Shortlisted for the North Somerset Teachers Book Awards 2020
Jun 5, 2019
Poems About Our Moon
Edited By Roger Stevens
Illustrated by Ed Boxall
An anthology of poems about the moon, published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing in 1969.
New poems about the moon from well-known and up-and-coming poets, including many of the National Poetry Day Ambassadors, are combined with classic poems with a moon theme.
This is an inspirational and beautifully illustrated anthology that will spark children's imaginations and celebrate our solar system in the 50th anniversary year of the moon landing in July 1969.
Poets include Roger Stevens, Brian Moses, Valerie Bloom, Mandy Coe, Grace Nichols, Liz Brownlee, James Carter, Jay Hulme, Tony Mitton, Sue Hardy-Dawson and Rachel Rooney, as well as Percy Bysshe Shelley, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Emily Brontë.
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"A sweet sliver of a book."
Kate Kellaway - Observer
"Boxall's ink drawings breathe beauty into these lunar musings and fantastical truths."
Children's Books Ireland
"Not only is this an awe-inspiring anthology of moon-themed poetry from internationally-known poets, it's got interesting facts when they can add to the appreciation of a particular poem's topic. Boxall's beautiful black and white linocuts add another delightful dimension to what's already an out of this world anthology"
Ronna Mandel - Goodreads with Ronna (USA)
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Liz Brownlee is a poet, performer and film-maker. Much of her work is about animals and she is a frequent visitor to schools with her guidance dog, Lola. She recently collaborated with Matt Goodfellow and Roger Stevens on the acclaimed collection The Same Inside, poems about empathy and friendship. She lives in Bristol.
James Carter is a prize-winning poet, guitarist and educational writer. He travels all over the UK to give poetry performances and workshops, and is the author of many best-selling poetry books including Hey Little Bug! and I'm a Little Alien. James lives in Wallingford, Oxfordshire.
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Mandy Coe is an acclaimed poet whose verse for children and adults has featured on BBC radio and television. Her work on teaching poetry has been published by the TES, Bloomsbury and CUP, and she is a Visiting Fellow of The Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. She co-authored Our thoughts are bees: Writers Working with Schools and her poems can be heard on ‘Talking Poetry’, BBC Schools Radio and at the Poetry Archive. Her first collection for children, If You Could See Laughter, was shortlisted for the CLPE Poetry Award. She lives in Liverpool.
Rachel Rooney worked as a teacher of special needs children while also bringing up her three sons. She is much in demand for school workshops, and for performances of her work at festivals. Her first poetry collection, The Language of Cat, was published in 2011 and won the CLPE prize, followed by My Life as a Goldfish in 2014. A Kid in My Class was shortlisted for the CLiPPA Children's Poetry Prize in 2019. Rachel lives in Brighton.