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A Poem For Every Day of the Year is a magnificent collection of 366 poems compiled by Allie Esiri, one to share on every day of the year. Reflecting the changing seasons and linking to events on key dates - funny for April Fool's Day, festive for Christmas - these poems are thoughtful, inspiring, humbling, informative, quiet, loud, small, epic, peaceful, energetic, upbeat, motivating, and empowering!

Perfect for reading aloud and sharing with all the family, it is bursting at the seams with familiar favourites and exciting new discoveries. T.S.Eliot, John Betjeman, Lewis Carroll, William Shakespeare and Christina Rossetti sit alongside Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, Carol Ann Duffy, and Kate Tempest. This soul-enhancing book is the perfect gift that will last the whole year, with a little bit of magic to read every day.
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  • Hardback | 576 pages
  • 161 x 241 x 47mm | 875g
  • MACMILLAN CHILDREN'S BOOKS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main Market Ed
  • 1509860541
  • 9781509860548
  • 1,449

Table of contents

Introduction - i: Introduction


Unit - 1: January
Chapter - 1: Promise - Jackie Kay
Chapter - 2: Infant Joy - William Blake
Chapter - 3: Poem for a New Year - Matt Goodfellow
Chapter - 4: Lines Written by a Bear of Very Little Brain - A. A. Milne
Chapter - 5: from Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare
Chapter - 6: The Three Kings - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Chapter - 7: Dawn - Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Chapter - 8: Life - Charlotte Bronte
Chapter - 9: The Pulley - George Herbert
Chapter - 10: Letter to N. Y. - Elizabeth Bishop
Chapter - 11: Dust of Snow - Robert Frost
Chapter - 12: Occasional Poem - Jacqueline Woodson
Chapter - 13: The Midnight Skaters - Roger McGough
Chapter - 14: To Science - Edgar Allan Poe
Chapter - 15: from I Have a Dream - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Chapter - 16: The Burial of Sir John Moore - Charles Wolfe
Chapter - 17: from Elegy on Captain Cook - Anna Seward
Chapter - 18: January - William Carlos Williams
Chapter - 19: I'll Tell You How the Sun Rose - Emily Dickinson
Chapter - 20: Days - Philip Larkin
Chapter - 21: A Colossal Glossary - Paul Muldoon
Chapter - 22: Human Family - Maya Angelou
Chapter - 23: The Distance - Eleanor Farjeon
Chapter - 24: Friendship - Cole Porter
Chapter - 25: To a Mouse - Robert Burns
Chapter - 26: Ballad of the Totems - Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker)
Chapter - 27: First They Came for the Jews - Martin Niemoeller
Chapter - 28: Yonder See the Morning Blink - A. E. Housman
Chapter - 29: from Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
Chapter - 30: Rain - Spike Milligan
Chapter - 31: Peas - Anon.
Unit - 2: February
Chapter - 1: Days - Tony Mitton
Chapter - 2: from February - John Clare
Chapter - 3: A Giant Firefly - Kobayashi Issa
Chapter - 4: All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter - J. R. R. Tolkien
Chapter - 5: Spellbound - Emily Bronte
Chapter - 6: A Riddle - Jonathan Swift
Chapter - 7: A Winter Bluejay - Sara Teasdale
Chapter - 8: An Unusual Cat-Poem - Wendy Cope
Chapter - 9: It Was Long Ago - Eleanor Farjeon
Chapter - 10: Colouring In - Jan Dean
Chapter - 11: The Missile - Michael Leunig
Chapter - 12: Lift Every Voice and Sing - James Weldon Johnson
Chapter - 13: Shrove Tuesday - Celia Warren
Chapter - 14: Valentine - Wendy Cope
Chapter - 15: All You Need Is Love - John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Chapter - 16: Lettuce Marry - Anon.
Chapter - 17: It's No Use - Sappho
Chapter - 18: from The Great Lover - Rupert Brooke
Chapter - 19: Rainbow - John Agard
Chapter - 20: A Summing Up - Charles Mackay
Chapter - 21: I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail - Anon.
