Poetry Books for Children Poetry Books for Children

Children find Poetry incredibly pleasurable and our selection of books below are broken down into just 2 age ranges to give you some guidance. All the books are perfect for sharing at bedtime and for children to also enjoy alone. Always inspirational; collections of poetry will take the reader into another world.

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Poetry books for under 7's

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... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | Books of the Month | Children's Laureate | Julia Eccleshare's Picks | Picture Book Party | Poetry
Format: Hardback | Released 03/09/2015
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I Wish I Had a Pirate's Hat
Roger Stevens
Another lively collection from Roger Stevens, who does more to inspire a love of poetry in young children than almost anyone, and these are ‘poems to chase the clouds away.' Grouped into three sections – Fun Time, School Time and... Featured in: 5+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 06/08/2015
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Shuffle and Squelch
Julia Donaldson
A joyful collection of poems for young children by an author who is completely in tune with her audience! Julia Donaldson celebrates the delights of going to the park, walking the dog, pizza, riding a bike and sliding down the... Featured in: 5+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Here Come the Creatures!
Wes Magee
Delightful and kind humour bubbles through this collection of poems about everyday things in family life - and the creatures that are part of it. Among other things, there's a look at garden birds, at a bumblebee, at a drink... Featured in: 5+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 02/05/2013
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Wriggle and Roar
Julia Donaldson
Giggle along to these wonderful rhymes whether you're with your toddler in the nursery or the car. Full of action and noise it's guaranteed to get kids engaged and stimulated to love poetry. Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Over the Hills and Far Away A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes from Around the World
Elizabeth Hammill
Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK.A fine collection of poems and rhymes from all... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | Christmas Books 2014 | Diverse Voices | 5+ readers | Poetry | Schools
Format: Hardback | Released 02/10/2014
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The Language of Cat
Rachel Rooney
Winner of the CLPE (The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) Poetry Award 2012. Age 5+. With wordplay, riddles and poems that are funny, fast-paced, lyrical and thought-provoking, this is an exciting debut from an outstanding new poet. Awarding the... Featured in: 5+ readers | All Shortlists and Winners | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2011
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My Life as a Goldfish And Other Poems
Rachel Rooney
Shortlisted for 2015 CLPE Poetry Award - the only award in the UK for published children's poetry - Chosen as one of the Top Ten Best New Books for Children 2015 by Andrea Reece. A list of top books... Featured in: 5+ readers | All Shortlists and Winners | 7+ readers | Poetry | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 02/10/2014
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I'm a Little Alien
James Carter
Meet a little green alien; then zoom off in your rocket to find space poems, rhymes about mermaids, funny faces and even a greedy robot. This is a fun and playful new collection by an award-winning poet who knows how... Featured in: 5+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2014
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The Monster Sale
Brian Moses
The title poem launches a witty and varied anthology made the more tempting by the suitably benign monster on its attractive cover. Brian Moses writes entertainingly about a funky crocodile called Burt, What An Ardvark Likes to Do Best and... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 02/05/2013
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What Happens When the Queen Burps?
John Foster
A great collection of riddles, rhymes and jokes designed to make readers laugh out loud – and they will! Best-selling John Foster knows his audience exceptionally well and taps into school humour unerringly as Clever Trevor's Classroom Quips demonstrates superbly. Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers | 9+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 07/02/2013
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What Do You Call a One-eyed Dinosaur?
John Foster
Dinosaurs seem to be a never ending source of jokes – their extraordinary appearance, their complicated names, they outrageous habits and the fact that not everything about them is already known, make them absolutely ripe for some good humoured prods.... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers | 9+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 07/02/2013
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Lucky
Roger Mcgough
5+. A fabulous collection of poems from one of the UK's best-loved poets. Deliciously witty, each of the fifty poems is a little firecracker of delight delivering knowledge and insights in a light and humorous way. Many are about animals... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2012
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Under the Spell of the Moon
Katherine Paterson
