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Where Zebras Go Poems
Sue Hardy-Dawson
Shortlisted for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award 2018 Get ready to join in the Poetry Olympics, question a snake, talk to a toad and learn 20 ways to avoid monsters and mythical beasts. Where Zebras Go will lead... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2017
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Where My Wellies Take Me
Michael Morpurgo, Clare Morpurgo
Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 - Winner of the English Association 2013 Prize (Fiction 7-11) Best-selling author Michael Morpurgo's touching story of a young girl's exploration of the countryside provides a lyrical link for this rich and varied... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/10/2014
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The Purrfect Pawse
Avril McDonald
In The Purrfect Pawse: A little book to help children pause, stretch and be grateful, Avril McDonald returns with some of the colourful, lovable characters from her Feel Brave series to help nurture young children's physical and mental well-being through... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 31/08/2018
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Reader ReviewedFirecrackers
Zaro Weil
April 2018 Book of the Month Beautifully illustrated by Jo Riddell, this collection of poems and stories is a perfect gift book. It's ideal for dipping into, for quiet reading and for reading aloud; indeed, unusually amongst the stories, haikus... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 28/03/2018
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All the Year Round
John Yeoman
December 2017 Book of the Month A series of twelve short, funny poems, one for every month of the year, written with brio by John Yeoman and illustrated by Quentin Blake with all his characteristic vitality and joie de vivre,... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/10/2017
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My Mum's Growing Down
Laura Dockrill
A larger than life collection of poems for a middle grade audience about one wild, hysterical and hilarious Mum. Lovereading Review will follow. Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/08/2017
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All Aboard the London Bus
Patty Toht
Both an engaging guidebook to the major sights of our capital city and a collection of new London poems, this is a lovely book to read aloud and to look at. Sam Usher's attractive pen and watercolour illustrations catch the... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/05/2017
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Vikings in the Supermarket
Nick Sharratt
Six bouncy poems each of which is richly illustrated by award-winning illustrator Nick Sharratt. Burt, Cora, Charlie, Selwin, Ida and Quentin are the six Vikings let loose on a delightful shopping spree in a supermarket in the title poem. More... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2016
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Vikings in the Supermarket
Nick Sharratt
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, October 2015 Six bouncy poems each of which is richly illustrated by award-winning illustrator Nick Sharratt. Burt, Cora, Charlie, Selwin, Ida and Quentin are the six Vikings let loose on a delightful shopping spree... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2015
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Shuffle and Squelch
Julia Donaldson
A joyful collection of poems for young children by an author who is completely in tune with her audience! Julia Donaldson celebrates the delights of going to the park, walking the dog, pizza, riding a bike and sliding down the... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Each Peach Pear Plum (Board Book)
Allan Ahlberg
A delightful board book with simple rhyming text and engaging interactive pictures. Children will be able to find characters that are mentioned in the text, such as Mother Hubbard and Cinderella. Wonderful detail in the illustrations provides endless entertainment in... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Hardback | Released 27/05/1999
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Wriggle and Roar
Julia Donaldson
Giggle along to these wonderful rhymes whether you're with your toddler in the nursery or the car. Full of action and noise it's guaranteed to get kids engaged and stimulated to love poetry. Featured in: 3+ readers | 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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Out and About A First Book of Poems
Shirley Hughes
From the joys of the seaside to the miseries of the sickbed, this exuberant volume captures to perfection the world of childhood. It is a beautiful gift edition of the classic picture book, with a new introduction by Shirley Hughes. Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2014
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The Language of Cat
Rachel Rooney
Winner of the CLPE (The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) Poetry Award 2012. Age 5+. With wordplay, riddles and poems that are funny, fast-paced, lyrical and thought-provoking, this is an exciting debut from an outstanding new poet. Awarding the... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2011
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Wiggly Wiggly Playtime Rhymes
Michael Rosen
Featuring a selection of rhymes for the very young adapted from Michael Rosen and Chris Riddell's award-winning A Great Big Cuddle, Wiggly Wiggly is a tour de force of catchy rhythms and bouncy beats, cheerful pictures and cheeky characters. Each... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 02/08/2018
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Everything All at Once
Steven Camden