Chapter - 22: The Little Mute Boy - Federico Garcia Lorca
Chapter - 23: There Is No Frigate Like a Book - Emily Dickinson
Chapter - 24: She Was Poor, But She Was Honest - Billy Bennett
Chapter - 25: First Sight - Philip Larkin
Chapter - 26: The Poetry Grand National - Roger Stevens
Chapter - 27: Love's Philosophy - Percy Bysshe Shelley
Chapter - 28: In Tenebris - Ford Madox Ford
Chapter - 29: My Heart Leaps Up - William Wordsworth
Unit - 3: March
Chapter - 1: from Under Milk Wood - Dylan Thomas
Chapter - 2: The Bright Field - R. S. Thomas
Chapter - 3: Extinct - Mandy Coe
Chapter - 4: Holi - Chrissie Gittins
Chapter - 5: The River in March - Ted Hughes
Chapter - 6: Young Lambs - John Clare
Chapter - 7: To My Sister - William Wordsworth
Chapter - 8: Warning - Jenny Joseph
Chapter - 9: The Battle of the Sexes - Liz Brownlee
Chapter - 10: Remember - Christina Rossetti
Chapter - 11: Mothering Sunday - George Hare Leonard
Chapter - 12: Human Affection - Stevie Smith
Chapter - 13: Here Comes the Sun - George Harrison
Chapter - 14: Green Rain - Mary Webb
Chapter - 15: To Daffodils - Robert Herrick
Chapter - 16: Go and Catch a Falling Star - John Donne
Chapter - 17: Ich Am of Irlaunde - Anon.
Chapter - 18: Meeting at Night - Robert Browning
Chapter - 19: Historical Associations - Robert Louis Stevenson
Chapter - 20: A Morning Song - Eleanor Farjeon
Chapter - 21: Spring - Christina Rossetti
Chapter - 22: Spring - William Blake
Chapter - 23: Sonnet 98 - William Shakespeare
Chapter - 24: The Frog and the Nightingale - Vikram Seth
Chapter - 25: Today - Billy Collins
Chapter - 26: I Remember, I Remember - Thomas Hood
Chapter - 27: Ballad of the Bread Man - Charles Causley
Chapter - 28: I Watched a Blackbird - Thomas Hardy
Chapter - 29: Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry Now - A. E. Housman
Chapter - 30: The Cherry-Tree Carol - Anon.
Chapter - 31: Easter Day - Oscar Wilde
Unit - 4: April
Chapter - 1: April Fool - Louis MacNeice
Chapter - 2: The Walrus and the Carpenter - Lewis Carroll
Chapter - 3: The Jumblies - Edward Lear
Chapter - 4: Who Killed Cock Robin? - Anon.
Chapter - 5: First Word (After Helen Keller) - Rachel Rooney
Chapter - 6: The People of the Eastern Ice - Rudyard Kipling
Chapter - 7: from the Prologue to The Canterbury Tales - Geoffrey Chaucer
Chapter - 8: Home-Thoughts from Abroad - Robert Browning
Chapter - 9: The Ballad of Semmerwater - William Watson
Chapter - 10: Do Not Stand at my Grave and Weep - Mary Elizabeth Frye
Chapter - 11: In Time of `The Breaking of Nations' - Thomas Hardy
Chapter - 12: Dear Yuri - Brian Moses
Chapter - 13: The Song of Wandering Aengus - W. B. Yeats
Chapter - 14: The Woods and Banks - W. H. Davies
Chapter - 15: Ode to the Loss of the Titanic - Geoffrey Hill
Chapter - 16: Will Ye No Come Back Again? - Carolina Oliphant, Lady Nairne
Chapter - 17: from The Waste Land - T. S. Eliot
Chapter - 18: Waste Land Limericks - Wendy Cope
Chapter - 19: Concord Hymn - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Chapter - 20: I Had a Dove - John Keats
Chapter - 21: from The Old Vicarage, Grantchester - Rupert Brooke
Chapter - 22: The Woodspurge - Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Chapter - 23: from Richard II - William Shakespeare
Chapter - 24: Incident of the French Camp - Robert Browning
Chapter - 25: Robinson Crusoe's Wise Sayings - Ian McMillan
Chapter - 26: Into my Heart an Air that Kills - A. E. Housman
Chapter - 27: o by the by - E. E. Cummings
Chapter - 28: Desiderata - Max Ehrmann
Chapter - 29: Dancing with Life - Shauna Darling Robertson
Chapter - 30: Facing It - Yusef Komunyakaa
Unit - 5: May
Chapter - 1: Verses said to be written on the Union - Jonathan Swift
Chapter - 2: The Merry Month of May - Thomas Dekker
Chapter - 3: Tartary - Walter de la Mare
Chapter - 4: Back in the Playground Blues - Adrian Mitchell
Chapter - 5: The Song of the Banana Man - Evan Jones
Chapter - 6: Buckingham Palace - A. A. Milne
Chapter - 7: The Pobble Who Has No Toes - Edward Lear
Chapter - 8: Impromptu on Charles II - John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester
Chapter - 9: What the teacher said when asked: What er we avin for geography, Miss? - John Agard
Chapter - 10: For my Niece - Kate Tempest
Chapter - 11: from Doctor Faustus - Christopher Marlowe
Chapter - 12: On a Lane in Spring - John Clare
Chapter - 13: The Lanyard - Billy Collins
Chapter - 14: Rondeau - Leigh Hunt
Chapter - 15: from The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock - T. S. Eliot
Chapter - 16: Instructions - Neil Gaiman
Chapter - 17: A Handsome Young Fellow Called Frears - Michael Palin
Chapter - 18: Matilda: Who Told Lies, and was Burned to Death - Hilaire Belloc
Chapter - 19: Oranges and Lemons - Anon.