Age 3+. Stunning illustrations from around the world lie at the heart of this beautiful book. Each has been gifted by its creator as a contribution to support the work of the International Board of Books for the Young. To... Featured in: 3+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2012
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The Big Snuggle-up
Brian Patten
Age: Baby +. On a cold winter's night one animal after another invites himself into a house and by the time it's bedtime there's all manner of animals and scarecrow tucked up by the fire. Some delightful close-up and colourful... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | Books of the Month | 5+ readers | Poetry
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2011
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The Oxford Treasury of Classic Poems
Michael Harrison, Christopher Stuart-clark
Age 5+. There are a host of familiar and well-loved poems in this beautifully presented anthology. Dipping in and drawing out classic favourites such as W.H Auden's 'The Night Mail' with its rolling rhythm that matches the sound of the... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2011
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Scary Poems to make you Shiver
Susie Gibbs
Age 5+. Phantoms, ghosts, trick or treats, wild woods and being kidnapped- collectively it couldn't be more scary. Will you be scared to death or do you enjoy getting goosebumps? Featured in: 5+ readers | Poetry Day 2014 | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2006
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There's a Lion in My Bathroom Non-Sense Poetry for Children
Giles Paley-Phillips
Age 5+ Poetry. This is a delightful collection of nonsense poetry complimented by some terrific illustrations that will leave the reader begging for more and smiling for days. With poems everyone will enjoy whatever their age, there really is something... Featured in: 5+ readers | Summer Reading 2012 | 7+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 30/08/2010
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The King of Quizzical Island Digs Through the World
Gordon Snell
Age 3+. This is one of the loveliest picture books that's been published in 2011 to share with your toddler. In the extraordinary adventures of the King of Quizzical Island, the King decides he must prove to his citizens that... Featured in: 3+ readers | 2012 Great Reads | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 07/06/2012
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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... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers | Poetry
Format: Hardback | Released 03/10/2011
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Everybody Was a Baby Once
Allan Ahlberg
Age 3+. Shortlisted for the CLPE Poetry Award 2011, which honours excellence in poetry written for children. A wonderful collection of the simplest and most joyous poems produced in a gorgeous picture book format. Nineteen delightful poems about everything from... Featured in: 3+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2011
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Hey Little Bug Poems for Little Creatures
James Carter
Age 5+. Reviewed and selected by our poetry expert, Liam Parkin: Hey, Little Bug! is a charming and tender collection written for the ‘little bugs' that constantly absorb sights and sounds around them. As a performer of poetry, James... Featured in: 5+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2011
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Here Comes the Poetry Man Poems for Young People
Fred Sedgwick
Age 5+. Reviewed and selected by our poetry expert, Liam Parkin: Fred Sedgwick has a wealthy background of children's poetry, and his new collection Here Comes the Poetry Man certainly shows this. Written for young children, the poems deal... Featured in: 5+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 15/02/2011
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An Imaginary Menagerie
Roger Mcgough
Age 5+. A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. Reviewed and selected by our poetry expert, Liam Parkin: Roger McGough is one of the most well-liked and revered poets we have today and his children's poetry... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers | 2011 Great Reads | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2011
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Brian Wildsmith's Favourite Nursery Rhymes
Brian Wildsmith
Age 3+. Prize-winning illustrator Brian Wildsmith's distinctive illustration bring this collection of best-loved nursery rhymes beautifully to life. There's a gorgeously fat cow jumping over the moon while the cat fiddles below, a delightfully merry King Cole relishing his fiddlers... Featured in: 3+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 05/03/2009
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Seaside Poems
Jill Bennett
Age 3+. A wonderful collection of poetry perfect to read together with your toddler this summer on your beach holiday. Beach holidays will never be the same once you've read this. Featured in: 3+ readers | Poetry | Summer Reads
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2006
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The Sun In Me
Judith Nicholls
Age 5+ This is a wonderful collection of poems, whose theme is the world around us and how we see nature through the eyes of a child, through wonder and intense curiosity. A terrific book to share the wonders of... Featured in: 5+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2008
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The Usborne Book of Poetry For Children

