Poems for children and all the family


Favourite poems by favourite poets

Welcome to some great children's poetry. In fact great poetry for all the family. The high quality of the poems selected is sure to bring pleasure to children and adults alike.


Inside each of the books you will find old and new favourites from the best of children's poets: poems which appeal to all age groups, ideal for reading at home or in school. Remember "The Owl and the Pussy-cat" and "Puppy and I" - those enduring classics? What about Kit Wright's "Dad and the Cat and the Tree"?


There are many more treats in store. Some by Michael Rosen including "You Tell Me" his amusing poem about the football scores. Some by Christina Rossetti who provides gems such as "Hurt No Living Thing" and "In the Bleak Midwinter". Some by Eleanor Farjeon who gives us "Cats" (sleep anywhere!) and the wonderful story of "Mrs Malone". And each with their distinctive offerings are Allan Ahlberg, Charles Causley, Roger McGough and June Crebbin.


Here's the ending of Robert Frost's famous poem "The Road Not taken" from Book 4 of the poetry books:


Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - 

I took the one less travelled by,

And that has made all the difference.


Attractively illustrated, and presented in a child-friendly way, the books will bring lasting pleasure and delight. June Crebbin, the well-known poet, says this about the collection:


“…delightful anthologies. I’m sure children will find each anthology a treasure trove, containing as they do, so many memorable poems on a wide variety of themes.”  


For extracts click here and here to see the contents of each book. For a selection of some of the poems click here. Some examples of the notes that have been written to accompany the poems are included on the contents pages and these are available free on request.


There are 4 books in the series with poems having been chosen to suit the 7-11 age group particularly. They are ideal for meeting the requirements of the National Curriculum. The content of successive anthologies becomes gradually more demanding to match a child's age but there is nothing wrong whatsover in letting children enjoy easier poems. Book 1: Hurt No Living Thing; Book 2: Mrs Malone; Book 3: Stones by the Sea; Book 4: Something I Remember.