Chapter - 20: The Mouse's Tale - Lewis Carroll
Chapter - 21: Friends - Polly Clark
Chapter - 22: Today Is Very Boring - Jack Prelutsky
Chapter - 23: A Tragic Story - William Makepeace Thackeray
Chapter - 24: Buddha - Tony Mitton
Chapter - 25: from The Ballad of Reading Gaol - Oscar Wilde
Chapter - 26: Full Moon - Vita Sackville-West
Chapter - 27: God's Grandeur - Gerard Manley Hopkins
Chapter - 28: I Am - John Clare
Chapter - 29: from Everest Climbed - Ian Serraillier
Chapter - 30: Life Doesn't Frighten Me - Maya Angelou
Chapter - 31: The Man He Killed - Thomas Hardy
Unit - 6: June
Chapter - 1: from Greensleeves - Anon.
Chapter - 2: Bee! I'm Expecting You! - Emily Dickinson
Chapter - 3: from Childe Harold's Pilgrimage - George Gordon, Lord Byron
Chapter - 4: Coming - Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Chapter - 5: Balloons - Sylvia Plath
Chapter - 6: Song of the Dying Gunner AA1 - Charles Causley
Chapter - 7: The Throstle - Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Chapter - 8: A London Plane-Tree - Amy Levy
Chapter - 9: I Lost a World - the Other Day! - Emily Dickinson
Chapter - 10: My Shadow Robert - Louis Stevenson
Chapter - 11: The End - A. A. Milne
Chapter - 12: On Turning Ten - Billy Collins
Chapter - 13: The Pleasures of Friendship - Stevie Smith
Chapter - 14: The Battle of Naseby - Thomas Babington Macaulay
Chapter - 15: from Prayer Before Birth - Louis MacNeice
Chapter - 16: Ecce Puer - James Joyce
Chapter - 17: The Way Things Are - Roger McGough
Chapter - 18: from The Field of Waterloo - Sir Walter Scott
Chapter - 19: Father's Hands - Paul Cookson
Chapter - 20: Refugees - Brian Bilston
Chapter - 21: from A Midsummer Night's Dream - William Shakespeare
Chapter - 22: Recessional - Rudyard Kipling
Chapter - 23: The Land of the Bumbley Boo - Spike Milligan
Chapter - 24: The Fiddler of Dooney - W. B. Yeats
Chapter - 25: My Mother Saw a Dancing Bear - Charles Causley
Chapter - 26: The Naming Of Cats - T. S. Eliot
Chapter - 27: The Land of Blue - Laura Mucha
Chapter - 28: A Bird Came Down the Walk - Emily Dickinson
Chapter - 29: Originally - Carol Ann Duffy
Chapter - 30: Ulysses - Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Unit - 7: July
Chapter - 1: Remembered More for His Beard Now - Philip Ardagh
Chapter - 2: Amelia Earhart - Mandy Coe
Chapter - 3: Solitude - Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Chapter - 4: For You O Democracy - Walt Whitman
Chapter - 5: The Tables Turned - William Wordsworth
Chapter - 6: Rain in Summer - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Chapter - 7: Checking Out Me History - John Agard
Chapter - 8: Miracles - Walt Whitman
Chapter - 9: Travel - Edna St Vincent Millay
Chapter - 10: The Magic of the Mind - Clive Webster
Chapter - 11: The Duel - Eugene Field
Chapter - 12: Jerusalem (from Milton) - William Blake
Chapter - 13: The Argument of His Book - Robert Herrick
Chapter - 14: La Belle Dame Sans Merci - John Keats
Chapter - 15: Seven Times One: Exultation - Jean Ingelow
Chapter - 16: Particle Poems: 3 - Edwin Morgan
Chapter - 17: The School Boy - William Blake
Chapter - 18: To You - Langston Hughes
Chapter - 19: Harlem Hopscotch - Maya Angelou
Chapter - 20: Morning Song - Sara Teasdale
Chapter - 21: Little White Lily - George MacDonald
Chapter - 22: The Law of the Jungle - Rudyard Kipling
Chapter - 23: The Mermaid - Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Chapter - 24: The Merman - Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Chapter - 25: Annabel Lee - Edgar Allan Poe
Chapter - 26: Watching My Dog Sleep - Kate Tempest