Age 5+ A beautiful collection of poetry to lose yourself in and to treasure for life. The wonder of the words is superbly complemented by some stunning illustrations. Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers | Poetry
Format: Hardback | Released 28/09/2007
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The Puffin Book of Utterly Brilliant Poetry
Brian Patten
Age 6+ This is a wonderful celebration of poems by ten of the most outstanding poets of the last 30 years or so. There's something here for all the family to share and enjoy, time after time. There's even an... Featured in: 5+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 26/08/1999
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Revolting Rhymes
Roald Dahl
Age 6+ A brilliant collection of comic and often gory versions of popular fairy tales. Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers | NYR 2008 | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 07/11/2013
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Rumble in the Jungle
Giles Andreae
Age 0-5. This wonderful collection of animal poems gives toddlers and young children the chance to be introduced to poetry via the world of jungle. Written by Giles Andreae, one of Britain's bestselling modern poets Rumble in the Jungle is... Featured in: 3+ readers | Baby and Toddler | Poetry
Format: Mixed Media Product | Released 01/02/2007
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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. Featured in: 5+ readers | Poetry | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 27/06/1996
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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... Featured in: 5+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 18/04/2005
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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... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 04/10/1999
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Collected Poems For Children
Ted Hughes
Age 5+. An essential poetry collection for children of all ages that brings together the poems that Ted Hughes wrote for children throughout his life. The text is complemented by some completely stunning illustrations by Raymond Briggs. Divided according to... Featured in: 5+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 06/03/2008
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Puzzling Poems To Drive You Crazy
Susie Gibbs
Age 5+. A poetry book to keep your child amused in the loo, in the bath or simply when they're bored, it's full of brain twisting poems that may drive you crazy but will also delight you in your cleverness... Featured in: 5+ readers | Poetry Day 2014 | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 03/08/2006
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Revolting Poems To Make You Squirm
Susie Gibbs
Age 5+. Slimy, stinky fun is on the menu when you read this collection of poetry. There are poems about bugs, about spots, about worms and the best of all is the one about black socks! Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers | Poetry Day 2014 | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 03/08/2006
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Poetry Books for over 7's

