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Recommended Reads October 2018

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All The Wild Wonders

Author: Wendy Cooling
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Published Date: 4th May 2017
RRP: £6.99

In this celebration of our Earth, distinguished anthologist Wendy Cooling has chosen poems to make children look, think, and ask questions. Why are trees so important? How are motorways damaging our countryside? What can we do about rubbish? What can we do to protect our Earth for the future? Strong, colourful illustrations combine to make this a gift book with a difference.

The Puffin Book of Utterly Brilliant Poetry

Author: Brian Patten
Publisher: Puffin
Published Date: 26th August 1999
RRP: £12.99

An utterly brilliant collection of the very best poems, from Puffin Books,

A celebratory anthology of the best of Puffin poetry publishing, including poems by Roger McGough, Michael Rosen, Charles Causley, Benjamin Zephaniah, Jackie Kay, Spike Milligan, John Agard, Brian Patten, Allan Ahlberg and Kit Wright. Each poet's work is illustrated by a different artist such as Emma Chichester Clark, Fritz Wegner and Korky Paul.

Brian Patten came to public attention with the publication of THE MERSEY SOUND in 1967. He is a very popular performance poet, always in demand for conferences and school visits. Collections of his own poetry are published in Puffin and he is the editor of the PUFFIN BOOK OF TWENTIETH CENTURY VERSE. Brian lives in London.

This collection features poems and illustrations from:

Spike Milligan; Kit Wright; Michael Rosen; Charles Causley; Roger McGough; Benjamin Zephaniah; Brian Patten; Jackie Kay; John Agard; Allan Ahlberg; Emma Chichester Clark; Korky Paul; Alison Jay; Lydia Monks; Ali Chatterton; David Mostyn; Sue Williams; Sheila Moxley; Fritz Wegner

Jelly Boots Smelly Boots

Author: Michael Rosen
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's books
Published Date: 22nd September 2016
RRP: £14.99

A riotous celebration of words - silly words, funny words, words you only use in your own family, new words, old words, and the very best words in the right order.

A Poem For Every Night of the Year

Author: Allie Esiri
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Published Date: 8th September 2016
RRP: £16.99

A Poem For Every Night of the Year is a magnificent collection of 366 poems compiled by Allie Esiri, one to share for every night of the year. The poems - together with introductory paragraphs - have a link to the date on which they appear. Shakespeare celebrates midsummer night, Maya Angelou International Women's Day and Lewis Carroll April Fool's day.

Perfect for reading aloud and sharing with all the family, it contains a full spectrum of poetry from familiar favourites to exciting contemporary voices. Alfred, Lord Tennyson, W. B. Yeats, A. A. Milne and Christina Rossetti sit alongside Roger McGough, Carol Ann Duffy and Benjamin Zephaniah.

I Bet I Can Make You Laugh

Author: Joshua Seigal
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's books
Published Date: 9th August 2018
RRP: £5.99

Packed full of stupendously silly, fantastically funny and hysterically hilarious poems, this brilliant anthology is edited by exciting young poet, Joshua Seigal. Featuring a diverse range of contributors and some brand new poems from Joshua himself, this book is perfect for anyone who needs a giggle or a belly laugh! Joshua's first book, I Don't Like Poetry was shortlisted for the 2017 Laugh Out Loud Awards (the UK's only prize for funny children's books) and this book is a marvellous mixture of his subversive humour and insight into the world of children.