In a Nutshell: Pitch-perfect, vibrantly-voiced verse for secondary school studentsThese poignant, punch-packing poems explore the varied emotional lives of secondary school pupils facing the giddy transition from being “the biggest to the smallest...in the secondary school jungle” like... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/07/2018
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Once Upon a Star
James Carter
Poetry is possibly the best way to convey the wonder of space and our own place in it, and James Carter's text for this picture book is both precise and inspiring: ‘A sea of stars at last were born/gradually they... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/03/2018
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Reader ReviewedA Great Big Cuddle
Michael Rosen
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 | Joint Winner of the CLiPPA 2016 (CLPE Children's Poetry Award). Children's Laureates Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen combine here to create a beautiful collection of ebullient poems for the very young. ... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/10/2017
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Reader ReviewedBathroom Boogie
Clare Foges
How do you follow a roaring success like Kitchen Disco? Why, with a Bathroom Boogie of course. Who knew that when we're out our bathrooms become discos for the contents? That's the premise of this wacky new picture book... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/09/2017
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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
T. S. Eliot
The world-famous rhymes starring cats such as Macavity the Mystery Cat and Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat are beautifully presented in this edition with illustrations by Axel Scheffler best-known for his pictures of the Gruffalo. Perfect for reading out loud, the... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/08/2015
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Each Peach Pear Plum
Allan Ahlberg, Janet Ahlberg
A delightful board book with simple rhyming text and engaging interactive pictures. Children will be able to find characters that are mentioned in the text, such as Mother Hubbard and Cinderella. Wonderful detail in the illustrations provides endless entertainment in... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Board book | Released 06/04/2017
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Little Lemur Laughing
Joshua Seigal
Joshua Seigal is a rising star in the children's poetry world and this new collection of his poems will be a real crowd-pleaser. Many of them are crying out to be read aloud, Brontosaurus for example, with its Stomp... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/03/2017
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Please Mrs. Butler Verses
Allan Ahlberg, Julia Eccleshare
A collection of poems about school, which are full of typical classroom events such as the candid revelations in a pupil's newsbook, the problem of copycats, bickering, making up, swaps, picking teams and forming gangs. Featured in:
Format: Paperback | Released 06/03/2003
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Dirty Beasts
Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl's wondercrump collection of animal rhymes featuring grisly beasts out for human blood, ranging from Gocky-Wock the crocodile to Sting-A-Ling the scorpion. With full colour illustrations by Quentin Blake this will make a wonderful addition to your 'forever keeps'... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2016
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1066 and Before That - History Poems
Brian Moses, Roger Stevens
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... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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The Owl and the Pussy-Cat
Edward Lear
This stunning new edition of Edward's Lear's classic story poem makes a handsome pair to Julia Donaldson' The Further Adventures of The Owl and the Pussy-cat which is also illustrated by Charlotte Voake. Every familiar of Lear's tender and... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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My Dad Still Thinks He's Funny
Katrina Germein
Isn't it part of a dad's job description to come out with cheesy sayings, that he thinks are really funny, but which make everyone else groan? Ask this dad what time it is, and he'll tell you it's time you... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Mr Mistoffelees The Conjuring Cat
T. S. Eliot
With magic tricks, incredible illusions and astonishing spectacles, both old and new fans will adore meeting the conjuring cat, Mr Mistoffelees, the second of the Old Possum's illustrated picture books. Arthur Robins brings this magical cat bursting to life. A... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/04/2015
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Under the Moon & Over the Sea: A Collection of Poetry from the Caribbean
John Agard, Grace Nichols
Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK. A lyrical and lively collection of poetry that captures the... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2011
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My Life as a Goldfish And Other Poems
Rachel Rooney
Shortlisted for 2015 CLPE Poetry Award - the only award in the UK for published children's poetry - Chosen as one of the Top Ten Best New Books for Children 2015 by Andrea Reece. A list of top books... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/10/2014
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I'm a Little Alien
James Carter
Meet a little green alien; then zoom off in your rocket to find space poems, rhymes about mermaids, funny faces and even a greedy robot. This is a fun and playful new collection by an award-winning poet who knows how... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2014
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Here Come the Creatures!
