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Michael Rosen - 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.

Join Michael Rosen as he attempts to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the Largest reading lesson at 10am on Tues. 15 July. Watch below.

Michael Rosen on Michael Rosen:

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, with extracts, by Michael Rosen

Reader ReviewedA Great Big Cuddle
Michael Rosen
Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month, September 2015 Children's Laureates Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen combine here to create a beautiful collection of ebullient poems for the very young. Michael Rosen's close and affectionate observation of small children and the...
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Reader ReviewedUncle Gobb and the Dread Shed
Michael Rosen
June 2015 Book of the Month Malcom's Uncle Gobb is really irritating, and not just because he keeps shouting ‘the boy needs to do more homework'. When Gobb Education starts taking over their school, and Uncle Gobb sets up the...
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We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Michael Rosen
Colour in the bear hunt with this wonderful colouring activity book, based on the classic picture book by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. Helen Oxenbury's beautiful illustrations are as enchanting here as in the beloved original, and Michael Rosen's brilliantly...
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We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Michael Rosen
Join in the bear hunt with this fabulous sticker activity book, based on the classic picture book by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. Little ones will be absorbed for hours with this sticker book filled with engaging activities. You might...
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Don't Forget Tiggs!
Michael Rosen
May 2015 Book of the Month This tale of the busy Hurrys may well strike a chord with families everywhere. Mr and Mrs Hurry are always rushing, but especially in the mornings. One day they dash off to their respective jobs...
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The Bus is for Us
Michael Rosen
Former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen will delight all readers with this hugely enjoyable and easy to chant rhyming picture book. Riding a bike, going far in a car or, when it starts to rain going in the train are all...
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We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Michael Rosen
One of our Books of the Year 2014 Fantastic, cumulative adventure as a family cheerfully sets out on a brave hunt to find the bear - and this new edition has interactive sound! It could be frightening but they're not scared. They're full...
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Wolfman
Michael Rosen
A Dyslexia Friendly Picture Book for Parent and Child Best-selling Michael Rosen teams up with the brilliant illustrator Chris Mould in this scary story with a witty twist. Wolf Man is on the loose. He is ripping up paving stones...
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Choosing Crumble
Michael Rosen
January 2014 Book of the Month Best-selling Michael Rosen captures the dilemma of any dog choosing a new home – and any home finding a new dog! Terri-Lee goes to the pet shop to choose a dog. But, Crumble isn't...
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We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Michael Rosen
This is the 25th anniversary edition of this bestselling title which well-deserves its classic status. It has become the staple of pre-school life across the globe. Told in a simple rhythmic text that's full of action and it is matched...
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We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Michael Rosen
This is the 25th anniversary board book edition of this bestselling title which well-deserves its classic status. It has become the staple of pre-school life across the globe. Told in a simple rhythmic text that's full of action and it...
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Fluff the Farting Fish
Michael Rosen
Perfect for every child who's just beginning to read alone, this hilarious tale is a roller coaster ride of fame and fortune and the possible resulting disasters. Elvie longs for a dog but gets a goldfish instead! Undeterred from following...
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Fantastic Mr Dahl
Michael Rosen
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2013 - Best Book with Facts Michael's voice is pitch-perfect for young readers - yes, it's a fact book, and will be used in classrooms to support any Dahl reading, but Michael's own...
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Blue
Michael Rosen
How a younger brother finds the skills he needs to match all the clever things his older brother does is magically resolved when Raffi goes up, up and away with an exceptional blue cat. It's a dark, dark night when...
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Dear Fairy Godmother
Michael Rosen
A sequel to Dear Mother Goose , this is a hilarious collection of fairy stories with a difference. All the best-loved fairy-tale characters are here and they all have a different problem from the pesky girl who keeps eating little...
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Bob the Bursting Bear
Michael Rosen
Bob is a bear with a difference! He tries to everything he's been taught before he goes out to be with a family but although he shows them his exercises, tries to be cuddly and does some reading, nothing seem...
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Even My Ears are Smiling
Michael Rosen
Age 3+. Former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen's wonderfully touching and witty poems take readers through many familiar family moments such as Dad loosing his glasses in 'Where are his Glasses?' as well as some wildly inventive experiences as in 'A...
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Tiny Little Fly
Michael Rosen
A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. Best-selling author of We're Going on a Bear Hunt and former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen has a gift for playful humour for the very young. How Small, in this case...
