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Julia Donaldson's Poems to Perform  

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No list of children's poems would be complete without Poems to Perform.  In this book, the fantastic Julia Donaldson has chosen specific poems which lend themselves well to being performed by children.

She has even included notes and ideas on how best to perform them in a section at the end.

Julia believes (and we agree!) that performing can help children enjoy reading and grow in confidence.

The poems include classics by Edward Lear, W H Auden and Eleanor Farjeon to more modern poems by Michael Rosen, John Agard and Clare Bevan. 


Michael Rosen's A to Z: The best children's poetry from Agard to Zephaniah

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Michael Rosen is one of the best known figures in the world of children's books. He has published numerous award-winning children's books such as Quick, Let's get Out of Here, We're Going on a Bear Hunt and Chocolate Cake.

In this book, Rosen features 127 poems for children from 61 poets that are 'rich with the many cultures, voices and sounds of the most exciting performance poets in Britain today.

Read the best of children's poetry from the best poets in the wonderful anthology.

Silly Verse for Kids by Spike Milligan

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We must admit to being a little biased when it comes to Spike Milligan. For those who don't know, Spike died in 2002 and arranged to have "I told you I was ill" written on his headstone.  What a hero!

Silly Verse for Kids is a hilarious collection of silly poems by the man himself.

From the ridiculous to the sublime, this is a very funny book. With his very own illustrations, this collection, which includes the famous On the Ning Nang Nong will make you laugh so much your face hurts.


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