Wes Magee
Delightful and kind humour bubbles through this collection of poems about everyday things in family life - and the creatures that are part of it. Among other things, there's a look at garden birds, at a bumblebee, at a drink... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/05/2013
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A Laureate's Choice: 101 Poems for Children Chosen by Carol Ann Duffy
Carol Ann Duffy
A beautiful poetry collection encompassing both classic and modern verse chosen by the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy. Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/03/2013
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Where My Wellies Take Me
Michael Morpurgo, Clare Morpurgo
Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 - Winner of the English Association 2013 Prize (Fiction 7-11) September 2012 MEGA Book of the Month.Best-selling author Michael Morpurgo's touching story of a young girl's exploration of the countryside provides a lyrical... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2012
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A First Poetry Book
Pie Corbett, Gaby Morgan
Brand-new for 5-7 year olds this book which is a theme based collection and is packed with glorious poems featuring almost anything and everything you can think of from dinosaurs and pirates to friends and nature. It's sure to have... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/09/2012
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A First Book of Nature
Nicola Davies
Winner of The English Association 2013 Prize (Non-Fiction 4-7) A beautiful book which brings nature to life in words and pictures. Nicola Davies interweaves fact and fiction as she brings each season into focus. She celebrates new growth and the... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/05/2012
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Under the Spell of the Moon
Katherine Paterson
Age 3+. Stunning illustrations from around the world lie at the heart of this beautiful book. Each has been gifted by its creator as a contribution to support the work of the International Board of Books for the Young. To... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2012
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A Shame to Miss Poetry
Anne Fine
Age 14+. Former Children's Laureate Anne Fine's own passion for poetry spills out of this collection and its pair. Choosing a dazzling selection of poems from across the centuries – some very well-known and others less so - Anne... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/10/2012
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What I Like!
Gervase Phinn
This engaging first poetry book is absolutely the best one for the very very young. It celebrates all those things closest to a young child's heart from food and family to animals and play. Gervase Phinn has written a corker... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/08/2004
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A First Book of Animals
Nicola Davies
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award What a wonderful book to give to a child. It's one which will inspire a real interest in nature and the creatures that share... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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The Ride-by-Nights
Walter de la Mare
This is the second of Walter de la Mare's poems to be turned into a picture book by Carolina Rabei and her illustrations provide a rich setting. It's Hallowe'en and ‘Up on their brooms the Witches stream/Crooked and black in... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2015
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Reader ReviewedA Great Big Cuddle
Michael Rosen
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 | Joint Winner of the CLiPPA 2016 (CLPE Children's Poetry Award). Children's Laureates Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen combine here to create a beautiful collection of ebullient poems for the very young. ... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/09/2015
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Hey Little Bug Poems for Little Creatures
James Carter
Age 5+. Reviewed and selected by our poetry expert, Liam Parkin: Hey, Little Bug! is a charming and tender collection written for the ‘little bugs' that constantly absorb sights and sounds around them. As a performer of poetry, James... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2011
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Seaside Poems
Jill Bennett
Age 3+. A wonderful collection of poetry perfect to read together with your toddler this summer on your beach holiday. Beach holidays will never be the same once you've read this. Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2006
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The Puffin Book of Utterly Brilliant Poetry
Brian Patten
Age 6+ This is a wonderful celebration of poems by ten of the most outstanding poets of the last 30 years or so. There's something here for all the family to share and enjoy, time after time. There's even an... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/08/1999
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Michael Rosen's Book Of Very Silly Poems
Michael Rosen
Age 6+ Containing all the ingredients of Michael Rosen's poetry - humour, rhyme, repetition and wordplay, this Book of Very Silly Poems covers all sorts of topics, all equally amusing and jovial. Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/06/1996
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Watch Out for Sprouts!
