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Roger Stevens has had more than a hundred poems for children published in wide-ranging anthologies from The Hutchinson Treasury of Children's Poetry (Hutchinson) to The Works (Every kind of poem you will ever need for the Literacy Hour) (Macmillan). His verse-novel for teenagers, The Journal of Danny Chaucer (Poet) (Orion) was published in May 2002 and was dramatized on BBC Radio 4 in June 2003. His solo collections for children include I Did Not Eat the Goldfish (Macmillan) and The Monster That Ate the Universe (Macmillan).
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 Home Time – the subjects will all be familiar to little children but the poetry makes them special. Look out for recurring mentions of teacher Miss Moss and the irrepressible Billy, impervious to teacher’s Fairy Dust: She sprinkles it on naughty boys It stops them being silly And helps them work, and sit up straight It doesn’t work on Billy ~ Andrea Reece
April 2012 Debut of the Month. Leading poet Roger Stevens tells a deliciously witty story set in a café with a distinctly haunted feel. How Will and his four sisters survive the summer when they are abandoned by their parents in a rundown seaside café is full of surprises. Not least because their plans to hold a grand opening are thwarted at every turn by the resident ghosts. It is a delicious romp of an adventure with a likeable cast and some very lively action! Perfect for fans of Hilary McKay and Lemony Snicket.
Age 9+. The best collection of contemporary children's poems ever! Every anthology has one or two poems that seem to shout out: 'Hey! I'm the best. Read me again. Learn me by heart. Love me.' So here, for the first time, are all of those poems collected together - from the pens (and computer keyboards) of some of the finest poets in the land.
Published in aid of Dyslexia Action, this splendid jumble of short poems contains a little bit of everything from a mighty assortment of poets, including Roger Stevens, Brian Moses, John Foster, Michael Rosen, Paul Cookson, and Kit Wright. It is a fun and lively collection of poetry that will appeal to children of all ages. Perfect for Reluctant Readers as well as keen readers. To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here.
New poems about the moon from well-known and up-and-coming poets, including many of the National Poetry Day Ambassadors, are combined with classic poems with a moon theme. This is an inspirational and beautifully illustrated anthology that will spark children's imaginations and celebrate our solar system in the 50th anniversary year of the moon landing in July 1969. Poets include Roger Stevens, Brian Moses, Valerie Bloom, Mandy Coe, Grace Nichols, Liz Brownlee, James Carter, Jay Hulme, Tony Mitton, Sue Hardy-Dawson and Rachel Rooney, as well as Percy Bysshe Shelley, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Emily Bronte.
From acrostics and riddles to kennings and paradiddles, this is a fun anthology of puzzling poems which also encourages children to have a go at writing poetry themselves. I am a Jigsaw is an excellent tool for teachers who want to introduce different forms of poems to their pupils and features different types of puzzle poems that are commonly used as models for children's writing in schools. Including puzzle poems ranging from easy to difficult, different poem styles and lots of humour, join Roger Stevens as he helps young readers crack the codes and learn to write their own puzzling poems that will baffle even the greatest mind.
This gorgeous collection of animal poems from Roger Stevens, Liz Brownlee and Sue Hardy-Dawson will entrance and delight in equal measure. Featuring a full alphabet of animals, birds, and insects, with the odd extinct or imaginary creature thrown in, these beautiful shape poems are a perfect way to introduce children to poetry. Some funny, some serious, there is something here for everyone. Book band: Dark Blue
Do you like poems? Are you sure you know what one is?! Join popular poet Roger Stevens for a trip through the different types of poetry: from advertising jingles to football chants, and from free verse to rap. Then, why not have a go at writing a poem of your own?
Packed full of every type of poem you can think of, this quirky, wonderful collection of poems from Roger Stevens and Steven Withrow, with fantastic funny illustrations from Katie Abey, is a great way to get kids excited about poetry! It wasn't me-or was it He, My evil, evil, evil twin? I didn't mean to be so mean. There goes my evil twin again. Join poets Roger Stevens and Steven Withrow for this magical mixture of poems. Sometimes funny, sometimes serious there's something here for everyone. Just remember though - whatever happens... it's not my fault! Book band: Dark Blue Ideal for ages 9-10
What Are We Fighting For? explores the concept of war in a brilliantly accessible way for younger readers. Fascinating and moving in equal measure, there are poems about incredibly brave dogs, cats and pigeons; the Christmas truce of WWI when soldiers played football in No Man's Land; poems about rationing and what it was like to be an evacuee, poems about modern warfare and the reality of war today; plus lots of amazing true historical facts. This cross-curricular poetry book is a brilliant way to get young readers thinking about both the historical and philosophical aspects of war.
