From Scandinavian myths to collections of poetry and wonderful short stories, LoveReading4Kids selects a wide-range of anthologies for your enjoyment.
This is a sumptuous collection of stories and verse compiled by Michael Morpurgo, beautifully illustrated by Quentin Blake and published in aid of The Prince's Foundation for Children and Arts and to celebrate the Prince of Wales's 60th birthday. It's a real treasury of children's literature, perfect as a gift for christmas or for birthdays and including new and previously published pieces by some of today's most acclaimed writers as well as some classic excerpts as well.
Along with Lavender's Blue by Kathleen Lines, this book is one of July 2011 Guest Editor Anne Fine's choices: "Everyone talks about how hard it is to introduce poetry to children, but that’s nonsense. Just start here. They’re rich and colourful, with rhythms that make them easy to read and fix in the brain. And since they mirror so many of a child’s everyday experiences, they catch their attention at once."
A powerful anthology of poetry and prose that allows the unheard voices of those subjected to slavery to reach out from the past to the present. Benjamin Zephaniah, John Agard, James Berry, Catherine Johnson and Grace Nichols are among the contributors and there are also contemporary stories taken from the long and shocking history of slavery.
Subtitled Tales of Truth and Trickery this is a terrific collection of very, very short stories each with a pithy point to make. Some are familiar such as The Ratcatcher a version of the Pied Piper of Hamelin story, the Good Samaritan and The Stone Soup but many are new. Especially suitable for reading aloud, picking one a night will provide an interesting and enjoyable journey of discovery. (6+)
Divided into four themed sections - Animals; Magic; Family, Friends and Foes; and, Matters of Importance, this collection of extracts, poems, letters and memoirs introduces some of the author's characters from Willy Wonka to the BFG, from the Witches to the Twits. It contains a touch of magic and is suitable for the author's fans.
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 just dipped into from time.
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