My First Oxford Book Of Poems
John Foster
Age 0 - 5+ A delightful first collection of poetry for young children with many old favourites and plenty new too. From the fantastical and nonsensical to everyday creatures and the weather you and your child will be charmed by... Featured in: 3+ readers | Poetry Day 2014 | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 03/08/2006
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Vanishing Trick Poems by Ros Asquith
Ros Asquith
When I hear the word word My brain goes blurred My mind feels furred. Word is a strange word isn't it? It has too many meanings, doesn't it? After all, everything's a word. How absurd. Ros Asquith is a Guardian... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 06/08/2015
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Crazy Mayonnaisy Mum
Julia Donaldson
A wonderful collection of poems from the much-loved creator of The Gruffalo, all of them perfect for reading aloud. There are funny poems (lots of those as you'd expect) and nonsense rhymes as well as story poems and quieter poems... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers | Poetry | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 30/07/2015
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Werewolf Club Rules! And Other Poems
Joseph Coelho
Winner of 2015 CLPE Poetry Award - the only award in the UK for published children's poetry An exciting debut poetry collection from an exciting new voice. The collection includes a wide range of poems, from funny and fantastical to... Featured in: 7+ readers | All Shortlists and Winners | 9+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2014
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Read Me: A Poem for Every Day of the Year
Gaby Morgan
This book was first published ten years ago to celebrate the National Year of Reading. It was a great idea then, and it's even better to see this new edition now when a number of commentators have highlighted with alarm... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 18/06/2015
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Read Me 2: A Poem for Every Day of the Year
Gaby Morgan
A handsome and welcome new edition of this excellent poetry book, which contains a poem for every day of the year. The range of poems included is simply superb – there are traditional poems and classics alongside poems by contemporary... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 18/06/2015
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There's a Monster in the Garden The Best of David Harmer
David Harmer
School life, families, football, aliens - these are some of performance poet David Harmer's favourite things, all popular themes for his poems. Like the title poem to this collection, they are often presented with something of a ‘what if?' warning,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Brian Moses' School Report Very Funny Poems About School
Brian Moses
A fantastic collection of modern poems all about school from the talented poet Brian Moses. There are rhyming poems and funny poems and lots of poems about teachers - and exactly what they get up to behind the staffroom door... Featured in: 7+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 03/07/2014
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The Penguin in Lost Property
Jan Dean, Roger Stevens
A super new collection of poems featuring a vast range of animals, birds and fish, from the penguin in lost property making a bid for freedom, to the cat that would rather be eating spiders than lapping up milk. Funny... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 03/07/2014
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I Love My Mum
Gaby Morgan
Gaby Morgan has gathered together a really wonderful selection of poems about mums. There are over 50 in this little volume, some will make you smile, some will probably turn you a bit teary, but each one contains something true... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Poetry | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 29/01/2015
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What Are We Fighting For? New Poems About War
Roger Stevens, Brian Moses
Wide- ranging and thoughtful, this anthology of poems by award-winning poets Roger Stevens and Brian Moses captures the many different aspects of war. Divided into three sections the first of which focuses on different aspects of World War 1, the... Featured in: 11+ readers | 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Poetry | The World Wars
Format: Paperback | Released 30/01/2014
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All the Wild Wonders Poems of Our Earth
Wendy Cooling
Poems that span the globe encouraging all readers to look at the good and the bad aspects of it make this a rich and original anthology. Twinning the themes of the wonders of the world and the horrors of how... Featured in: 7+ readers | Poetry
Format: Hardback | Released 05/03/2015
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You Tell Me!
Roger McGough, Michael Rosen
Football, first love, teachers and tongue-twisters is a fantastic poetry collection by two of the funniest, most famous poets writing today. Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Football Crazy | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 08/01/2015
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Peacock Pie A Book of Rhymes
Walter de la Mare
The poems that make up this collection were first published in 1913 but it was not until 1946 that it was published, as it is in this new edition, with Edward Ardizzone's illustrations. Though de la Mare's poems describe a... Featured in: 7+ readers | The Classics | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2015
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Green Glass Beads A Collection of Poems
Jacqueline Wilson
Age 9+. Former Children's Laureate Dame Jacqueline Wilson has been a lover of poetry for as long as she can remember. Choosing her own favourite poems, she has gathered together a wonderful, vibrant collection from classics such as Shakespeare's The... Featured in: 9+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 07/06/2012
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Out and About A First Book of Poems
Shirley Hughes
From the joys of the seaside to the miseries of the sickbed, this exuberant volume captures to perfection the world of childhood. It is a beautiful gift edition of the classic picture book, with a new introduction by Shirley Hughes. Featured in: 5+ readers | Christmas Books 2014 | Poetry | Schools
Format: Hardback | Released 02/10/2014
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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
T. S. Eliot
The world-famous rhymes starring cats such as Macavity the Mystery Cat and Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat are beautifully presented in this edition with illustrations by Axel Scheffler best-known for his pictures of the Gruffalo. Perfect for reading out loud, the... Featured in: 5+ readers | Audio Books | The Classics | Christmas 2013 | 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Poetry | eBooks
Format: Hardback | Released 05/09/2013
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Thawing Frozen Frogs
Brian Patten
Age 7+. A wonderful collection of witty and thought provoking poems on every subject you can think of. Ever thought Why Toads Look Much More Serious Than Frogs? Probably not. But, after reading Brian Patten's poem you may look at... Featured in: 7+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2012
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When Granny Won Olympic Gold And Other Medal-Winning Poems
Graham Denton
Age 7+ poetry. Selected by our poetry expert, Liam Parkin: When Granny Won Olympic Gold is a lively, humorous collection of medal-winning sports poems that children aged 7 or 8+ will love. It includes plenty of humorous rhymes along... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Sport, Sport | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2012
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Sticky Ends
Jeanne Willis
Age 7+. Twenty six fabulously funny modern cautionary tales are wittily illustrated by Tony Ross in this vivid and entertaining collection. The sticky ends of the title bring delightful surprises to verses about the truly disgusting nature of school dinners,... Featured in: 7+ readers | Books of the Month | 11+ readers | 9+ readers | Poetry
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2011
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Cuckoo Rock
Phil Bowen
Age 9+. Shortlisted for the CLPE Poetry Award 2011 Cuckoo Rock creates a magical, elemental, questioning journey in search of a lost tomorrow through fire, earth, air and water meeting lots of wonderful knockabout musical characters on the way in... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 01/10/2010
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Evidence of Dragons
Pie Corbett
Age 7+. A delightful collection of poems about everything from dragons to walking backwards! Pie Corbett's poems have an easy accessibility and a clarity of writing which makes them easy to read and fun for all. Featured in: 7+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 01/07/2011
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Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar

