Featured Author – Michael Rosen Writer of Childrens Books

Michael Rosen writer of childrens books – you might describe Michael Rosen as this but not only is he a fantastic writer and a famous poet, he is a radio presenter, performer – and a very busy man, appearing at schools, libraries, colleges and festivals all over the country.  Thats not to mention his media appearances, videos and other live performances such as his show on Radio4

Michael Rosen Writer of Childrens Books

Michael Rosen was born in Harrow on May 7th 1946, which means that he has a birthday very soon!  Happy Birthday to him!

We looked into his background to see where he may have got his flare for writing and performing and we found out that Michael Rosen’s parents were teachers and his father was fond of singing songs, poetry and plays.   And that it was at University where he studied English Language and Literature that he wrote his first book called Backbone, which was on at the Royal Court Theatre in London.  After leaving university and working for radio and television he eventually wrote his first children’s book in 1974 which was called Mind Your Own Business, since then he hasn’t looked back.  Its all been writing books, promoting them, appearing in schools, writing for magazines, appearances all over.

We looked at Michael Rosens events page to see if he’s still as busy today and coming up in April he has…

  • April 19 – Cambridge Literature Festival and Launch of Humanism for children book
    April 25-26 Poetry festival in Much Wenlock, Shropshire
  • April, May and June Teaching a ‘children’s literature in action’ course at Goldsmiths, University of London as part of the MA in Children’s Literature

Michael Rosen has written many many books indeed – you can see a list of them here Michael Rosen Bibliography  but one of his most famous and one of our favorites is

We’re going on a bear hunt – which celebrated 25 years last year!

 

Much of Michaels inspiration for poetry came from his childhood, and you can listen to a number of videos of him reading some of this poetry on Youtube

Like – Mum Reads to Me Every Night

Or this funny story about spelling with the poem which comes from ‘When Did You Last Wash Your Feet?’

You can find out more about Michael Rosen – on his website – http://www.michaelrosen.co.uk/

He’s also a regular on Twitter – https://twitter.com/MichaelRosenYes

We hope you enjoyed our little feature about Michael Rosen writer of Childrens Books and found out just a little bit more about him.

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