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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.

cover - Crazy mayonnaisy Mum Crazy Mayonnaisy Mum

illustrated by Nick Sharratt

isbn 978-1447293224

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

cover - Wriggle and Roarillustrated by Nick Sharratt

isbn 978-1447276654

“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

cover - Shuffle and SquelchShuffle and Squelch

Illustrated by Nick Sharratt

isbn 978-1447276814

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.

Poems to Perform
A Classic collection chosen by Julia Donaldson

cover - Poems to Performillustrated by Clare Melinsky

isbn 978-1447243397

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

The following books (described fully in the Picture Books and the Educational Books sections) all have rhyming texts:

A Squash and a Squeeze

The Gruffalo

Monkey Puzzle

Postman Bear

Fox’s Socks

Hide-and-seek Pig

Rabbit’s Nap

Room on the Broom

The Snail and the Whale

The Gruffalo’s Child

Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book


Stick Man

Tabby McTat


The Highway Rat


The Scarecrow's Wedding

The Magic Paintbrush

Sharing a Shell

What the Ladybird Heard

The Rhyming Rabbit

The Singing Mermaid

What the Ladybird Heard Next

Sugarlump and the Unicorn

One Ted Falls out of Bed

Rosie's Hat

Conjuror Cow

Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose

Hippo Has a Hat

One Mole Digging a Hole

Toddle Waddle

Goat Goes to Playgroup

Animal Music

Cave Baby

Tyrannosaurus Drip

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

It's a little baby

Detective Dog

Mr Snow

Spacegirl Sue

Waiter Waiter!

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


About me
Picture books
Early readers
Songbird phonics
Educational books
Big books
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