Age 3+. Here is a collection of more than 80 poems and rhymes from a glittering galaxy of more than 50 poets. It is a delectable assortment of light, melt-in-the-mouth poems for the very young to dip into again and again. They... Featured in: 5+ readers | Bookshelf Essentials | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 05/02/2009
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The Watch That Ends the Night : Voices from the Titanic
Allan Wolf
Age 14+. Arrogance and innocence, hubris and hope – twenty-four haunting voices of the Titanic tragedy, as well as the iceberg itself, are evoked in a stunning tour de force. If you're interested in this book, you might also like: Featured in: 13+ readers | Poetry
Format: Hardback | Released 02/02/2012
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The Young Inferno
John Agard
Age 9+. Winner of The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education's Poetry Award for 2009 and nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2010. Brilliantly original, John Agard's poetic reworking of Dante's Inferno for a young, modern audience is a thrilling... Featured in: 11+ readers | All Shortlists and Winners | 9+ readers | Graphic Novels | Poetry | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2012
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Olympic Poems - 100% Unofficial!
Brian Moses, Roger Stevens
Age 7 + poetry. All the excitement of the big games – and smaller ones too – is captured in this anthology of poems devoted to different aspects of sport and sporting events. There's boasting and imagination in I am... Featured in: 7+ readers | Sport, Sport | Poetry | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2012
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Off Road to Everywhere
Philip Gross
Age 9+. Winner of the CLPE Poetry Award 2011 , which honours excellence in poetry written for children. Reviewed and selected by our poetry expert, Liam Parkin: Already an established poet and winner of the T. S. Eliot prize,... Featured in: 9+ readers | All Shortlists and Winners | 11+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2010
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If You Could See Laughter
Mandy Coe
Age 7+. Highly Commended by the panel of the CLPE Poetry Award 2011, which honours excellence in poetry written for children. Reviewed and selected by our poetry expert, Liam Parkin: Mandy Coe has a vast amount of experience in... Featured in: 7+ readers | All Shortlists and Winners | 9+ readers | Poetry | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 01/10/2010
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My Cat is in Love with The Goldfish and Other Loopy Love Poems
Graham Denton
Age 7+. A wonderful collection of mad love poems that will make you giggle, squirm and swoon. When frogs don't turn into princes and a whale falls head over tail for a submarine, love really does turn upside down. Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2010
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100 Best Poems For Children
Roger Mcgough
Age 7+ 100s of poems chosen by school children all around the UK was the starting point for this collection. Roger McGough then paired the list down to just 100 contemporary and classic poems. January 2011 Guest Editor Jenny Downham:... Featured in: 7+ readers | NYR 2008 | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 03/10/2002
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Heard It In The Playground
Allan Ahlberg
Age 7+ This book is a classic and although life in the school playground is a little different now to what it was when it was first published this remains one of the best introductions to poetry for young children. Featured in: 7+ readers | Poetry | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/1991
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Don't Tell The Teacher
Gervase Phinn
Age 7+ Brilliantly observed as always, family, teachers, pupils and the dreaded school inspector all leap to life in this wonderfully warm and witty, brand new, poetry collection from Gervase Phinn. New kids, disobedient deputy heads, school reports and fireworks,... Featured in: 7+ readers | NYR 2008 | Poetry | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 03/08/2006
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Collected Poems
Allan Ahlberg
Age 8+ A treasure-trove of delights are gathered together in this wonderful anthology of some of Allan Ahlberg's best-loved poems. Taken from the best selling collections, Please Mrs Butler, Heard it in the Playground, The Mighty Slide, Friendly Matches and... Featured in: 7+ readers | Bookzone | 9+ readers | Poetry | eBooks
Format: Hardback | Released 05/06/2008
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I am a Poetato An A-Z of Poems About People, Pets and Other Creatures
John Hegley
From A-Z - Alligator to The Dog Runs (Zoom) - John Hegley has a witty, surprising and always entertaining poem for every letter. Wonderfully varied, there are poems about people, pets and all kinds of other creatures. In each of... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 02/04/2015
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A is Amazing! Poems About Feelings
Wendy Cooling
To dip in and out of whatever your mood and to savour in longer moments, this is a thought-provoking anthology. How different poems capture different moods and moments unfolds beautifully in both Wendy Cooling's careful choice of poems and Piet... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 07/08/2014
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Edward Lear's Book of Nonsense
Edward Lear
Best-loved nonsense songs such as The Owl and the Pussy-Cat, The Jumblies, The Dong with the Luminous Nose and many more are included in this highly attractive volume. The jokes at the heart of each are perfectly illustrated by Christine... Featured in: 7+ readers | Christmas Books 2014 | 5+ readers | Poetry
Format: Hardback | Released 01/05/2014
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Because a Fire Was in My Head
