Minibeasts in all their glory gather in this brand-new book from the creators of Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus. Join in with beetles and ladybirds, ants and bees and bugs galore as they dance the night away! But who is missing from the fun . . . will poor slow snail arrive in time? Bug-fans everywhere will enjoy this insect romp – perfect to enjoy both in and out of the classroom; with its read-aloud rhyming text and exuberant illustrations, this is a sure-fire winner from the popular duo, Tony Mitton and Guy Parker-Rees, illustrator of the bestselling Giraffes Can’t Dance – for pure clap-along, dance-along fun.

Some days, you struggle with algebra, or too much homework. Sometimes, one of your fellow pupils just won’t SHUT UP. And sometimes, the hardest thing is just trying to fit in. When the class feels like a many-headed dragon, how can you find a place for yourself? Would you feel less lonely if you could smuggle in a cat? And when your parents are fighting, don’t you find yourself looking into other people’s windows on the walk back home?

 

Ieva Flamingo’s children’s poems capture the emotional highs and lows of childhood with a sharp, surreal eye and a touching sympathy. The Noisy Classroom is a friend of a book: the poems here understand the pressures faced by children, but they also take in stressed parents, overworked teachers who dream of holidays in Iceland, and the fairies who clean the school at the end of the day. Not to mention the headmaster: after all, he was young once too…

Rising Stars is a showcase of – and a platform for – some of the most brilliant emerging young poets writing today. We can’t pretend to have discovered them; with the help of Joelle Taylor, poet and director of SLAMbassadors UK, Pop Up and Otter-Barry Books tapped into the UK’s spoken word community, where we wanted to find writer-performers interested in making the journey into poetry for young readers. We most certainly found what we were looking for!

CLiPPA award-winning poet Kate Wakeling says:

“A vibrant anthology of fresh new voices. Here are five poets unafraid to tackle the big themes, each writing with wit, poise, power and heart.”

 

 

This collaboration is supported by Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts programme.

Black and white illustrations are by final year students from Birmingham City University: Riya Chowdhury, Elanor Chuah & Joe Manners.

Find classroom resources for Rising Stars here!

 

Freddie is desperate for a pet, so when he rescues Bessie-Belle and she offers to grant his wishes he knows just what to ask for. The only problem is that Bessie-Belle can’t hear very well, and Freddie tends to mumble. Whatever can they do? Luckily the Fairy Queen is on hand to explain …

Meet Skig, who’s meant to be a warrior (but is really more of a worrier). Meet a giddy comet, skidding across the sky with her tail on fire. Put a marvellous new machine in your pocket and maybe you’ll be able to fix all your life’s problems. Kate Wakeling’s first book of poems for children is full of curious characters and strange situations. The poems she writes are always musical, sometimes magical, and full of wonder at the weirdness of the world.

Moon Juice contains 25 poems and features bonus materials, including interviews with the author and the illustrator, and ideas for writing your own poems.

How big is the universe? Are there dogs in space? What if your friend – or your granddad – was an alien? Join the poets in wondering in Watcher of the Skies, a sparkling collection of poems about the outermost possibilities of space, life and our imaginations.

Fully illustrated by Emma Wright and accompanied with helpful facts from space scientist Rachel Cochrane (Institute for Astronomy, University of Edinburgh) and ideas for writing poems from Rachel Piercey, this is the perfect companion for any budding stargazer or astronaut.

A follow-up to I Will Love You Anyway, this touching rhyming story is full of friendship and tail wagging and will touch a chord with all children who love pets – by the bestselling author of the Kipper and Wibbly Pig series.

‘Fetch!’ and ‘Sit!’ and ‘Stay!’ I understand them all. Those are the words I know. But what is ‘Fred’?

Fred the dog may not know his name yet or how to stay out of trouble but one little boy will love him no matter what.

After a bungled heist job, Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam find out that while crime doesn’t pay, a change of career might do the trick.

The pair move from break-ins to bake-offs and find the secret to their success.

Perhaps you’ll want to annoy your family by reading them out; perhaps you’ll want to chuckle at them under the covers with a torch; perhaps you’ll want to stare at the pictures drawn by Mr Chris Riddell or maybe you’ll want to shout them aloud to capture the spirit of your poet, A.F. Harrold himself.