Simon Bartram
Every hectic spread is packed with doodles, poems and titbits of trivial advice and information. In both words and pictures it offers a feast of tantalising material which encourages speculation and enquiry. There are poems about Dad, Sausages and, perhaps... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2006
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Poems to Live Your Life By
Chris Riddell
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2018 | Illustrator and author Chris Riddell has created a rich anthology of poems from the past to the present all of which have a special meaning for him. Grouping them under... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 20/09/2018
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Lost Magic: The Very Best of Brian Moses
Brian Moses
Brian Moses is one of our most widely read and popular poets, a regular visitor to schools and festivals. This collection gathers together over 100 of his best poems. It includes some of the poems that make his public performances... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 08/09/2016
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Spooky Poems
James Carter, Brian Moses
It's spook o'clock alright in this excellent collection of scary poems and what a range of subject, tone and form there is to enjoy. Here are funny poems – of course - some silly ones, and some that are really... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 24/09/2015
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The Highwayman
Alfred Noyes
Greenaway winner in 1981. A Judge said: Each time I re-read this book I get shivers down my spine for the quality and beauty of the words – you name it, it has it, from startling adjectives and metaphors... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/05/1999
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Brian Moses' School Report Very Funny Poems About School
Brian Moses
A fantastic collection of modern poems all about school from the talented poet Brian Moses. There are rhyming poems and funny poems and lots of poems about teachers - and exactly what they get up to behind the staffroom door... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/07/2014
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The Penguin in Lost Property
Jan Dean, Roger Stevens
A super new collection of poems featuring a vast range of animals, birds and fish, from the penguin in lost property making a bid for freedom, to the cat that would rather be eating spiders than lapping up milk. Funny... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/07/2014
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The Monster Sale
Brian Moses
The title poem launches a witty and varied anthology made the more tempting by the suitably benign monster on its attractive cover. Brian Moses writes entertainingly about a funky crocodile called Burt, What An Ardvark Likes to Do Best and... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/05/2013
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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
T.S. Eliot
Age 5+. These classic cat poems which sum up all the different kinds of cats there can be are given a delightful new look by bestselling Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler. Scheffler's cats are cuddly creatures with expressive eyes through which... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/10/2010
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A First Book of the Sea
Nicola Davies
July 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month July 2018 | A brilliant celebration and evocation of everything to do with the sea. The many, brief poems cover favourite holiday experiences including the excitement... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/07/2018
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The Works 2
Brian Moses
Poems on every subject and for every occasion. A book packed with gems for dipping into time and time again. Perfect for primary schools. Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 17/07/2014
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Long Way Down
Jason Reynolds
Pressed our lips to the pavement and prayed the boom, followed by the buzz of a bullet, didn't meet us. After Will's brother is shot in a gang crime, he knows the next steps. Only when the lift door opens,... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/08/2018
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The Rainmaker Danced
John Agard
Shortlisted for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award 2018 John Agard's poems display an intense integrity, never talking down to children, encouraging them to question, while being playful in tone, witty or satirical. They focus on social observations, play... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/10/2017
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Long Way Down
Jason Reynolds
Pressed our lips to the pavement and prayed the boom, followed by the buzz of a bullet, didn't meet us. After Will's brother is shot in a gang crime, he knows the next steps. Only when the lift door opens,... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/01/2018
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The Dictionary of Dads Poems
Justin Coe
They're all here in this sometimes funny, sometimes touching, often surprising new collection: the Abracadabra Dad; the Jukebox Dad; the Pirate Dad and the Prison Dad; the Refugee Dad and the Rollercoaster Dad; right through to the Zen Dad and... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 18/05/2017
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I Like This Poem
Kaye Webb
Highwaymen and naughty children, sharks and baboons, the Snitterjipe and the Jabberwocky, all have their part to play. Each and every poem in this treasure chest of family favourites was chosen by a child for other children. With poems from... Featured in:
Format: Paperback | Released 06/10/2016
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I'll See You in the Morning
Mike Jolley
Little ones are soothed to sleep with this lovely gentle rhyme with calming illustrations - a perfect bedtime read for young children who need a little extra comforting to drift off to sleep. Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2014
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Once Upon a Raindrop The Story of Water
James Carter
