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.

Featured books by James Carter

Other books by James Carter

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: 28/10/2018

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

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.

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

Creating Writers A Creative Writing Manual for Schools

Creating Writers A Creative Writing Manual for Schools

Author: James Carter Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/07/2017

This unique and comprehensive text offers an original approach to teaching creative writing by exploring ideas, giving advice, and explaining workshop activities and has many contributors from some of today's most popular children's authors including: Jacqueline Wilson, Roger McGough, Philip Pullman, Malorie Blackman and David Almond.Creating Writers is a practical writing manual for teachers to use with upper primary and lower secondary level pupils that covers poetry, fiction and non-fiction.

Just Imagine Music, images and text to inspire creative writing

Just Imagine Music, images and text to inspire creative writing

Author: James Carter Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/07/2017

Just Imagine is an exciting, unique and versatile resource that provides teachers with practical and stimulating creative writing activities for fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Taking three different, but interconnected media by which to generate and explore creative writing Text and Themes , Images and Music the book/CD offers inspiration for a wide range of creative writing workshops. The books is organised into three sections: Texts and themes: 8 theme-based sections that use a variety of texts, interview clips and discussion points to explore such topics as memories, dreams, school life, friendships, outsiders, journeys, time and the wild; Images: a gallery of photographs and illustrations in a range of styles and forms, encompassing a range of themes including characters, landscapes, events and objects; Music: a CD which features instrumental tracks and soundscapes of different styles, moods and tempos. This second edition includes three brand new tracks on the CD as well as many new images, texts and also interview clips with high profile children s authors. Sets of activities and teachers notes accompany each of the selected pieces and stimuli throughout, all of which can be easily adapted according to the needs of individual classes. Just Imagine offers a wealth of material to help children develop confidence with their writing, deepen their understanding of the creative process and, above all, enjoy their creativity. It will appeal to Primary and Secondary English Teachers, as well as students studying on undergraduate and postgraduate initial teacher education courses in primary English/Literacy, PGCE Secondary English and Undergraduate courses in Creative Writing.

Page to Stage Developing Writing, Speaking And Listening Skills in Primary Schools

Page to Stage Developing Writing, Speaking And Listening Skills in Primary Schools

Author: James Carter Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2016

An exciting and creative approaches that links literacy and oracy in a way that children will enjoy. Performing poetry is also proven to boost self-esteem. Includes: * An audio CD with recordings of published poets and children performing their own work * Activities to develop speaking and listening skills * Model poems from which to work * Guidelines for progressing through the writing and performance process * A three stage model: preparation -- writing -- performing

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.

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.

Sure Foundation Unmovable

Sure Foundation Unmovable

Author: James Carter Format: eBook Release Date: 30/10/2014

Everything that lasts starts with a foundation that is laid deep the ground. In his book, The Sure Foundation: Unmovable, author James Carter shows how we can build a firm foundation in the spiritual realm, so all sins are removed. Christ is the foundation upon whom we should build our lives. Carter presents six principles that provide insight into the mechanism of apostolic faith and how the early apostles experienced great success. Carter preaches the same gospel the early apostles did, it is filled with the same Holy Ghost and with the same testimonies of Christ that they had. Thus, we are baptized into the same doctrine. The principles presented in Carter's text provide you with the foundation upon which to build your faith and your life. As a result, you will be able to testify about the goodness of God and the power of unshakable faith. And it can change your life.

Ricoeur on Moral Religion A Hermeneutics of Ethical Life

Ricoeur on Moral Religion A Hermeneutics of Ethical Life

Author: James Carter Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/08/2014

In Ricoeur on Moral Religion, James Carter argues that Paul Ricoeur's later philosophical writings provide a highly instructive interpretive key with which to assess his philosophical project as a whole. This first systematic study of the 'later Ricoeur' offers a critical yet sympathetic reconstruction of Ricoeur's hermeneutics of ethical life, which demonstrates his significant contribution to contemporary philosophy of religion and moral philosophy. What emerges is a clear and distinctive moral religion that binds humans together universally on the basis of the life they share as capable beings. Carter also uncovers a hitherto unforeseen thread in Ricoeur's writings concerning ethical life, pulled through his own readings of Spinoza, Aristotle, and Kant. Ricoeur's hermeneutics is structured by a Kantian architectonic informed at different levels by these three philosophers, who ground a rich, holistic, and ultimately rationalist account of ethical life and religion that resists the trappings of both positivism and postmodernism.

