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Brian Moses (pictured) spends much of his time visiting schools where he runs workshop sessions and performs his poetry. He has compiled numerous collections for Macmillan including The Secret Lives of Teachers and Aliens Stole My Underpants. He lives in Sussex with his wife and two daughters.
Click here for Brian's website, where you can listen to some of his poems. You can find his blog and tweets on the right hand side of this page.
Roger Stevens is a children's author and poet who visits schools performing and running workshops. Recent books are The Jumble Book, compiled for Dyslexia Action, and Why Otters Don't Wear Socks. Roger also runs the Poetry Zone, a website for children and teachers - www.poetryzone.co.uk
Sport – winning, losing, taking part – is celebrated in this typically skilful collection from two of our most popular poets for young people. There are funny poems, story poems, contemplative ones to make you see things clearer or differently, and the poets even have a contest themselves, each one describing archery (too quiet for Moses, pure gold for Stevens). In a poem in four parts jointly written and placed strategically throughout the book they wittily compare the process of writing poetry itself to a marathon, from the early stages when confidence is high, to the last few miles when poems can ‘get puffed… sit down at the side of the page’. These are poems to be enjoyed and remembered long after the final medal has been awarded in Rio. ~ Andrea Reece
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 the Fastest, an understanding of letting someone else win in Winning and also words of cheer for those who don’t want to take part. A perfect companion as excitement for the 2012 Olympics builds.
I wasn't The Dog that looks like its Owner and Most Fabulous Fella was some other male. But there was one class where I came in first - I'm The Dog with the Waggiest Tail. From huskies, born to run, to those big bad bruisers, the security dogs. Meet Bruno, the smallest dog on the farm, and Charlie, the dancing chihuahua. Find rescue dogs, helping dogs, yappy dogs, happy dogs - and the dog with the waggiest tail! All written from the dogs' point of view, by internationally acclaimed poets Brian Moses and Roger Stevens, this funny and perceptive canine collection will be treasured by dog-lovers of all ages.
There are poems about winning, and about taking part; poems about having all the right kit, but no talent; poems that show that it if you are at school being the best egg and spoon racer really is as important to your mum and dad as being an Olympic athlete; poems about being a team player and poems about being an individual hero. In fact, this book is packed with sporting gems of all kinds.
A fantastic collection of history poems that conjure up the sights, sounds and smells of the past - both the great events and battles, and ordinary day-to-day activities. Ties in with the history curriculum for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. There are poems about prehistoric times, mammoths, the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt, Vikings, Anglo-Saxons, Alfred the Great, Normans, King Harold, William the Conqueror and the Battle of Hastings.
Able Writers in Your School contains ideas, practical advice and lesson plans to help you to develop the potential of the gifted and talented pupils in your primary school - and all the other pupils as well. Many children have a real ability for writing. This book is designed for teachers who want to develop the potential of these pupils. Over 70 inspirational examples of children's work show the standard of children's work achievable. In trial schools Ofsted praised the big part played by the Able Writers Scheme in improving SAT results from level 4 to level 5.