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
Poems to Perform
A Classic collection chosen by Julia Donaldson
by Clare Melinsky
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
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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 Highway Rat
The Scarecrow's Wedding
The Magic Paintbrush
Sharing a Shell
What the Ladybird Heard
The Rhyming Rabbit
The Singing Mermaid
Sugarlump and the Unicorn
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
The Flying Bath
Night Monkey Day Monkey
Freddie and The Fairy
Wake Up Do Lydia Lou
The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy Cat
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