks at topics that are strongly connected to the values people hold and their ideas of right and wrong, such as democracy, justice, fairness, prejudice and discrimination, education, climate change and war. There are contributions from Laura Bates, Richard Rieser, Tulip Siddiq and Alex Wheatle, who, along with the authors, discuss how their ideas of what is right and wrong have been shaped by their life experiences. Readers are encouraged to think for themselves about the issues discussed and decide which values are important to them.

Bah! Humbug!

Bah! Humbug!

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2017

This Christmas, join Michael Rosen and Tony Ross with their unforgettable retelling of Charles Dickens' beloved classic. In a school theatrical production of A Christmas Carol , the boy who plays Scrooge is extra nervous because his very busy father is in the audience. However, it's likely his father won't stay for the duration, due to business. As always. Will the classic story's message of Christmas cheer and family love reach his father's distracted heart?

So They Call You Pisher! A Memoir

So They Call You Pisher! A Memoir

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/09/2017

In this humorous and moving memoir, Michael Rosen recalls the first twenty-three years of his life. Born in the North London suburbs, his parents, Harold and Connie, both teachers, first met as teenage Communists in the 1930s Jewish East End. The family home was filled with stories of relatives in London, the United States and France and of those who had disappeared in Europe. Unlike the children around them, Rosen and his brother Brian grew up dreaming of a socialist revolution; Party meetings were held in the front room, summers were for communist camping holidays, till it all changed after a trip to East Germany, when in 1957 his parents decided to leave the Party. Michael followed his own journey of radical self-discovery: running away to the Aldermaston March to ban the bomb, writing and performing in experimental political theatre, getting arrested during the 1968 movements.

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/08/2017

When I was a boy, I had a favourite treat. It was when my mum made . . . CHOCOLATE CAKE! Ohhh! I LOVED chocolate cake. Fantastically funny and full of silly noises, this is Michael Rosen's love letter to every child's favourite treat, chocolate cake. Brought to life as a picture book for the first time with brilliant and characterful illustrations by Kevin Waldron.

Theid Sinne Air A' Bhus!

Theid Sinne Air A' Bhus!

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/03/2017

The Disappearance of Emile Zola Love, Literature and the Dreyfus Case

The Disappearance of Emile Zola Love, Literature and the Dreyfus Case

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/01/2017

It is the evening of 18 July 1898 and the world-renowned novelist Emile Zola is on the run. His crime? Taking on the highest powers in the land with his open letter 'J'accuse' and losing. Forced to leave Paris, with nothing but the clothes he is standing in and a nightshirt wrapped in newspaper, Zola flees to England with no idea when he will return. This is the little-known story of his time in exile. Rosen has traced Zola's footsteps from the Gare du Nord to London, examining the significance of this year. The Disappearance of Zola offers an intriguing insight into the mind, the loves, the politics and the work of the great writer.

Who are Refugees and Migrants? What Makes People Leave their Homes? And Other Big Questions

Who are Refugees and Migrants? What Makes People Leave their Homes? And Other Big Questions

Author: Michael Rosen, Ms Annemarie Young Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/09/2016

What does it mean for people to have to leave their homes, and what happens when they seek entry to another country? This book explores the history of refugees and migration around the world and the effects on people of never-ending war and conflict. It compares the effects on society of diversity and interculturalism with historical attempts to create a racially 'pure' culture. It takes an international perspective, and offers a range of views from people who have personal experience of migration, including the campaigners Meltem Avcil and Muzoon Almellehan, the comedian and actor Omid Djalili and the poet Benjamin Zephaniah. Aimed at young people aged 10 and upwards, the book encourages readers to think for themselves about the issues involved. There is also a role-play activity asking readers to imagine themselves in the situation of having to decide whether to leave their homes and seek refuge in a new country. Part of the groundbreaking and important 'And Other Big Questions' series, which offers balanced and considered views on the big issues we face in the world we live in today. Other titles in the series include: What is Humanism? How do you live without a god? What is Feminism? Why do we need It?

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2016

Unfold all the fun of the bear hunt in this delightful pocket-sized pop-up of the award-winning picture book classic. We're going on a bear hunt. We're going to catch a big one. Will you come too? For a quarter of a century, readers have been swishy-swashying and splash-sploshing through this award-winning favourite. Follow and join in the family's excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of a bear. What a surprise awaits them in the cave on the other side of the dark forest!

