Getting Poetic on a Friday Afternoon…

What’s that saying? You wait for a themed week and then three come along at once….?

We kicked-off the 2015 Chatterbooks week with a special event at Norwich’s Millennium Library on Tuesday at which author (and Chatterbooks champion) Guy Bass appeared and spoke to lots of keen children! Here he is below, in action and showing us his very official Chatterbooks badge:Guy Bass NML

Guy Bass NML 2

Lots of great Chatterbooks content was being shared via the #CBXweek hashtag (take a look if you can!), plus The Reading Agency shared some tips for setting up a Chatterbooks group, a Chatterbooks Champions activity pack AND a poetry Chatterbooks pack! Phew!

It’s also Dyslexia awareness week (until 11th October); both the British Dyslexia Association and Dyslexia Action have lots of information and resources available, plus The Guardian also shared two brilliant poems by Sally Gardner and Ros Asquith. We loved too this tweet from the publisher Barrington Stoke explaining what goes into their dyslexia-friendly books:


It was also National Poetry Day yesterday, this year with a theme of ‘Light’. The Forward Arts Foundation has great resouces and for this week’s Friday Reads, one of our Librarians, Harriet, has shared some poetry books she thinks are worth taking a look at…

Pick Up a Poem!

There’s lots of poetry all over the place this week.  Why limit it to this week?  The new curriculum is full of poetry, so Embrace and Enjoy!


For Early Years:

Over the Hills and Far Away collected by Elizabeth Hammill

Described as ‘A treasury of nursery rhymes from around the world’ this is a beautiful compilation with multiple illustrators. Buy for school and every young child you know.

(Frances Lincoln, £14.99 hardback, ISBN 9781847804068find it here on the NLIS catalogue)

For Key Stage 1:

Blue Balloons and Rabbit Ears Poems written and illustrated by Hilda Offen

This is a very varied mix of themes and poetry styles, fun and appealing to the younger child.  It was shortlisted for the CLPE Poetry Prize this year.

(Troika Books, £5.99 paperback, ISBN 9781909991033)

For Key Stage 2:

All the Wild Wonders edited by Wendy Cooling; illustrations by. Piet Grobler

Linked by a common theme of the beauty of the natural world and the very real environmental dangers it faces this is a lovely mix of old and new, with colourful but delicate watercolours from Grobler.

(Frances Lincoln, £12.99 hardback, ISBN 9781847806260find it here on the NLIS catalogue)

For Key Stage 3:

Rhyme Schemer by K.A. Holt

The verse novel is apparently much more familiar in the USA, but I’m glad this has been published here, as it is a clever, quick read about a delinquent lad who is full of anger, but who finds redemption through words.

Malorie Blackman’s Cloud Busting about bullying, and Sharon Creech’s Love That Dog, another popular verse novel, are also both suitable for KS2 or KS3

(Chronicle Books, £19.99 hardback, ISBN 9781452127002)

And here, is Harriet’s ‘poem of the week’- a stanza from Lord Cozens Hardy by John Betjeman:

Oh Lord Cozens Hardy
  Your mausoleum is cold,
The dry brown grass is brittle
  And frozen hard the mould
And where those Grecian columns rise
  So white among the dark
Of yew trees and of hollies in
  That corner of the park
By Norfolk oaks surrounded
  Whose branches seem to talk,
I know, Lord Cozens Hardy,
  I would not like to walk.

You can read our previous Friday Read posts here.


2 thoughts on “Getting Poetic on a Friday Afternoon…

  1. Just discovered your blog…looking forward to many many more posts to enjoy personally and share with my work in Decoding Dyslexia CT #DDCT thank you for speaking out on this issue and sharing so much to help so many!

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