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James Carter - Author

About the Author

James Carter is an award-winning children's poet. He travels all over the cosmos (well, Britain), with his guitar (that's Keith) to give lively poetry performances and workshops.  James once had hair, extremely long hair (honestly), and he played in a really nasty ultra-loud heavy rock band. And, as a lifelong space cadet, James has discovered that poems are the best place to gather all his daydreamy thoughts.  What's more, he believes that daydreaming for ten minutes every day should be compulsory in all schools.  His poetry titles include Cars Stars Electric Guitars and Orange Silver Sausage (Walker Books) and Time-Travelling Underpants and Greetings, Earthlings! (Macmillan). James was the major contributor to the recent Cbeebies TV series Poetry Pie. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Wallingford, Oxfordshire.

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Once Upon a Raindrop The Story of Water

Once Upon a Raindrop The Story of Water

Author: James Carter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2020

Do you know why the Moon's so dry and yet our world is wet? Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of water and discover the story of H20 from its very beginning. Engaging, informative poetry flows over the pages and stunning illustrations bring this story to rushing, gushing life.

Once Upon a Star The Story of Our Sun

Once Upon a Star The Story of Our Sun

Author: James Carter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

Once upon a star, there were no stars to shine - no sun to rise no sun to set no day, no night, nor any time. Discover the origins of the universe! The worlds of poetry and science collide to create this unique book about our sun, our planets, our Earth-and YOU!

Once Upon a Rhythm The story of music

Once Upon a Rhythm The story of music

Author: James Carter, Valerio Vidali Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/08/2019

It hums and it thrums through day and night the magical, mystical rhythm of life! Follow the story of music back to the very beginning. Did it start with a stomp or a clap? This playful poem is an ode to the colourful world of music and rhythm.

Spaced Out Space Poems Chosen by Brian Moses and James Carter

Spaced Out Space Poems Chosen by Brian Moses and James Carter

Author: James Carter, Brian Moses Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2019

Blast off into space and explore the galaxies with a constellation of illustrated poems about the sun, moon and stars, black holes and worm holes, asteroids and meteorites, and even weird alien life forms. From shape poems and free verse to rhymes, kennings and haikus, Spaced Out will take you on an intergalactic adventure. Join Brian Moses and James Carter and a wealth of new and established poets to discover your inner space cadet! This starry collection is the perfect way to get children interested in poetry.

The Big Beyond The Story of Space Travel

The Big Beyond The Story of Space Travel

Author: James Carter Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/04/2019

Once upon a rocket a countdown has begun, from 10, 9, 8 to 7 and 6 to 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Get ready for blast-off with this fast-paced poem that's all about space travel. From the early humans who dreamt of wings to the Moon landing, and from spacecraft exploring Mars to the future beyond... Climb on board for an adventure into outer space!

Once Upon a Raindrop The Story of Water

Once Upon a Raindrop The Story of Water

Author: James Carter Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2018

Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of water and discover the story of H20 from its very beginning. Engaging, informative poetry flows over the pages and stunning illustrations bring this story to rushing, gushing life.

Zim Zam Zoom! Zappy Poems to Read Out Loud

Zim Zam Zoom! Zappy Poems to Read Out Loud

Author: James Carter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2018

Want to travel in a rocket? Search for a grumpy dragon? Make your very own monster? Visit a higgledy-piggledy farm? Well, hop into Zim Zam Zoom - for fun and adventures galore! Colours, animals, space, music, fairytale fireworks...! Here is a collection of poems especially written for performance. With delightful illustrations by a talented new illustrator, this is a brilliant introduction to poetry for young children.

Once Upon a Star A Poetic Journey Through Space

Once Upon a Star A Poetic Journey Through Space

Author: James Carter Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2018

Once upon a star there were no stars to shine no Sun to rise no Sun to set no day no night nor any time Discover the origins of the universe and how our solar system was formed. The narrative verse takes the reader on an immersive journey through space and time, illuminated by striking, dynamic illustrations. The worlds of poetry and non-fiction collide to create a beautiful, unique picture book about our Sun.

Oxford Reading Tree Explore with Biff, Chip and Kipper: Oxford Level 7: Safe in a Storm

Oxford Reading Tree Explore with Biff, Chip and Kipper: Oxford Level 7: Safe in a Storm

Author: James Carter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/01/2018

Have you seen lightning? What about hail? Find out how to keep safe in stormy weather in Safe in a Storm. The fiction book that accompanies this title is The Lightning Key. Oxford Reading Tree Explore with Biff, Chip and Kipper is a series of paired fiction and non-fiction books linked by curriculum-related topics. Each pair consists of an engaging story featuring well-loved characters and a compelling non-fiction book. These topic-linked pairings will develop and deepen their reading comprehension and foster a love of reading across both text types. This book is one of six titles at Oxford Level 7, which are phonically decodable featuring vocabulary to enrich the texts and support language development. All the books in the series are carefully levelled, so it is easy to match every child with the right book and enable them to progress.