Via simple but elegant illustrations, and a gentle sometimes playful rhyming text, this picture book passes on all sorts of information about water and its importance, while never losing the sense of the beauty of this essential element. Words and... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/09/2018
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Jellicle Cats
T. S. Eliot
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2017 T.S Eliot's best-loved verses, originally published in an anthology, work brilliantly singly in this attractive series of picture books. In Jellicle Cats Arthur Robins captures the wit of the delightful nonsense... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2017
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Peacock Pie A Book of Rhymes
Walter de la Mare
The poems that make up this collection were first published in 1913 but it was not until 1946 that it was published, as it is in this new edition, with Edward Ardizzone's illustrations. Though de la Mare's poems describe a... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2015
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Nonsense Limericks
Edward Lear
An attractive volume of Edward Lear's best-loved and timeless limericks all of which are brilliantly realised in Arthur Robins witty illustrations. The collection opens with: “There was an Old Man with a beard,/ Who said, “It is just as I... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/11/2014
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Green Glass Beads A Collection of Poems
Jacqueline Wilson
Age 9+. Former Children's Laureate Dame Jacqueline Wilson has been a lover of poetry for as long as she can remember. Choosing her own favourite poems, she has gathered together a wonderful, vibrant collection from classics such as Shakespeare's The... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/06/2012
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Zim Zam Zoom Zappy Poems to Read Out Loud
James Carter
Shortlisted for the CLPE Children's Poetry Award (CLiPPA) 2017 Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award 16 poems to read out loud - perfect for sharing at home or at school Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/05/2016
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Poems to Perform A Classic Collection Chosen by the Children's Laureate
Julia Donaldson
A vibrant collection of poems perfect to be performed by two or more voices! Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/01/2014
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I Can Read! Oxford Poetry for 6 Year Olds
John Foster
This poetry collection for 6 year olds, with parental guidance and notes for every poem, has been created in line with the National Curriculum to support children learning to read at home and build confidence for school. Poetry is a... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2016
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I Can Read! Oxford Poetry for 5 Year Olds
John Foster
Poetry is a fun way for children to enjoy learning to read, developing their vocabulary and understanding of ideas and themes. This collection offers a wide range of poems to appeal to all children, from poems about special days such... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2016
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Crazy Mayonnaisy Mum
Julia Donaldson
A wonderful collection of poems from the much-loved creator of The Gruffalo, all of them perfect for reading aloud. There are funny poems (lots of those as you'd expect) and nonsense rhymes as well as story poems and quieter poems... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/07/2015
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A First Book of Nature
Nicola Davies
Winner of the IBW Children's Picture Book Award 2014 A beautiful book which brings nature to life in words and pictures. Nicola Davies interweaves fact and fiction as she brings each season into focus. She celebrates new growth and the... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/04/2014
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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
T. S. Eliot
The world-famous rhymes starring cats such as Macavity the Mystery Cat and Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat are beautifully presented in this edition with illustrations by Axel Scheffler best-known for his pictures of the Gruffalo. Perfect for reading out loud, the... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/09/2013
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Cuckoo Rock
Phil Bowen
Age 9+. Shortlisted for the CLPE Poetry Award 2011 Cuckoo Rock creates a magical, elemental, questioning journey in search of a lost tomorrow through fire, earth, air and water meeting lots of wonderful knockabout musical characters on the way in... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/10/2010
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Evidence of Dragons
Pie Corbett
Age 7+. A delightful collection of poems about everything from dragons to walking backwards! Pie Corbett's poems have an easy accessibility and a clarity of writing which makes them easy to read and fun for all. Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/07/2011
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Off Road to Everywhere
Philip Gross
Age 9+. Winner of the CLPE Poetry Award 2011 , which honours excellence in poetry written for children. Reviewed and selected by our poetry expert, Liam Parkin: Already an established poet and winner of the T. S. Eliot prize,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2010
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If You Could See Laughter
Mandy Coe
Age 7+. Highly Commended by the panel of the CLPE Poetry Award 2011, which honours excellence in poetry written for children. Reviewed and selected by our poetry expert, Liam Parkin: Mandy Coe has a vast amount of experience in... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/10/2010
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My Cat is in Love with The Goldfish and Other Loopy Love Poems
Graham Denton
Age 7+. A wonderful collection of mad love poems that will make you giggle, squirm and swoon. When frogs don't turn into princes and a whale falls head over tail for a submarine, love really does turn upside down. Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2010
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100 Best Poems For Children
Roger Mcgough
Age 7+ 100s of poems chosen by school children all around the UK was the starting point for this collection. Roger McGough then paired the list down to just 100 contemporary and classic poems. January 2011 Guest Editor Jenny Downham:... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/10/2002