Chapter - 27: from Psalm 137
Chapter - 28: `next to of course god america i' - E. E. Cummings
Chapter - 29: The Dug-Out - Siegfried Sassoon
Chapter - 30: Heat - H. D. (Hilda Doolittle)
Chapter - 31: A Flea and a Fly - Ogden Nash
Unit - 8: August
Chapter - 1: Casabianca - Felicia Hemans
Chapter - 2: Casabianca (A Parody) - Spike Milligan
Chapter - 3: On the Grasshopper and Cricket - John Keats
Chapter - 4: Minnie and Winnie - Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Chapter - 5: Meg Merrilies - John Keats
Chapter - 6: The Horses - Edwin Muir
Chapter - 7: The Meadow Mouse - Theodore Roethke
Chapter - 8: from A Song About Myself - John Keats
Chapter - 9: The Fairy School under the Loch - John Rice
Chapter - 10: I'd Love to Be a Fairy's Child - Robert Graves
Chapter - 11: Verses written to the Queen of England - Mary, Queen of Scots
Chapter - 12: Manly Sports - Marion Bernstein
Chapter - 13: Shakespeare at School - Wendy Cope
Chapter - 14: from Macbeth - William Shakespeare
Chapter - 15: from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Chapter - 16: Musee des Beaux Arts - W. H. Auden
Chapter - 17: My Last Duchess - Robert Browning
Chapter - 18: Don't Let That Horse - Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Chapter - 19: And Death Shall Have No Dominion - Dylan Thomas
Chapter - 20: How Many Seconds in a Minute? - Christina Rossetti
Chapter - 21: Say Not the Struggle Nought Availeth - Arthur Hugh Clough
Chapter - 22: Who Would True Valour See - John Bunyan
Chapter - 23: The Rainy Day - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Chapter - 24: So, We'll Go No More a-Roving - George Gordon, Lord Byron
Chapter - 25: The Splendour Falls on Castle Walls (from The Princess) - Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Chapter - 26: Fear No More the Heat o' the Sun - William Shakespeare
Chapter - 27: Trees - Mark Haddon
Chapter - 28: from The Task - William Cowper
Chapter - 29: No More Auction Block - Anon.
Chapter - 30: Blowin' in the Wind - Bob Dylan
Chapter - 30: Fly Away, Fly Away Over the Sea - Christina Rossetti
Unit - 9: September
Chapter - 1: Bomber's Moon - Mike Harding
Chapter - 2: But I Can't - W. H. Auden
Chapter - 3: This is the House That Jack Built - Anon.
Chapter - 4: Hornbeacon High - Sarah Crossan
Chapter - 5: Please Mrs Butler - Allan Ahlberg
Chapter - 6: Reading the Classics - Brian Patten
Chapter - 7: The Lesson - Edward Lucie-Smith
Chapter - 8: An Attempt at Unrhymed Verse - Wendy Cope
Chapter - 9: Take a Poem - James Carter
Chapter - 10: Pleasant Sounds - John Clare
Chapter - 11: The Right Word - Imtiaz Dharker
Chapter - 12: The Red Wheelbarrow - William Carlos Williams
Chapter - 13: Plums - Gillian Clarke
Chapter - 14: from Annus Mirabilis - John Dryden
Chapter - 15: The Mummy - Edwin Morgan
Chapter - 16: Old Ironsides - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Chapter - 17: Harriet Tubman - Eloise Greenfield
Chapter - 18: Joy - Hugo Williams
Chapter - 19: Prologue - Patience Agbabi
Chapter - 20: Ars Poetica - Archibald MacLeish
Chapter - 21: Shut Not Your Doors to Me, Proud Libraries - Walt Whitman
Chapter - 22: An Old Woman of the Roads - Padraic Colum
Chapter - 23: Digging - Edward Thomas
Chapter - 24: Autumn Fires - Robert Louis Stevenson
Chapter - 25: Something Told the Wild Geese - Rachel Field
Chapter - 26: Wild Geese - Mary Oliver
Chapter - 27: The Railway Children - Seamus Heaney
Chapter - 28: Barrier - Rachel Rooney
Chapter - 29: Autumn Rain - D. H. Lawrence
Chapter - 30: Thirty Days Hath September - Anon.