Heart of Buddha, Heart of China The Life of Tanxu, a Twentieth Century Monk

Heart of Buddha, Heart of China The Life of Tanxu, a Twentieth Century Monk

Author: James Carter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/04/2014

The Buddhist monk Tanxu surmounted extraordinary obstacles-poverty, wars, famine, and foreign occupation-to become one of the most prominent monks in China, founding numerous temples and schools and attracting crowds of students and disciples wherever he went. Heart of Buddha, Heart of China traces Tanxu's journey from his birth in 1875 to his death in 1963. Through Tanxu's life we come to know one of the most turbulent periods in Chinese history as it moved from empire to republic. James Carter draws on archives and interviews to provide a book that is part travelogue, part history, and part biography.

Let's do poetry in primary schools Full of practical, fun and meaningful ways of celebrating poetry

Let's do poetry in primary schools Full of practical, fun and meaningful ways of celebrating poetry

Author: James Carter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/10/2012

Let's Do Poetry in Primary School is a fun, accessible and very practical guide to give teachers the tools, the mindset and the confidence to put poetry at the heart of the classroom, and everyday learning. The book includes games and warm-ups, ideas for cross-curricular activities, an anthology of age appropriate poems, tools for reading and performing poems, setting up a poetry-rich classroom and ultimately, shows all it takes is six or so poetic forms with which to create language-rich and expressive responses to all the topic and curricular work that you cover in the academic year.

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.

Just Imagine Music, images and text to inspire creative writing

Just Imagine Music, images and text to inspire creative writing

Author: James Carter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/12/2011

Just Imagine is an exciting, unique and versatile resource that provides teachers with practical and stimulating creative writing activities for fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Taking three different, but interconnected media by which to generate and explore creative writing - `Text and Themes', `Images' and `Music' - the book/CD offers inspiration for a wide range of creative writing workshops. The books is organised into three sections: Texts and themes: 8 theme-based sections that use a variety of texts, interview clips and discussion points to explore such topics as memories, dreams, school life, friendships, outsiders, journeys, time and the wild; Images: a gallery of photographs and illustrations in a range of styles and forms, encompassing a range of themes including characters, landscapes, events and objects; Music: a CD which features instrumental tracks and soundscapes of different styles, moods and tempos. This second edition includes three brand new tracks on the CD as well as many new images, texts and also interview clips with high profile children's authors. Sets of activities and teachers' notes accompany each of the selected pieces and stimuli throughout, all of which can be easily adapted according to the needs of individual classes. Just Imagine offers a wealth of material to help children develop confidence with their writing, deepen their understanding of the creative process and, above all, enjoy their creativity. It will appeal to Primary and Secondary English Teachers, as well as students studying on undergraduate and postgraduate initial teacher education courses in primary English/Literacy, PGCE Secondary English and Undergraduate courses in Creative Writing.

Moral Powers, Fragile Beliefs Essays in Moral and Religious Philosophy

Moral Powers, Fragile Beliefs Essays in Moral and Religious Philosophy

Author: James Carter Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/03/2011

Moral Powers, Fragile Beliefs suggests new ways of thinking about moral philosophy in its under-explored but potentially very fruitful encounter with philosophy of religion. The contributors to this volume undertake this project through a variety of novel approaches, via literature, psychoanalysis, history of philosophy, continental and feminist thought, as well as by means of analytic philosophy. The volume will include essays by both highly regarded academics who have already made significant contributions in the fields of moral and/or religious philosophy - and a select number of young, up-and-coming researchers, who will add fresh voices to the debate.

How to Turn Your Teacher Purple! Sizzling science poems

How to Turn Your Teacher Purple! Sizzling science poems

Author: James Carter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2011

Science is brimful with weird and wonderful language that poetry just loves - stuff like quarks and quasars, atoms and ammonites, organisms and oxygen, protons and photons, plankton and plasma, hydrogen and helium, electrons and electricity - to name but a few. How to Turn Your Teacher Purple! Sizzling science poems is a collection which brings out the entertaining aspects of science - from the big bang to inventions to weird-looking creatures. Following the success of our previous poetry collections, The Secret Life of Pants and Let's Recycle Grandad, this sparkling collection includes poems by Wendy Cope, Tony Mitton and many more.

Heart of Buddha, Heart of China The Life of Tanxu, a Twentieth Century Monk

Heart of Buddha, Heart of China The Life of Tanxu, a Twentieth Century Monk

Author: James Carter Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/01/2011

The Buddhist monk Tanxu surmounted extraordinary obstacles-poverty, wars, famine, and foreign occupation-to become one of the most prominent monks in China, founding numerous temples and schools, and attracting crowds of students and disciples wherever he went. In this book, James Carter draws on untapped archival materials to provide a book that is part travelogue, part history, and part biography of this remarkable man. Tanxu lived in a time of almost constant warfare-from the Sino-Japanese War of 1895, to the Boxer Uprising, the Russo-Japanese War, the Japanese occupation, and World War II. He and his followers were robbed by river pirates, and waylaid by bandits on the road. Caught in the struggle between nationalist and communist forces, Tanxu finally sought refuge in the British colony of Hong Kong. At the time of his death, at the age of 87, he was revered as Master Tanxu, one of Hong Kong's leading religious figures. Capturing all this in a magnificent biography, Carter gives first-person immediacy to one of the most turbulent periods in Chinese history.