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Don't Tell The Teacher
Gervase Phinn
Age 7+ Brilliantly observed as always, family, teachers, pupils and the dreaded school inspector all leap to life in this wonderfully warm and witty, brand new, poetry collection from Gervase Phinn. New kids, disobedient deputy heads, school reports and fireworks,... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/08/2006
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Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots
Michael Rosen
September 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2018 | Michael Rosen is the bestselling author of We're Going on a Bear Hunt, along with many other picture books and collections of poetry.... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/09/2018
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Rhythm and Poetry
Karl Nova
Winner of the Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award 2018 The first published collection from Hip Hop poet Karl Nova has a refreshing directness, honesty and authenticity. Many of the poems are drawn from the workshops he does with children... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/07/2017
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Overheard in a Tower Block
Joseph Coelho
Shortlisted for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award 2018 This second solo collection from Joseph Coelho, Overheard in a Tower Block, explores further some of the themes from Werewolf Club Rules (which won the CLiPPA in 2015). More suited... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/07/2017
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The Rainmaker Danced
John Agard
Shortlisted for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award 2018 John Agard's poems display an intense integrity, never talking down to children, encouraging them to question, while being playful in tone, witty or satirical. They focus on social observations, play... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 21/09/2017
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I'm Just No Good At Rhyming
Chris Harris
A completely refreshing and exciting collection of poetry that will encourage even the most determined poetry avoiders to have a peek and maybe get involved. It's beautifully packaged and filled with close to a hundred illustrations from award winning illustrator,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 19/10/2017
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All the Wild Wonders
Wendy Cooling
Poems that span the globe encouraging all readers to look at the good and the bad aspects of it make this a rich and original anthology. Twinning the themes of the wonders of the world and the horrors of how... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots
Michael Rosen
Shortlisted for the CLPE Children's Poetry Award (CLiPPA) 2017 Packed with silly rhymes, witty wordplay and thought-provoking story poems, this new collection of poems will delight children of all ages. Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 08/09/2016
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Dinosaurs and Dinner-Ladies
John Dougherty
John Dougherty's poetic debut ‘Dinosaurs & Dinner-Ladies' is a collection of sheer brilliance with all the wit and charm we've come to expect from this popular fiction writer. Dougherty draws on his experiences as a teacher and captures school-life to... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/06/2016
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Adder, Bluebell, Lobster
Chrissie Gittins
A wonderfully innovative collection bursting with energy, you can't help but read with a smile. Chrissie Gittins is on a mission to save words from extinction, with forty exuberant and informative poems to celebrate amazing animals, birds and plants. The... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/08/2016
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100 Brilliant Poems for Children
Paul Cookson
Paul Cookson's collection does not claim to be the definitive hundred brilliant poems, but it comes close; providing a fun, inspiring and diverse introduction to poetry for children. Not only are the classics of Shakespeare, Wordsworth and Whitman out in... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/08/2016
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The Hunting of the Snark
Lewis Carroll
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month July 2016 A perfect celebration of Alice Day 2016, this beautiful, fully illustrated edition of Lewis Carroll's great comic masterpiece which comes complete with gilt-edged pages and a ribbon for a marker, is the... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 30/06/2016
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I Can Read! Oxford Poetry for 7 Year Olds
John Foster
Poetry is a fun way for children to enjoy learning to read, developing their vocabulary and understanding of ideas and themes. This collection of 44 fun poems for 7 year olds offers a wide range to appeal to all children,... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2016
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National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry
J. Patrick Lewis
When words in verse are paired with the awesomeness of nature, something magical happens! Beloved former U.S. Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis curates an exhuberant poetic celebration of the natural world in this stellar collection of nature poems. Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/11/2015
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Never Nudge a Budgie!
Colin West
Colin West writes wonderfully funny poetry for children and deserves to be a household name alongside Roger McGough and Michael Rosen. This collection is divided into sections including Dotty Ditties, Tricky Tongue-Twisters, Vicious Verses and Curious Creatures and is jam-packed... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/10/2015
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I am a Poetato An A-Z of Poems About People, Pets and Other Creatures
John Hegley
From A-Z - Alligator to The Dog Runs (Zoom) - John Hegley has a witty, surprising and always entertaining poem for every letter. Wonderfully varied, there are poems about people, pets and all kinds of other creatures. In each of... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/04/2015
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You Tell Me!
