Michael Rosen

Former Children's Laureate (2007-09), and a hugely popular children's poet and author...

Michael Rosen

Biography

Date of birth: 7 May 1946

Michael Rosen was born into a London Jewish family, the son of two distinguished educators - Connie and Harold Rosen. Michael's childhood was rich in books, stories and conversation; on one camping holiday, Harold Rosen memorably read his family the unabridged version of Little Dorrit. Michael's childhood ambitions were to be an actor (a desire fuelled by weekly visits to the Questors Theatre in Ealing) or a farmer. He has strong memories about the way he was taught poetry at school - "There was a ritual about it... almost semi-religious... some people were made to feel a failure because they couldn't learn it."

Michael attended Middlesex Hospital Medical School for a year but transferred to Wadham College, Oxford to study English Literature. At Oxford, he started to realise his ambition of acting (as well as writing and directing). Michael still says that if he wasn't a poet, he'd like to be an actor. Anyone who has seen him in performance knows that he already is!

Michael Rosen has been writing poetry since the age of 16. His first collection, Mind Your Own Business, was published in 1974. Although it was not planned as a collection for children, it appeared on Andre Deutsch's children's list. This, says Michael, was a turning point - "Suddenly it all fused: the writing, the performing, the popular audience. It was just incredibly exhilarating."

In 2007, Michael was appointed Children's Laureate, following in the distinguished footsteps of the likes of Quentin Blake and Jacqueline Wilson.

Book and writing awards

Children's Laureate (2007).

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Good Ideas

Good Ideas

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We live in a world surrounded by all the stuff that education is supposed to be about: machines, bodies, languages, cities, votes, mountains, energy, movement, plays, food, liquids, collisions, protests, stones, windows. But the way we've...
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Quick, Let's Get Out of Here

Quick, Let's Get Out of Here (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 128 pages
Published: 28/03/1985
Publisher: Puffin Books

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Shreddies in my hair. I looked at Eddie. Eddie's looking at me. Big grin on his face. I knew he had done it. Last week he put pepper in the... Read more

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Snore!

Snore! (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 32 pages
Published: 03/11/2003
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

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All is quiet on the farm. The animals are fast asleep. Until Dog starts to snore! One by one, the other animals try to stop him: Sheep says Boo! the... Read more

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This is Our House

This is Our House (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 32 pages
Published: 01/06/2009
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd

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This is a brilliantly observed story of prejudice and children at play from the Children's Laureate Michael Rosen - now brought to life with an... Read more

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Little Rabbit Foo Foo

Little Rabbit Foo Foo (Paperback)

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Published: 10/09/2009
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd

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Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story

Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story (Hardback)

by Michael Rosen

Format: Hardback 336 pages
Published: 07/11/2013
Publisher: John Murray Publishers Ltd

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From minding your Ps and Qs to wondering why X should mark the spot, Alphabetical is a book for everyone who loves words and language. Whether... Read more

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Little Rabbit Foo Foo

Little Rabbit Foo Foo

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Format: Other book format 32 pages
Published: 07/04/2003
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd

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He's wild, he's wicked, he's Little Rabbit Foo-Foo! The bully-boy bunny likes nothing better than to ride through the forest bopping... Read more

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Bananas in My Ears

Bananas in My Ears (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 96 pages
Published: 06/10/2011
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd

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This is a comic collection of verse from the illustrious pairing of two former Children's Laureates. From the chaos of breakfast and to the calm... Read more


Mustard, Custard, Grumble Belly and Gravy

Mustard, Custard, Grumble Belly and Gravy

by Michael Rosen, et al.

Format: Mixed media product 100 pages
Published: 02/06/2007
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

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"You Can't Catch Me" and "You Can't Put Mustard in the Custard" were first published twenty-five years ago and were... Read more

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Michael Rosen's Sad Book

Michael Rosen's Sad Book (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 40 pages
Published: 03/01/2011
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd

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This is a heartbreakingly honest account of a father's grief for his son from the illustrious pairing of two former Children's Laureates.... Read more

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Fluff the Farting Fish

Fluff the Farting Fish (Paperback)

by Michael Rosen

Format: Paperback 80 pages
Published: 03/01/2013
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd

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Elvie is desperate for a puppy that she can train up to do amazing tricks. But it's not a puppy. Mum returns from the pet shop with, it's a... Read more

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Michael Rosen's Book of Nonsense - Poetry Picture

Michael Rosen's Book of Nonsense - Poetry Picture (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 48 pages
Published: 21/08/2008
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

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In the best tradition of nonsense verse, here are poems to make everyone smile and laugh out loud. Children will delight in unraveling the meanings... Read more

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Even My Ears are Smiling

Even My Ears are Smiling

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Format: Mixed media product 128 pages
Published: 06/06/2013
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Following the publication of bestselling Mustard, Custard, Grumble Belly and Gravy, Michael Rosen has followed up with a brilliant new book of poems... Read more

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Centrally Heated Knickers

Centrally Heated Knickers (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 160 pages
Published: 03/08/2000
Publisher: Puffin Books

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Hail! Hail! I come from another galaxy. Discover the weird and wonderful world of martians, woolly saucepans and centrally heated knickers in 100... Read more

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Tiny Little Fly

Tiny Little Fly (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 32 pages
Published: 07/07/2011
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd

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This is a stunning, bold and funny picture book for the very young, from former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen and illustrator Kevin Waldron.... Read more

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Bear Flies High

Bear Flies High

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Format: Mixed media product 32 pages
Published: 05/07/2010
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Bear is playing on the beach and, seeing the seagulls wheeling above him, decides that he would love to learn how to fly. And there are four... Read more

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Michael Rosen's Big Book of Bad Things

Michael Rosen's Big Book of Bad Things (Paperback)

by Michael Rosen

Format: Paperback 224 pages
Published: 05/08/2010
Publisher: Puffin Books

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The arrival of a new poetry collection from one of Britain's greatest children's poets Michael Rosen is always cause for great excitement -... Read more

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Choosing Crumble

Choosing Crumble (Paperback)

by Michael Rosen

Format: Paperback 80 pages
Published: 02/01/2014
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd

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When Terri-Lee goes to the pet-shop she thinks she'll be choosing a dog - she doesn't expect the dog to be choosing her! But Crumble is no... Read more

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