Creating Writers, Revised and Updated Edition

Creating Writers, Revised and Updated Edition

Author: James Carter Format: eBook Release Date: 19/10/2010

This offers a fresh, unique approach to teaching creative writing. It contains models of writing from popular children's authors Jaqueline Wilson Philip Pullman, David Almond and Roger McGough. Includes photocopiable resources for teachers.

Creating Writers A Creative Writing Manual for Schools

Creating Writers A Creative Writing Manual for Schools

Author: James Carter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/11/2009

This unique and comprehensive text offers an original approach to teaching creative writing by exploring ideas, giving advice, and explaining workshop activities and has many contributors from some of today's most popular children's authors including: Jacqueline Wilson, Roger McGough, Philip Pullman, Malorie Blackman and David Almond. Creating Writers is a practical writing manual for teachers to use with upper primary and lower secondary level pupils that covers poetry, fiction and non-fiction.

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.

Page to Stage Developing Writing, Speaking And Listening Skills in Primary Schools

Page to Stage Developing Writing, Speaking And Listening Skills in Primary Schools

Author: James Carter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/12/2004

An exciting and creative approaches that links literacy and oracy in a way that children will enjoy. Performing poetry is also proven to boost self-esteem. Includes: * An audio CD with recordings of published poets and children performing their own work * Activities to develop speaking and listening skills * Model poems from which to work * Guidelines for progressing through the writing and performance process * A three stage model: preparation -- writing -- performing

Creating Writers A Creative Writing Manual for Schools

Creating Writers A Creative Writing Manual for Schools

Author: James Carter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/10/2000

This unique and comprehensive text offers an original approach to teaching creative writing by exploring ideas, giving advice, and explaining workshop activities and has many contributors from some of today's most popular children's authors including: Jacqueline Wilson, Roger McGough, Philip Pullman, Malorie Blackman and David Almond. Creating Writers is a practical writing manual for teachers to use with upper primary and lower secondary level pupils that covers poetry, fiction and non-fiction.

Talking Books Children's Authors Talk About the Craft, Creativity and Process of Writing

Talking Books Children's Authors Talk About the Craft, Creativity and Process of Writing

Author: James Carter Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/05/1999

Talking Books sets out to show how some of the leading children's authors of the day respond to these and other similar questions. The authors featured are Neil Ardley, Ian Beck, Helen Cresswell, Gillian Cross, Terry Deary, Berlie Doherty, Alan Durant, Brian Moses, Philip Pullman, Celia Rees, Norman Silver, Jacqueline Wilson, and Benjamin Zephaniah. They discuss with great enthusiasm: *their childhood reading habits *how they came to be published *how they write on a daily basis *how a particular book came together *a type of writing that they are especially known for. Through in-depth interviews, they each reveal their approach to their craft. Much is know and spoken of the product that is the children's book, but it is rare that writers are given the opportunity to talk at length about the process of writing for children. Talking Books redresses the balance by presenting a wide selection of authors (of fiction, non-fiction and poetry) reflecting upon the joys and challenges of the craft, creativity and process of writing for children.

Talking Books Children's Authors Talk About the Craft, Creativity and Process of Writing

Talking Books Children's Authors Talk About the Craft, Creativity and Process of Writing

Author: James Carter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/05/1999

Talking Books sets out to show how some of the leading children's authors of the day respond to these and other similar questions. The authors featured are Neil Ardley, Ian Beck, Helen Cresswell, Gillian Cross, Terry Deary, Berlie Doherty, Alan Durant, Brian Moses, Philip Pullman, Celia Rees, Norman Silver, Jacqueline Wilson, and Benjamin Zephaniah. They discuss with great enthusiasm: *their childhood reading habits *how they came to be published *how they write on a daily basis *how a particular book came together *a type of writing that they are especially known for. Through in-depth interviews, they each reveal their approach to their craft. Much is know and spoken of the product that is the children's book, but it is rare that writers are given the opportunity to talk at length about the process of writing for children. Talking Books redresses the balance by presenting a wide selection of authors (of fiction, non-fiction and poetry) reflecting upon the joys and challenges of the craft, creativity and process of writing for children.

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