Roger McGough, Michael Rosen
Football, first love, teachers and tongue-twisters is a fantastic poetry collection by two of the funniest, most famous poets writing today. Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/01/2015
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I Love My Mum
Gaby Morgan
Gaby Morgan has gathered together a really wonderful selection of poems about mums. There are over 50 in this little volume, some will make you smile, some will probably turn you a bit teary, but each one contains something true... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/01/2015
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A is Amazing! Poems About Feelings
Wendy Cooling
To dip in and out of whatever your mood and to savour in longer moments, this is a thought-provoking anthology. How different poems capture different moods and moments unfolds beautifully in both Wendy Cooling's careful choice of poems and Piet... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/08/2014
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Werewolf Club Rules! And Other Poems
Joseph Coelho
Winner of 2015 CLPE Poetry Award - the only award in the UK for published children's poetry An exciting debut poetry collection from an exciting new voice. The collection includes a wide range of poems, from funny and fantastical to... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2014
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Edward Lear's Book of Nonsense
Edward Lear
Best-loved nonsense songs such as The Owl and the Pussy-Cat, The Jumblies, The Dong with the Luminous Nose and many more are included in this highly attractive volume. The jokes at the heart of each are perfectly illustrated by Christine... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/05/2014
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Because a Fire Was in My Head
Michael Morpurgo
Former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo's love of poetry shines through this wonderfully wide ranging and personal anthology which is packed-full of gems. Many are poems Michael Morpurgo has cherished since his own childhood such as Robert Louis Stevenson's ‘Windy Nights',... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2013
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The Dragon with a Big Nose
Kathy Henderson
This lively collection of poems reflects on all kinds of things from the magical such as the badly behaved dragon of the title poem, to the everyday. ‘Steel Birds' is a wonderful poetic evocation of the cranes that dominate the... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2013
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Can it be About Me?
Cheryl Moskowitz
A delightfully varied collection of poems which capture many of the familiar things that take place in classrooms, every day and every where. All children will recognise themselves in some poems whether it is Lunchbox Hero or Number Troubles! Ros... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/08/2012
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Journey to the Centre of My Brain
James Carter
Age 7+. Selected by our poetry expert, Liam Parkin: James Carter's third collection for children is a real treat packed with gorgeous thoughts, dreams and moments. Sneak a peek into his brain in this brilliant collection of poems. Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2012
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A Million Brilliant Poems A Collection of the Very Best Children's Poetry Today
Roger Stevens
Age 9+. Shortlisted for the CLPE Poetry Award 2011 Roger Stevens has selected the very best children's poetry published over the last 15 years in one fabulous book. Funny poems, sad poems, and poems to learn by heart and many... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/10/2010
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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
T.S. Eliot
These classic cat poems which sum up all the different kinds of cats there can be are given a delightful new look by bestselling Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler. Scheffler's cats are cuddly creatures with expressive eyes through which the cats... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2009
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Lost Magic: The Very Best of Brian Moses
Brian Moses
Brian Moses is one of our most widely read and popular poets, a regular visitor to schools and festivals. This collection gathers together over 100 of his best poems. It includes some of the poems that make his public performances... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/02/2017
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Christmas Poems
Gaby Morgan
A joyful selection of poems of all kinds that celebrate the many and varied aspects of Christmas. There's U.A. Fanthorpe on the all-important subject of the delivery of presents in Reindeer Report or Ted Hughes on the wondrous properties of... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/09/2014
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The Same Inside
Liz Brownlee, Roger Stevens, Matt Goodfellow
This collection features poems by three of our best-known and best-loved children's poets, Liz Brownlee, Matt Goodfellow and Roger Stevens. Between them, using a range of poetic styles and voices, they cover lots of topics – friendship and togetherness, difference,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 11/01/2018
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The Lost Words
Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 A book to make you think and feel, this is an important, beautiful, spellbinding treasure. Words from nature are disappearing, being removed, left to one side to be forgotten. Some words... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/10/2017
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Centrally Heated Knickers
Michael Rosen
I think poetry for children needs to be saved from the cold dissection of right and wrong answers and put back into rooms and halls full of wonder, compassion, haunting, laughter, music and rhythm. We need to hear its many... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/10/2017
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A Poem for Every Day of the Year
Allie Esiri
In a nutshell: 366 poems, an inspiring new anthology ‘Poetry powerhouse' Allie Esiri follows up the bestselling A Poem for Every Night of the Year with another lively, inspiring collection. There's a huge range of poems included, by poets old... Featured in: 11+ readers | 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/09/2017
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The World's Greatest Space Cadet
James Carter
Yes, there's a poem to a space cadet in this typically lively, inviting and memorable new collection from James Carter; but it's an ode not to an astronaut but to a dreamer, someone whose head is firmly in a cloud.... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2017
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What is Poetry?