A wonderful anthology of poems that are easy to remember and perfect for reciting out loud. This book includes new, modern and classic poems, ranging from very short to long and written by a diverse range of poets from Joshua Seigal to Christina Rossetti and from Lewis Carrol to Debjani Chatterjee. Features tips for readers, teachers and parents on how to memorise poems and on performing them out loud, which makes this perfect for the memorising and performance elements in the primary National Curriculum. Book Band: Brown Aimed at readers aged 5+
Like poems? Love rhymes? Then this is the book for you! Stuffed with brilliant rhyming poems written by Roger Stevens, with the help of some classic and contemporary poets from Gerard Benson to Hilaire Belloc, this book is all about celebrating the rhyme. It's packed with fascinating facts about how different kinds of rhymes work, and there's a bonus section full of tips and tricks on how to write brilliant rhyming poems. Packed with fantastic rhymes and all kinds of verse, this great collection by Roger Stevens takes the reader on a rhyming, rhythmic journey to discover just how fun messing about with rhymes can be.
This anthology highlights some of the feelings and emotions experienced by teenagers - whether they have special and additional educational needs and disabilities, belong to minority groups, or just feel like the odd one out. It homes in on topics close to teenage hearts - unrequited love, isolation, unfairness, prejudice. This thought-provoking collection of poems on the theme of not fitting in has poems that range from funny to inspirational to deeply moving, and features some of the best poets around, including Jan Dean, James Carter, Andrew Fusek Peters and Rachel Rooney. The collection is published in association with nasen, and a donation will be made to nasen for each copy sold.
The best collection of contemporary children's poems ever! Every anthology has one or two poems that seem to shout out: 'Hey! I'm the best. Read me again. Learn me by heart. Love me.' So here, for the first time, are all of those poems collected together - from the pens (and computer keyboards) of some of the finest poets in the land.
Roger Stevens has written a captivating series of poems for younger readers. On My Way to School I Saw a Dinosaur bridges the gap between nursery rhymes and more challenging poetry. Readers will love the characters that reappear throughout the poems, creating a vivid picture of a school, with all of its unusual and exciting goings-on.
About one in ten people in the UK are affected by some degree of dyslexia which, in its severest form, makes ordinary books difficult or impossible to read. This new collection of poetry compiled by the brilliant Roger Stevens has been designed with these readers in mind. As well as sixty wonderfully funny poems that will be enjoyed by everyone, layout, font and paper colour have been designed to make the book easy to read for people with dyslexia. The book is being published in conjunction with Dyslexia Action.
It isn't easy to come up with a title for a brilliant new poetry collection to top The Secret Life of Pants. A title with total kid appeal, a title to suggest the wide variety of themes and styles covered - from scary poems, to classics, to nonsense poems. Here are some of Roger Stevens' first thoughts: What News of the Lemmings? Confusing a Spink with a Snipe Playing Basket Ball with a Bull Dog When the Whiting Needs a Wipe The Twelve Starfish of the Zodiac The Secret of Prairie Dog's Box Why Alligators love Elevators Why Otters Don't Wear Socks...But when Roger suggested Let's Recycle Grandad the search was finally over. A title alluding to the environmental themes covered within the collection, but with a characteristic touch of the bizarre - how could anyone resist?
Poet and anthologist Roger Stevens has put together a book of brand new poems to make you squeam, squirm and laugh out loud. These poems about pants (and other things besides) are grouped under five themed chapters - poems to make you laugh, to drive you mad, to make you sick , to scare you, and thoughtful/serious or sad poems - and are in a wide variety of genres and styles, from haiku and limericks, to sonnets and sestinas. And with a title containing the magic 'p' word, how can kids resist...?
A second glorious collection of poems from the wonderful Roger Stevens in which he covers subjects as varied as monsters, Halloween, snow, dinosaurs, love, science, parents who dance and chicken school. Chicken School Period one - simple clucking Period two - more clucking Period three - clucking with attitude Period four - clucking with indecision Period five - pecking in dirt Period six - pecking in gravel Period seven - rhythmic and jerky neck movements Period eight - clucking (revision)
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