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2015

The award-winning classic brought to life as a pop-up adventure. We're going on a bear hunt. We're going to catch a big one. Will you come too? For a quarter of a century, readers have been swishy-swashying and splash-sploshing through this award-winning favourite and now it can be read in three glorious dimensions in this incredible pop-up edition featuring seven full-page pop-ups. Follow and join in the family's excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of a bear. What a surprise awaits them in the cave on the other side of the dark forest! The award-winning classic brought to life as a pop-up adventure.

Good Ideas How to Be Your Child's (and Your Own) Best Teacher

Good Ideas How to Be Your Child's (and Your Own) Best Teacher

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/09/2014

We live in a world surrounded by all the stuff that education is supposed to be about: machines, bodies, languages, cities, votes, mountains, energy, movement, plays, food, liquids, collisions, protests, stones, windows. But the way we've been taught often excludes all sorts of practical ways of finding out about ideas, knowledge and culture - anything from cooking to fixing loo cisterns, from dance to model making, from collecting leaves to playing 'Who am I?'. The great thing is that you really can use everything around you to learn more. Learning should be much more fun and former children's laureate, million-selling author, broadcaster, father of five and all-round national treasure, Michael Rosen wants to show you how. Forget lists, passing tests and ticking boxes, the world outside the classroom can't be contained within the limits of any kind of curriculum - and it's all the better for it. Long car journeys, poems about farting, cake baking, even shouting at the TV can teach lessons that will last a lifetime. Packed with enough practical tips, stories and games to inspire a legion of anxious parents and bored children, Good Ideas shows that the best kind of education really does start at home.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2013

Piece together the fun of the bear hunt in this delightful jigsaw version of the classic picture book. We're going on a bear hunt. We're going to catch a big one. Will you come too? For more than twenty years, readers have been swishy swashing and splash sploshing through this award-winning favourite. Follow and join in the family's excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of a bear. What a surprise awaits them in the cave on the other side of the dark forest! Now you can join in the fun with this interactive jigsaw book.

Golem of Old Prague

Golem of Old Prague

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2010

The Quest for Authenticity The Thought of Reb Simhah Bunim

The Quest for Authenticity The Thought of Reb Simhah Bunim

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2008

Michael Rosen's Sad Book

Michael Rosen's Sad Book

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/02/2008

A heartbreakingly honest account of a father's grief for his son from the illustrious pairing of a current and a former Children's Laureate. What makes Michael Rosen most sad is thinking about his son, Eddie, who died. In this jacketed hardback book he writes about his sadness, how it affects him and some of the things he does to try and cope with it. Whether or not you have known what it's like to feel really deeply sad, its truth will surely touch you.

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2004

This most famous of love stories is uniquely presented in picture book form for children. The tale is told scene by scene in a simple lively style, with dialogue reproducing Shakespeare's own words so that the most celebrated passages of the play are retained in their original form.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Farsi and English

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Farsi and English

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/01/2001

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Czech and English

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Czech and English

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/01/2001

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Portuguese and English

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Portuguese and English

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/01/2001

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Tamil and English

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Tamil and English

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/01/2001

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Turkish and English

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Turkish and English

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/01/2001

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Chinese and English

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Chinese and English

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/01/2001

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Gujarati and English

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Gujarati and English

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/01/2001

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Somali and English

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Somali and English

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/01/2001

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Albanian and English

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Albanian and English

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2001

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Bengali and English

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Bengali and English

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2001

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Arabic and English

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Arabic and English

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2001

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Urdu and English

We're Going on a Bear Hunt in Urdu and English

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2001

Turning Words, Spinning Worlds Chapter in Organizational Ethnography

Turning Words, Spinning Worlds Chapter in Organizational Ethnography

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/12/2000

This collection represents Michael Rosen's encounter with an 'ethnography of the center'-the study of cultural orders in the heart of the metropolis. Considers occupational worlds from finance and advertising to the subworld of drug dealing.

Skin of Your Back

Skin of Your Back

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/06/1996

On Voluntary Servitude False Consciousness and The Theory of Ideology

On Voluntary Servitude False Consciousness and The Theory of Ideology

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/04/1996

This book addresses a central theme in social and political theory: what is the motivation behind the theory of ideology, and can such a theory be defended?

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