Michael Morpurgo
Former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo's love of poetry shines through this wonderfully wide ranging and personal anthology which is packed-full of gems. Many are poems Michael Morpurgo has cherished since his own childhood such as Robert Louis Stevenson's ‘Windy Nights',... Featured in: 7+ readers | Poetry | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2013
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The Dragon with a Big Nose
Kathy Henderson
This lively collection of poems reflects on all kinds of things from the magical such as the badly behaved dragon of the title poem, to the everyday. ‘Steel Birds' is a wonderful poetic evocation of the cranes that dominate the... Featured in: 7+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2013
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A Laureate's Choice: 101 Poems for Children Chosen by Carol Ann Duffy
Carol Ann Duffy
A beautiful poetry collection encompassing both classic and modern verse chosen by the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy. Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 14/03/2013
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What Wears a Sock on Its Bottom?
John Foster
Jokes, riddles and rhymes abound in this entertaining selection of ‘stuff'. Selected for its smelly socks, bogies, bottoms, cowpats and the rest, this is a easy to access collection for children who enjoy a laugh. Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 06/09/2012
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How Do You Make a Skeleton Laugh?
John Foster
More jokes, riddles and rhymes this time about pirates, ghosts, vampires and flesh-eating zombies. Lots of jokes about ghouls and ghosts and some very unsavoury things that go bump in the night. Hilarious and horrid, this collection will delight young... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Books for Boys | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 06/09/2012
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Can it be About Me?
Cheryl Moskowitz
A delightfully varied collection of poems which capture many of the familiar things that take place in classrooms, every day and every where. All children will recognise themselves in some poems whether it is Lunchbox Hero or Number Troubles! Ros... Featured in: 7+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 02/08/2012
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There Was an Old Fellow from Skye
Antony Wootten
Age 7+. This is a little pot of gold with lots of clever rhymes guaranteed to make you laugh. Limericks have been endearingly popular for longer than most can remember and Antony Wootten's There was an old fellow from Skye... Featured in: 7+ readers | Summer Reading 2012 | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 01/12/2011
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Journey to the Centre of My Brain
James Carter
Age 7+. Selected by our poetry expert, Liam Parkin: James Carter's third collection for children is a real treat packed with gorgeous thoughts, dreams and moments. Sneak a peek into his brain in this brilliant collection of poems. Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Poetry | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2012
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A Million Brilliant Poems A Collection of the Very Best Children's Poetry Today
Roger Stevens
Age 9+. Shortlisted for the CLPE Poetry Award 2011 Roger Stevens has selected the very best children's poetry published over the last 15 years in one fabulous book. Funny poems, sad poems, and poems to learn by heart and many... Featured in: 9+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 01/10/2010
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A Shame to Miss Poetry
Anne Fine
Age 9+. Former Children's Laureate Anne Fine's own passion for poetry spills out of this collection and its pair. Choosing a dazzling selection of poems from across the centuries – some very well-known and others less so - Anne... Featured in: 9+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released //--
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Excuses, Excuses
John Foster
Age 9+. Art lessons, drama, assembly, wet playtime and school dinners are just some of the many aspects of SCHOOL that are captured in these wonderfully wide ranging anthologies of contemporary poems. Both are a feast of entertainment that's fun... Featured in: 9+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2009
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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... Featured in: 9+ readers | NYR 2008 | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2008
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The Hat
Carol Ann Duffy
Age 9+. From one of the country's most eminent and award winning poets comes this utterly delightful collection. Charming and witty these poems will take you off to magical worlds seeing extraordinary people, animals and beasts and all of them... Featured in: 9+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2008
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IF A Treasury of Poems for Almost Every Possibility
Allie Esiri
A review by Liam Parkin Poetry for a younger audience is often ‘shunted in the realm of schoolwork' as Allie Esri and Rachel Kelly notice, but this beautiful anthology reminds us of the resonance that particular poems, verses and lines... Featured in: 9+ readers | Christmas 2012 | 13+ readers | 7+ readers | Poetry
Format: Hardback | Released 04/10/2012
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School's Out
John Foster
Age 7+. Art lessons, drama, assembly, wet playtime and school dinners are just some of the many aspects of SCHOOL that are captured in these wonderfully wide ranging anthologies of contemporary poems. Both are a feast of entertainment that's fun... Featured in: 7+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2009
