A detailed and very personal guide to reading and writing poetry by one of the country’s leading children’s poets.
This perfect gift features famous poems, old and new, and a few surprises. Classic verses from William Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, W. B. Yeats and Christina Rossetti sit alongside poems from Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, Carol Ann Duffy, Neil Gaiman and Roger McGough to create the ultimate collection.
n Poems to Live Your Life By, Chris Riddell, Waterstones Children’s Laureate 2015-2017 and political cartoonist for the Observer, has selected his very favourite classic and modern poems about life, death and everything in between.
This gorgeously illustrated collection includes forty-six poems and is divided into sections covering: musings, youth, family, love, imaginings, nature, war and endings. Chris Riddell brings them to life with his exquisite, intricate artwork in this beautiful anthology.
A stunning gift book containing 150 bold, brave and beautiful poems by women – from classic, well loved poets to innovative and bold modern voices. From suffragettes to school girls, from spoken word superstars to civil rights activists, from aristocratic ladies to kitchen maids, these are voices that deserve to be heard.
Collected by anthologist Ana Sampson She is Fierce: Brave, Bold and Beautiful Poems by Women contains an inclusive array of voices, from modern and contemporary poets, including Maya Angelou, Nikita Gill, Wendy Cope, Ysra Daley-Ward, Emily Bronte, Carol Ann Duffy, Fleur Adcock, Liz Berry, Jackie Kay, Hollie McNish, Imtiaz Dharker, Helen Dunmore, Emily Dickinson, Mary Oliver, Christina Rossetti, Margaret Atwood and Dorothy Parker.
“Award-winning writer Reynolds (Long Way Down, 2017, etc.) offers a letter in the form of a long poem that acknowledges and encourages young people’s dreams and aspirations… Inspirational reading for any occasion.” KIRKUS
” A powerful and affirming book-length poem for teens.” School Library Journal
“This stylistic masterpiece speaks to the dreamer in us all, regardless of where we are on the path to success.” TeenReads
This special anthology features poems by the National Poetry Day Ambassadors, a top team of fantastic poets who bring poetry alive all year round.
Includes new poems by Deborah Alma, Joseph Coelho, Sally Crabtree, Jan Dean, Marjorie Lotfi Gill, Chrissie Gittins, Matt Goodfellow, Sophie Herxheimer, Michaela Morgan, Brian Moses, Abigail Parry, Rachel Piercey, Rachel Rooney, Joshua Siegal and Kate Wakeling (winner of the CLiPPA, 2017).
And each poet has chosen a favourite poem to share, so look out for classics by Chistina Rossetti, WB Yeats, Shakespeare and Keats among others.
An exciting and thought-provoking celebration of all that is extraordinary in the natural world. Includes fascinating information about the creatures depicted.
Combines poetry with contextualising factual information.
Tiny Owl is the first publisher of Eloise Greenfield’s work in the UK. Greenfield has written nearly 50 books for children in a career spanning some 60 years. She is a winner of the Coretta Scott King Award and won the Award for Excellence in Poetry of Children for her body of work.
This is a unique collection of poems about the freindshio between a young boy and his dog, charmingly illustrated in collage style by Ehsan Abdollahi, who made headlines in 2017 when he was denied a visa to attend the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Superb collection of some old, some reworked and some brand-new poems from this under-appreciated poet-illustrator.
West has never been a ‘contemporary’ children’s poet and probably ticks fewer boxes on the Cool checklist than ever before. But it is the very timelessness of his verse that satisfies. He writes mainly in rhyming couplets (sometimes broken into shorter lines) with a deft ear for rhythm, perfect for telling a story, as in ‘The Witch Who Was Pretty’:
This witch, she was pretty,
This witch, she was fair,
This witch had the silkiest
Her chin wan’t pointed,
Her nose wasn’t bent,
And people admired her
Wherever she went.
Some of West’s best work is rooted in the tradition of English lullaby and song. Take ‘I Bought My Love A Tabby Cat’ which starts:
I bought my love a tabby cat
A tabby cat, a tabby cat,
My love made him a velvet hat
To wear when we were wed.
Often the poems are straightforwardly about times past…
Long years ago, or so it’s said,
There lived a peasant, name of Fred…
begins one of my favourites, ‘Fred’s Fantastic Boots’, which is a story about someone who has a yearning for fashionable footwear above both his station and means. But there’s no stopping him. He makes himself a pair from patches of leather:
He worked till late (he got up early)
To make the toes both long and curly.
At last he fashioned for each foot
A multi-coloured patchwork boot,
With pointed toes so elongated
That Fred felt quite exhilarated.
Then on the tip of either toe
He fixed a bell that tinkled so.
This poem is also a good example of how West’s own illustrations complement his narrative. I love the picture of three armoured soldiers carting Fred off, the pointy-toed boots still on his feet.
‘A Blackpool Ballad’ is a playful riff on Bingo-speak:
At Two Fat Ladies Tower Road
Lived lonely Sam McCrick,
Who loved a a girl along the way
At number Clickety-Click
The poem ends sadly…
They buried Sam beneath the sands,
And as the mourners passed,
Sighed Sue, ‘Life’s like a Bingo Game,
His number’s up at last!’
In summary: a highly recommended, read-aloud collection that will entertain and amuse.
Look out also for this other example of West’s work in second-hand bookshops and charity shops:
The Times Educational Supplement said of this: “This handsome book gathers West’s nonsense verse across two decades. Liberally illustrated in colour by West himself (he produces picture books as well as poetry), this book should be in every teacher’s personal library, on hand should an opportunity for five minutes of off-message, anarchic laughter present itself.”
This eagerly awaited new collection from an outstanding poet, winner of the CLiPPA Award, is perfectly matched by the amazing wit and inventiveness of the former UK Children’s Laureate.