Chapter - 10: October
Chapter - 1: The Road Not Taken - Robert Frost
Chapter - 2: Moonlit Apples - John Drinkwater
Chapter - 3: Crab-Apples - Imtiaz Dharker
Chapter - 4: Santa Filomena - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Chapter - 5: Autumn - T. E. Hulme
Chapter - 6: from The Tyndale Bible
Chapter - 7: from 1777 - Amy Lowell
Chapter - 8: Thumbprint - Eve Merriam
Chapter - 9: Malala - Michaela Morgan
Chapter - 10: Give - Simon Armitage
Chapter - 11: Drummer Hodge - Thomas Hardy
Chapter - 12: Lament of an Arawak Child - Pamela Mordecai
Chapter - 13: The Wild Swans at Coole - W. B. Yeats
Chapter - 14: William the Conqueror, 1066 - Anon.
Chapter - 15: At Senlac Hill, 15 October 1066 - David Harmer
Chapter - 16: Not Only - Brian Patten
Chapter - 17: The Secret Song - Margaret Wise Brown
Chapter - 18: from Who Do You Think You Are? - Carl Sandburg
Chapter - 19: Digging - Seamus Heaney
Chapter - 20: Diary of a Church Mouse - John Betjeman
Chapter - 21: The Night at Trafalgar - Thomas Hardy
Chapter - 22: The Village Blacksmith - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Chapter - 23: A Country Boy Goes to School - George Mackay Brown
Chapter - 24: Owl Poem - John Hegley
Chapter - 25: from Henry V - William Shakespeare
Chapter - 26: Love After Love - Derek Walcott
Chapter - 27: Paper Boats - Rabindranath Tagore
Chapter - 28: Western Wind, When Wilt Thou Blow? - Anon.
Chapter - 29: Who Has Seen the Wind? - Christina Rossetti
Chapter - 30: In the Dark, Dark Wood - Anon.
Chapter - 31: from Hallowe'en - John Kendrick Bangs
Unit - 11: November
Chapter - 1: from The Devil's Thoughts - Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Chapter - 2: Television - Roald Dahl
Chapter - 3: The First Men on Mercury - Edwin Morgan
Chapter - 4: The Last Laugh - Wilfred Owen
Chapter - 5: Please to Remember - Walter de la Mare
Chapter - 6: November Night - Adelaide Crapsey
Chapter - 7: The Dead - Rupert Brooke
Chapter - 8: The Leader - Roger McGough
Chapter - 9: Here Dead We Lie - A. E. Housman
Chapter - 10: The African Lion - A. E. Housman
Chapter - 11: In Flanders Fields - John McCrae
Chapter - 12: Dreamers - Siegfried Sassoon
Chapter - 13: An Irish Airman Foresees his Death - W. B. Yeats
Chapter - 14: My First Day at School - Michaela Morgan
Chapter - 15: Sympathy - Paul Laurence Dunbar
Chapter - 16: from Epitaphs of the War - Rudyard Kipling
Chapter - 17: Written with a Diamond on her Window at Woodstock - Elizabeth I
Chapter - 18: Tell as a Marksman - were forgotten - Emily Dickinson
Chapter - 19: Abraham Lincoln - Abraham Lincoln
Chapter - 20: from The Prophet - Kahlil Gibran
Chapter - 21: In Memoriam - E. A. Mackintosh
Chapter - 22: Disabled - Wilfred Owen
Chapter - 23: Signs of the Times - Paul Laurence Dunbar
Chapter - 24: Prayer for Earth - Myra Cohn Livingston
Chapter - 25: Benediction - James Berry
Chapter - 26: Immigrant - Fleur Adcock
Chapter - 27: Nuns Fret Not at their Convent's Narrow Room - William Wordsworth
Chapter - 28: Sonnet 116 - William Shakespeare
Chapter - 29: Sports Report - Gareth Owen
Chapter - 30: Sing me a Song of a Lad that is Gone - Robert Louis Stevenson
Unit - 12: December
Chapter - 1: Rosa Parks - 1st December 1955 - Joseph Coelho
Chapter - 2: Napoleon - Miroslav Holub
Chapter - 3: The Raven - Edgar Allan Poe
Chapter - 4: The Witch - Mary Elizabeth Coleridge
Chapter - 5: Mary Celeste - Judith Nicholls
Chapter - 6: On Raglan Road - Patrick Kavanagh
Chapter - 7: The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner - Randall Jarrell
Chapter - 8: Embarkation, 1942 - John Jarmain
Chapter - 9: Some Questions You Might Ask - Mary Oliver
Chapter - 10: Refugee Blues - W. H. Auden
Chapter - 11: Don't Quit - John Greenleaf Whittier
Chapter - 12: The Bells - Edgar Allan Poe
Chapter - 13: The Oxen - Thomas Hardy
Chapter - 14: Antarctica - Derek Mahon
Chapter - 15: little tree - E. E. Cummings
Chapter - 16: Forecasts - Jean Kenward
Chapter - 17: Christmas is Coming - Anon.
