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.
It’s possible to buy signed copies of the books on this page from my local bookshop, by clicking on the “Buy a signed copy” link.
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
This is a companion to Wriggle and Roar and contains illustrated versions of the younger poems from Crazy Mayonnaisy Mum.
There is a book and CD edition with Justin Fletcher.
A vibrant collection of poems perfect to be performed by two or more voices!
In this collection, Julia Donaldson has chosen poems with performance by children in mind, and in the notes section at the end of the book are her notes and ideas on performing them. Julia’s passionate belief that performance can help children enjoy reading and grow in confidence is informed by her own experience both as a child and now, working with groups of children to bring stories, poems and songs to life. The poems range from classics by Edward Lear, W H Auden and Eleanor Farjeon to contemporary work by Michael Rosen, John Agard and Clare Bevan. Illustrated throughout with expressive lino-cuts, this is a book for teachers, parents, children: anyone who loves great poetry.
Shortlisted for the 2014 CLPE Children’s Poetry Award.
“A gorgeous book for the classroom - or for reading and sharing at home.” Booktrust
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