Released on 30 January 2014.

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Poems to Perform

A classic collection chosen by the Children's Laureate

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For ages 3-5
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In Poems to Perform, Julia Donaldson has chosen poems with performance by children in mind, and her notes and ideas on performing them are included in a special section at the end of the book.

Julia's passionate belief that performance can help children enjoy reading and grow in confidence is informed by her own experience both as a child and now, working with groups of children to bring stories, poems and songs to life.

The poems range from classics by Edward Lear, W H Auden and Eleanor Farjeon to contemporary work by Michael Rosen, John Agard and Clare Bevan. Illustrated throughout with exquisite, expressive lino-cuts by Clare Melinsky, this is a book for teachers, parents, children: anyone who loves great poetry.

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This is a book for teachers, parents, children; anyone who loves poetry - and anyone you want to encourage to love poetry.
A vibrant collection of poems perfect to be performed by two or more voices.
Families First NI