Chapter - 18: The Computer's First Christmas Card - Edwin Morgan
Chapter - 19: O Little Town of Bethlehem - Phillips Brooks
Chapter - 20: Winter-Time - Robert Louis Stevenson
Chapter - 21: Puzzle - Philip Waddell
Chapter - 22: The Year's Midnight - Gillian Clarke
Chapter - 23: Just Doing My Job - Clare Bevan
Chapter - 24: Saturday Night at the Bethlehem Arms - Gareth Owen
Chapter - 25: I Saw a Stable - Mary Elizabeth Coleridge
Chapter - 26: Reindeer Report - U. A. Fanthorpe
Chapter - 27: Dear True Love - U. A. Fanthorpe
Chapter - 28: from Paradise Lost - John Milton
Chapter - 29: The Year - Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Chapter - 30: from The Tempest - William Shakespeare
Chapter - 31: Ring Out, Wild Bells (from In Memoriam) - Alfred, Lord Tennyson


Index - ii: Index of First Lines
Index - iii: Index of Poets and Translators
Acknowledgements - iv: Acknowledgements
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[A] splendid new compendium... There is material for all ages. * The Herald * These poems are funny, thoughtful, inspiring, humbling, informative, quiet, loud, small, epic, peaceful, energetic, upbeat, motivating, and empowering!... It will prove a valuable resource for teachers, and a comprehensive anthology for home libraries. * Parents in Touch * If you haven't picked up a volume of poetry since school, this is the perfect place to start. * The Pool * Allie Esiri's A Poem for Every Day of the Year has 366 great poems, whether a funny one for April Fool's Day, a festive one for Christmas or a moving one for World Refugee Day. It also teaches you about important events through the year. * The Week Junior * Perfect for reading aloud and sharing with all the family. * Guardian * Not only is it a thing of beauty, it also offers an accessible, informative, bitesize approach to poetry. * Daily Mail * For the whole family but especially eight-plus readers, A Poem for Every Day of the Year... gorgeously presented and intelligently selected. * New Statesman * A Poem for Every Day does exactly what this sort of book should do and rallies the old crowd-pleasers (Housman, Kipling and Hardy make multiple appearances), then makes occasional dashes off the beaten path to take in things such as Imtiaz Dharker's lovely poem Crab-Apples and even one poem by that gruff bastion of inaccessibility Geoffrey Hill (Ode on the Loss of the Titanic). If you feel as though your life is lacking a bit of poetry, this is an excellent place to start. * Best Poetry Books of 2017, The Times *
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About Allie Esiri

Allie Esiri, described in a Tatler profile as 'a poetry powerhouse', is a former English stage, film, and television actress, now a writer. Her iF Poems app was launched to great acclaim in November 2011 and was the Apple Editors' Choice All Time Favourite app. iF: A Treasury of Poems for Almost Every Possibility was published in 2012 and The Love Book in 2014. Her collection A Poem for Every Night of the Year was a phenomenal success with rave reviews and her next collection A Poem for Every Day of the Year is just as thoughtful and inspiring. Allie also organizes and hosts live poetry events and is on the advisory board for the Cheltenham Festival. A thousand people attended her event at the National Theatre!

Zanna Goldhawk creates her illustrations from her seaside cottage in Cornwall. She takes huge inspiration from nature and animals, and has a mild obsession with colour and pattern (and coffee). Zanna studied illustration at the University of Gloucestershire, where she started her illustrated gifts and stationery business Papio Press with her husband. Now she splits her time between designing beautiful products and illustrating gorgeous books.
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