Michael Rosen
A detailed and very personal guide to reading and writing poetry by one of the country's leading children's poets. Lovereading Review will follow... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/10/2016
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Collected Poems for Children: Macmillan Classics Edition
Charles Causley
This Macmillan Classics edition is truly a special gift to treasure. The poems in this collection all by Charles Causley, who is considered to be one of the greatest post-war poets, were chosen and arranged by him. They feature as great... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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A Poem for Every Night of the Year
Allie Esiri
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2016 A fabulously rich anthology of 366 poems - one for every night of the year as promised in the title. Or for... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 08/09/2016
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Wonderland: Alice in Poetry
Lewis Carroll
Shortlisted for the CLPE Children's Poetry Award (CLiPPA) 2017 Lewis Carroll's Alice has been enchanting children for 150 years. Curious Alice, the bossy White Rabbit, the formidable Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter are among the best-loved, most iconic... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/09/2016
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I Don't Like Poetry
Joshua Seigal
What do you mean you don't like poetry? This must mean you've not read the debut collection of poems from Joshua Seigal! Whether it's poems about the power of books or the joys of fried chicken, once you've read Joshua's... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/09/2016
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There's a Monster in the Garden
David Harmer
School life, families, football, aliens - these are some of performance poet David Harmer's favourite things, all popular themes for his poems. Like the title poem to this collection, they are often presented with something of a ‘what if?' warning,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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IF A Treasury of Poems for Almost Every Possibility
Allie Esiri
A review by Liam Parkin Poetry for a younger audience is often ‘shunted in the realm of schoolwork' as Allie Esri and Rachel Kelly notice, but this beautiful anthology reminds us of the resonance that particular poems, verses and lines... Featured in: 9+ readers | 13+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/10/2012
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Please Mrs. Butler
Allan Ahlberg
Age 7+. This funny collection of poems for the 8-11 age group is all about one school. The verses cover such things as playtime, the school outing, the school nurse, French lessons, the three R's, nicknames, best friends - and... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/03/2003
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Oxford Book Of Children's Poetry
Michael Harrison, Christopher Stuart-clark
Age 7+. A wonderful treasury of more than 250 poems, old and new from old favourites by Rudyard Kipling and Hilaire Belloc to new poems by some of the best contemporary poets for children such as Michael Rosen and Carol... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/09/2007
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Michael Rosen's Big Book of Bad Things
Michael Rosen
Age 7+. Children's Laureate Michael Rosen brilliantly entertaining poems capture all kinds of moments of childhood – funny, sad, outrageous, tender, serious – many of which happened in his own childhood. Through them he charts some terrible things he did... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/08/2010
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Don't Tell The Teacher
Gervase Phinn
Children love nothing better than doing things they know their teacher would rather they didn't. These poems are full of fun and a bit of cheek too. Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 03/08/2006
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New and Collected Poems for Children
Carol Ann Duffy
A stunning collection of poems for children by the Poet Laureate. Carol Ann Duffy's collection opens with ‘The Words of Poems', which is a perfect introduction to the feast of delights found within this anthology. Duffy's poems encompass everything from... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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What Are We Fighting For? New Poems About War
Roger Stevens, Brian Moses
Wide- ranging and thoughtful, this anthology of poems by award-winning poets Roger Stevens and Brian Moses captures the many different aspects of war. Divided into three sections the first of which focuses on different aspects of World War 1, the... Featured in: 11+ readers | 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/01/2014
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Poems from the First World War Published in Association with Imperial War Museums
Gaby Morgan
Written by those who were involved at the time, this is a thoughtful and powerful selection of poems that capture many different experiences of war. The soldiers' view is reflected in familiar poems such as Wilfred Owen's haunting Dulce Et... Featured in: 11+ readers | 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/05/2014
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Shahnameh The Persian Book of Kings
Elizabeth Laird
February 2014 Poetry Book of the Month The Shahnameh is a fabulous collection of stories and myths from ancient Persia, written into an epic poem by the poet Firdousi in the 10th century. Elizabeth Laird is passionate about bringing this... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/02/2014
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Cosmic Disco
Grace Nichols
Award-winning Grace Nichols creates all the moods evoked by the title in this beautiful anthology which lightly captures the wonder of the world. Lightly in poems such as ‘Sun, You're a Star' Nichols gives her own account of the universe.... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2013
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Olympic Poems - 100% Unofficial!
Brian Moses, Roger Stevens
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,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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The Complete Nonsense of Edward Lear
Edward Lear
Michael Murpurgo, June 2011's Guest Editor, says: "I loved the eccentric drawings, the wonderfully clever rhymes, and head-nodding beat of the limericks. The old man with birds nesting in his beard was my grandfather. No question." Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/04/2001
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