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Please Mrs. Butler
Allan Ahlberg
Age 7+. This funny collection of poems for the 8-11 age group is all about one school. The verses cover such things as playtime, the school outing, the school nurse, French lessons, the three R's, nicknames, best friends - and... Featured in: 7+ readers | Poetry | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 30/08/1984
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You Have Been Warned!
Roger Mcgough
Age 7+. A deliciously macabre collection of cautionary poems in which gruesome and grisly children are taught the errors of their ways. McGough's own poem ‘Cautionary Tales' entertainingly describes the fate that befalls Josephine whose lack of application at school... Featured in: 7+ readers | Poetry
Format: Hardback | Released 07/08/2008
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Silly Verse For Kids
Spike Milligan
Age 7+ Ridiculous rhymes, all illustrated with Spike Milligan's own absurd drawings, all of which will amuse and amaze you. Featured in: 7+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 25/01/1973
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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... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2009
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Oxford Book Of Children's Poetry
Michael Harrison, Christopher Stuart-clark
Age 7+. A wonderful treasury of more than 250 poems, old and new from old favourites by Rudyard Kipling and Hilaire Belloc to new poems by some of the best contemporary poets for children such as Michael Rosen and Carol... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Oxford Centenary | Poetry
Format: Hardback | Released 06/09/2007
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The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems
Jackie Morris
Age 7+ Whether you're 5 or 105 this is a real dream of a book; a collection of poems that reflect every facet of life with a thoughtful blend of humour and playfulness, poignancy and nostalgia. It's a collection to... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | NYR 2008 | Poetry
Format: Hardback | Released 09/09/2006
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New and Collected Poems for Children
Carol Ann Duffy
Age 7+. A stunning collection of poems for children by the Poet Laureate. Carol Ann Duffy's collection opens with ‘The Words of Poems', which is a perfect introduction to the feast of delights found within this anthology. Duffy's poems encompass... Featured in: 7+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 31/12/2006
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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... Featured in: 7+ readers | Poetry | Bath Kids Book Festival | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 05/08/2010
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The Usborne Book of Poems For Young Children
Philip Hawthorn
Age 6+ This is a beautifully illustrated anthology of verse ranging from classics written by Roald Dahl and Lewis Carroll to exciting new contemporary poets. Covering many different themes and moods, each one will show children how inspiring and magical... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers | Poetry
Format: Hardback | Released 26/11/2004
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Poems from the First World War Published in Association with Imperial War Museums
Gaby Morgan
Written by those who were involved at the time, this is a thoughtful and powerful selection of poems that capture many different experiences of war. The soldiers' view is reflected in familiar poems such as Wilfred Owen's haunting Dulce Et... Featured in: 11+ readers | 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Poetry | Schools | The World Wars
Format: Paperback | Released 08/05/2014
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Shahnameh The Persian Book of Kings
Elizabeth Laird
February 2014 Poetry Book of the Month The Shahnameh is a fabulous collection of stories and myths from ancient Persia, written into an epic poem by the poet Firdousi in the 10th century. Elizabeth Laird is passionate about bringing this... Featured in: 11+ readers | Books of the Month | 13+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 06/02/2014
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Cosmic Disco
Grace Nichols
Award-winning Grace Nichols creates all the moods evoked by the title in this beautiful anthology which lightly captures the wonder of the world. Lightly in poems such as ‘Sun, You're a Star' Nichols gives her own account of the universe.... Featured in: 11+ readers | Poetry | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 15/08/2013
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A Shame to Miss Poetry
Anne Fine
Age 14+. Former Children's Laureate Anne Fine's own passion for poetry spills out of this collection and its pair. Choosing a dazzling selection of poems from across the centuries – some very well-known and others less so - Anne... Featured in: 13+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 23/10/2012
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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... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2009
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Poems from the Second World War
Gaby Morgan
In numbers World War Two is almost incomprehensible – so many countries involved, so many different fronts and campaigns, so many lives affected. By bringing together poems by soldiers, airmen, mothers, civilians and others directly involved, this excellent anthology puts... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | 9+ readers | YA readers | Poetry | The World Wars
Format: Hardback | Released 07/05/2015
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Michael Rosen Michael Rosen, the Children's Laureate 2007 - 09, a poet and huge supporter of children's poetry has given us his views on poetry - written especially for Lovereading4kids.