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Tiny Little Fly
Michael Rosen
Children's Laureate Michael Rosen writes with great humour and economy in this delicious tease of a book. Just how much chaos can one tiny fly cause? Plenty! The great big elephant, the great big hippo and the great big tiger...
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Michael Rosen's Big Book of Bad Things
Michael Rosen
Age 7+. Children's Laureate Michael Rosen brilliantly entertaining poems capture all kinds of moments of childhood – funny, sad, outrageous, tender, serious – many of which happened in his own childhood. Through them he charts some terrible things he did...
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Bear Flies High
Michael Rosen
This is an exhilarating story about friends helping each other realise their dreams and, having great fun doing it. When bear wants to fly he's helped by four little children to realise his dream. What fun they have. In addition,...
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Bear Flies High (Hardback and Audio CD)
Michael Rosen
This is an exhilarating story about friends helping each other realise their dreams and, having great fun doing it. When bear wants to fly he's helped by four little children to realise his dream. What fun they have. In addition,...
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Classic Poetry: An Illustrated Collection
Michael Rosen
Age 7+. Favourite classic poems are included in this hugely satisfying and handsomely illustrated collection. Among my favourites are the familiar nonsense of Edward Lear, Shelley's mysterious and hauntingly beautiful Ozymandias and Edward Thomas's Adlestrop. Others will find their own...
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Kingfisher Book Of Children's Poetry
Michael Rosen
Age 9+ Children's Laureate and poet Michael Rosen offers children a rich taste of the world's poetry in this broad-ranging collection which includes classic work by Virgil, Chaucer, Donne, Milton and Coleridge, as well as contemporary verse by poets including...
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The Bear In The Cave
Michael Rosen
From the brilliantly talented author of We're going on a Bear Hunt, comes a wonderfully warm and funny story about a bear who lives by the sea but thinks life in the city will be more fun – until he...
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Even Stevens F.C.
Michael Rosen
For anyone who loves ‘The Beautiful Game' and who has ever dreamed of playing in an F.A. Cup Final then this is the perfect book. Even Stevens F.C. are a non-league side from Hackney who by extraordinary circumstances end up...
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Mustard, Custard, Grumble Belly And Gravy
Michael Rosen
If you only want one collection of poetry on your child's bookshelf then it has to be this stunning 25th anniversary hardback collection by best-selling author Michael Rosen and illustrator Quentin Blake. Alone or together with your child you will...
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The Bear In The Cave
Michael Rosen
From the brilliantly talented author of We're going on a Bear Hunt , comes a wonderfully warm and funny story about a bear who lives by the sea but thinks life in the city will be more fun – until...
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South And North, East And West
Michael Rosen
This is a totally unique kaleidoscopic collection of children's stories from around the world with illustrations by some outstanding artists including Helen Oxenbury, John Burningham, Axel Scheffler and Michael Foreman to name just four. It will fascinate children from 5...
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What's So Special About Shakespeare?
Michael Rosen
Ideal for browsing, the text is divided into clear sections and includes studies of four of Shakespeare's plays, intriguing facts and information about Shakespeare himself and the world in the Elizabethean age, accompanied by a useful time line.
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A Spider Bought A Bicycle
Michael Rosen
Age 6+ This collection is an ideal introduction to the joys of poetry. Favourite children's poet Michael Rosen knows just what will appeal most to children. Deliberately wide-ranging, it includes the work of classic poets such as Tennyson and Coleridge...
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Little Rabbit Foo Foo
Michael Rosen
He's wild, he's wicked, he's Little Rabbit Foo-Foo! The bully-boy bunny likes nothing better than to ride through the forest bopping everyone on the head. Wriggly worms, tigers, no one is safe. But here comes the Good Fairy - and...
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The Walker Book of Classic Poetry and Poets
Michael Rosen
Age 9+ This is an invaluable introduction to poets and poetry, with lively biographical sketches and fascinating notes written by Children's Laureate, Michael Rosen, this is a classic collection to be read from cover to cover and back again or...
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Night - Night, Knight
Michael Rosen
Age 0-5+ People, cats, hats, the silvery moon are just some of the entertaining images you'll see and hear in this entertaining and colourfully illustrated collection of poems, compiled by award-winning poet and Children's Laureate, Michael Rosen. Written in lots...
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Michael Rosen's Book of Nonsense
Michael Rosen
In the best tradition of nonsense verse, here are poems, rhymes, wordplay and limericks to make everyone smile and laugh out loud. Children will delight in unravelling the meanings of the words and in creating their own nonsense verse.
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Michael Rosen's Book Of Very Silly Poems
Michael Rosen
Age 6+ Containing all the ingredients of Michael Rosen's poetry - humour, rhyme, repetition and wordplay, this Book of Very Silly Poems covers all sorts of topics, all equally amusing and jovial.
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We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Michael Rosen
Fantastic, cumulative adventure as a family cheerfully sets out on a brave hunt to find the bear. It could be frightening but they're not scared. They're full of confidence in what they are doing. Caves, mud, rivers, forest … whatever...
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