To celebrate The Reading Agency’s #ReadingTogetherDay, The Poetry Society has asked poets for some of their top recommendations of poetry books grown-ups can read with their children:
National Poetry Competition commended poet Cheryl Moskowitz is herself a children’s book writer, having most recently published The Corona Collection – A Conversation, exploring children’s perspective on life in lockdown, and Can it Be About Me?, a book of poems about friendship, playing games, teachers, bullying, jealousy, quarrels and secrets. She also gave us a run-down of some of her favourite books to share with children:
Our Learning & Participation Manager Julia Bird also reccomends Sensational: Poems chosen by Roger McGough (Macmillan): “I used to read poems from this with my nephew when he was younger, not least because it includes an Adrian Henri poem whose protagonist has the same name as my brother.”
The Poetry Society’s Marketing & Communication Officer Oliver Fox said “We used to read a weird little anthology called Oh, That’s Ridiculous ed. William Cole (Viking Press, later Puffin Books), which was full of spooky nonsense poems by writers like Spike Milligan, Theodore Roethke, and Ogden Nash, and taught me early on that it was okay for a poem to make you laugh, or even to be a little uncomfortable and scary.”
Education Co-ordinator Helen Bowell recommends Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper, a warming family favourite perfect for younger readers!
Our Education Officer Natasha Ryan recommends A Hurricane in my Head by Matt Abbott: “Matt gets to the heart of the things young readers grapple with – a new school, friends, bullying, football. These poems will help young people navigate their experiences, offering solidarity and comfort.”
And noted poety parent Ian McMillan, father of noted poetry son Andrew McMillan, says: “Me and Andrew used to love reading a wonderful anthology called Roger Was A Razor Fish, published by Hippo in 1980, edited by Jill Bennett. What a classic!”