FROM MICHAEL ROSEN:

"Poetry is a special way of talking and writing. Poems are often musical, playing with the sounds of language while they tell stories, reveal feelings, make pictures and give us ideas. We all find this pleasurable, but children especially so. I guess that's because for very young children, language often comes at them as something they hear without necessarily understanding it. Then poems come along and hit the same channel, sound, rhythm, rhyme, repetition and all the other tricks in the poet's bag.

Poems are also places where you don't have to say it all, they don't have to tie it up in a neat knot in the way that stories usually do. Poems can end with questions. Poems can end with no answers. Poems can pose problems. And that's fine, because life doesn't usually finish with neat little endings. Life itself is full of questions and problems. Particularly for children.

Poetry is great for what is almost the opposite of this: pretending we aren't who we say we are. Poets write poems where they pretend to be goddesses, houses, worms, graves, long dead ancestors, aliens. This allows poets to explore feelings they didn't know they had, and in so doing, they invite children to wonder about other lives, other states of existence, other possibilities.

Poems are often full of echoes, gathering together hints and memories of other poems, other stories, films, signs, speeches. They gather up and change words. It's as if poems like this point us at the very language we see and hear around us and invite us to stop, think and wonder if the words we are used to are right, honest or worthwhile. For children, this is especially important. If you think for a moment, very nearly all children enter school, using a language that is theirs, only to find that school is full of language that seems to belong to other people. If poetry plays with language and, through its music, invites children to remember and imitate it, this becomes a language that they can possess."

photograph - Graham Turner

... AND A WARNING TO GROWN-UPS FROM THE AUTHORS OF THE JUMBLE BOOK

Poetry is fun. Do not spoil it.

Do not make children read this book for homework. If you do you may be vaporized by a death ray.

Poems are allowed to have rude words because they are literature, so bum to you.

Do not ask children how these poems make them feel. It is a stupid question.

Do not try to analyse these poems: they may self-detonate.

If you can’t see the sense of it, that’s probably your fault.

Poems do not have to be written in grammatical sentences or have correct
punctuation, so nurch.

Do not tell people off for daydreaming. Poems come from daydreams.

Never make anyone copy out a poem. It spoils it.

Do not make children read these poems aloud in front of the whole class. If you do, you will be kidnapped by aliens and taken to Alpha Centauri and forced to mark Year Six homework for a thousand years.

Issued by the Galactic Authority and dictated by telepathy to Ken Follett, who wrote it all down with no crossings out.


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