Chrissie Gittins’ First Major Poetry Collection
Stars in Jars by Chrissie Gittins (Published by A&C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing)
Paperback – £6.99
out February 13th 2014
From the Press Release:
A&C Black are proud to publish the first major collection of poetry for children by popular poet Chrissie Gittins.
This wonderful collection of new poems and old favourites, some funny and some serious, covers almost two decades of her best work. It will appeal to anyone who loves words and what they can do and is ideal for the new curriculum requirements for reading, learning and reciting poetry.
“Chrissie Gittins knows just what words can do: she makes them dance, sing, sit still for a moment and then leap across the page with joy!” – Ian McMillan
With charming line illustrations by Calef Brown this is a delightful selection to get children thinking, reading and rhyming.
- The first large-scale collection from this talented and very popular poet
- Chrissie is a frequent and successful visiting poet in schools
- Ages 7+
“Chrissie Gittins’ poems are imaginative snapshots taken with a quirky edge that appeals to children. She crafts the language and surprises the reader; many of the poems would act as creative catalysts for children’s own writing. She is one of the best children’s poets currently writing and visiting schools.” – Pie Corbett
Chrissie Gittins was born in Lancashire and lives in Forest Hill in South London. She worked as an artist and teacher before becoming a freelance writer. She writes poetry, radio drama, short stories, and poetry for children.
Her children’s poetry collections Now You See Me, Now You… and I Don’t Want an Avocado for an Uncle were shortlisted for the CLPE Award and three of her collections were Poetry Book Society choices for the Children’s Poetry Bookshelf. Two of her children’s poems won Belmont Poetry Prizes in 2002. Her children’s poems have been animated for Cbeebies TV and are widely anthologised. Her poem ‘Death in the Poetry Library’ features on the Southbank Centre audio tour.