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By Michael Rosenthe 2008 Children’s Laureate

Celebrate the power of words with the 2008 Children’s Laureate, Michael Rosen’s, selection of poetry books

Michael Rosen

Red, Cherry Red by Jackie Kay, illustrated by Rob Ryan (Bloomsbury, £6.99 PB)

Red, Cherry Red by Jackie Kay

Suitable for: boys; girls; older readers; reluctant readers; more able readers; read aloud.

What a delight to have another collection from Jackie Kay. It’s hard to find poems by women who talk to children about their childhood with seriousness and tenderness. When she says ‘I’, it really feels like ‘I’. Many of these poems are musical and suggestive, weaving mini myths as they unfold: ‘The moon was married last night/and nobody saw…’ The book is also daring: it deals with love and kissing as nice and important stuff. A CD is included. (As some of the poems deal with more adult themes, Bloomsbury cite this book as suitable for children aged 12+.)

The Carnival of the Animals: Poems Inspired by Saint-Saëns’ Music, illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura (Walker, £6.99 PB)

The Carnival of the Animals poetry anthology

See our interactive poetry poster ‘Aquarian’ taken from The Carnival of the Animals.

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