The Story of the Wolf Band 17/Diamond

The Story of the Wolf Band 17/Diamond

Author: James Carter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2017

Wolves are fascinating, beautiful - and often misunderstood. Find out how wolves are adapted to life in harsh climates, how they live and work together in packs, how humans have mistreated them in the past, and how humans and wolves might live alongside each other more peacefully in the future. * Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index on pages 30 and 31 can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. * Curriculum links - Science

The World's Greatest Space Cadet

The World's Greatest Space Cadet

Author: James Carter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/01/2017

A dreamer? Me? Err, You bet, The world's greatest space cadet! Join poet James Carter on a journey through space and time: meet everyone from a Viking warrior to a crazed cat - and travel from planet Earth to the very edges of the universe... This wonderful collection is the perfect way to get children interested in poetry.

The Story of the Electric Guitar Band 17/Diamond

The Story of the Electric Guitar Band 17/Diamond

Author: James Carter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2016

Electric guitars have made a massive contribution to music over the last century. It's hard to imagine today's music without them! But how were they invented, who were (and are) the greatest guitarists and what makes this amazing instrument so versatile and exciting? Read this book to find out! * Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. * Text type: An information book * Curriculum links: History

Around the World Level 7

Around the World Level 7

Author: James Carter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/02/2016

Collins Arabic Big Cat is a guided reading series for ages 3 to 11. The series is structured with reference to the learning progression of Arabic at nursery and primary schools researched especially for Collins. This carefully graded approach allows children to build up their reading knowledge of Arabic step by step. Level 7 books include story lines with more episodes in time sequence, and may include imaginary happenings in the context of familiar experiences. There is still repetition but more variation in pattern and more new words are introduced than in lower levels. Non-fiction titles bring in simple non-fiction tools, such as diagrams, labels and captions. Additional vowel marks that encourage the flow of pronunciation are introduced at this level. Verbal sentences of up to 8-10 words with repeating and accessible actions appear at this level. Double spacing is used between words to ensure children see where each new word in a sentence begins and ends. This imaginative journey round the world based on material by the poet James Carter recounts a journey to some exotic and far-flung locations. Anne Wilson's beautiful collage-style artwork captures the atmosphere of India, China and Africa. This book is the perfect springboard for discussion of travel, transport, other countries and cultures.

A Summer of Gold

A Summer of Gold

Author: James Carter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2016

The true story of two teenage boys who explore the mountains of Southern Oregon looking for the Port Orford Meteorite and discover gold at the bottom of a waterfall. This is an account of their trials and tribulations of getting to the bottom of the pool under the waterfall.

Spooky Poems

Spooky Poems

Author: James Carter, Brian Moses Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/09/2015

A spooktacular poetry collection! Spooky Poems is a collection of scary poems about ghosts, ghouls, bats, witches, vampires and all things creepy -by bestselling children's poets Brian Moses and James Carter. The perfect gift for Halloween!A Good Scary Poem Needs . . . A haunted house, a pattering mouse. A spooky feeling, a spider-webbed ceiling. A squeaking door, a creaking floor. A swooping bat, the eyes of a cat. A dreadful dream, a distant scream. A ghost that goes 'BOO' and You!

Homes Sweet Homes Band 07/Turquoise

Homes Sweet Homes Band 07/Turquoise

Author: James Carter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/04/2015

A collection of beautiful poems about the habitats of contrasting creatures. * Turquoise/ Band 7 books offer literary language and extended descriptions, with longer sentences and a wide range of unfamiliar terms. * Text type - A poetry collection. * Check comprehension and embed learning with a reader response spread on pages 22-23.

I'm a Little Alien

I'm a Little Alien

Author: James Carter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2014

Rush rocket roar rocket zip about some more rocket let me climb aboard rocket ZIM ZAM ZOOM Zoom around this book to find aliens, stars and a greedy robot - as well as funny faces and a ball that won' t bounce back! This is a fun and playful new collection by an award-winning poet who knows how to inspire and delight very young children.

Around the World Band 03/Yellow

Around the World Band 03/Yellow

Author: James Carter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2012

Traversing across the world by train, boat and plane, the two children in this story poem encounter the extremes of sun and snow travelling to Africa, India and China. The book begins with a poem, before revealing their journey's details, and repetitive questions encourage the reader to turn the page and continue the voyage. * Yellow/ Band 3 books offer varied sentence structure and natural language. * Text type - A poem with predictable structure and patterned language. * The story map on pages 14 and 15 gives children the opportunity to follow the route again on a world map. * Curriculum links - Geography: Where in the world is Barnaby bear? Passport to the world. Music: Feel the pulse.

Cars Stars Electric Guitars

Cars Stars Electric Guitars

Author: James Carter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2007

An acclaimed collection of funny and tender poems from a widely-anthologized poet. Rummage around inside James Carter's head and find Darren the dolphin-shaped balloon; a list of things to ask Noah; two poems about crisps; plenty of shape poems; a world record attempt; and lots, lots more, in this remarkable, funny and highly original poetry collection.

Around the World Band 03/Yellow

Around the World Band 03/Yellow

Author: James Carter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2007

Traversing across the world by train, boat and plane, the two children in this story poem encounter the extremes of sun and snow travelling to Africa, India and China. The book begins with a poem, before revealing their journey's details, and repetitive questions encourage the reader to turn the page and continue the voyage. * Yellow/ Band 3 books offer varied sentence structure and natural language. * Text type - A poem with predictable structure and patterned language. * The story map on pages 14 and 15 gives children the opportunity to follow the route again on a world map. * Curriculum links - Geography: Where in the world is Barnaby bear? Passport to the world. Music: Feel the pulse. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery.

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