Ever since my father gave me “The Book of a Thousand Poems” for my fifth
birthday and my grandmother read Edward Lear’s verses to me, I have
always loved poetry and the sound of words.
Probably because of my song-writing background, many of my picture books
are in rhyme. Click here for a complete list of these,
I have also written a collection of verse for 5-7-year-olds, Crazy
Mayonnaisy Mum and a book of action rhymes for younger children,
Wriggle and Roar (see below). Click Walking the Dog, to download a poem from Mayonaisy Mum and Nut Tree for a poem from Wriggle and Roar. Both books are illustrated by Nick Sharratt.
Crazy Mayonnaisy Mum
illustrated by Nick Sharratt
58 poems suitable for 5-7-year-olds – story poems, reflective rhymes, scenes from everyday life, a whole mixture.
I have always loved writing in verse since I was a small child. (This collection also contains a few which don’t
rhyme) I was thrilled to have this opportunity to gather together poems I had already written and to add some new ones.
Wriggle and Roar
– Rhymes to Join in with
by Nick Sharratt
“Whenever I’m tired of being me
I swing around like a chimpanzee.”
Seventeen brightly illustrated rhymes which children can join in, either with noises or actions.
There is also a Big Book version and a book and CD version with Justin Fletcher listed on the audio page
Shortlisted for the Early Years book award.
"This book will animate, engage and stimulate babies and have nursery classes jumping about with noisy
enthusiasm." The Sunday Times (Book of the Week)
"the perfect way to tire out lively toddlers…" It’s timeless, irresistible and will encourage
our youngest readers to be book-lovers for ever." The Bookseller
The following books (described fully in the Picture Books and the Educational
Books sections) all have rhyming texts:
A Squash and a Squeeze
Room on the Broom
The Snail and the Whale
The Gruffalo’s Child
Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book
The Magic Paintbrush
Sharing a Shell
What the Ladybird Heard
The Rhyming Rabbit
The Singing Mermaid
One Ted Falls out of Bed
Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose
Hippo Has a Hat
One Mole Digging a Hole
Goat Goes to Playgroup
Jack and The Flumflum Tree
Night Monkey Day Monkey
Freddie and The Fairy
The Brownie King
In addition, the following titles from my phonic rhyming scheme Songbirds are in rhyme:
Singing Dad, Moan, Moan, Moan!, Sue Kangaroo, Paula the Vet, Clare and the Fair, My Cat, Tim’s Bad Mood, The Deer and the Earwig, The Ox and the Yak