Writer in Residence: Michael Rosen

Every six months, BookTrust appoints a new Writer or Illustrator in Residence to write blogs, run competitions and give us their own unique perspective on the world of children's books.

Our current Writer in Residence is Michael Rosen. Michael's focus during this residency is to promote the importance of reading and rhyming with children in their early years.

Michael Rosen is one of Britain’s best loved writers and performance poets for children and adults. His first degree in English Literature and Language was from Wadham College, Oxford and he went on to study for an MA at the University of Reading and a PhD at the former University of North London, now London Metropolitan. He is currently Professor of Children’s Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London where he co-devised and teaches critical approaches to reading on an MA in Children’s Literature, having done the same at Birkbeck, University of London. He has taught on MA courses in universities since 1994. He was the Children’s Laureate from 2007-2009 and has published over 200 books for children and adults, including the recent bestseller Many Different Kinds of Love and On The Move.

Michael is a long-standing champion for children’s reading and for many years he took his one-man show to schools across the country to enthuse children with his passion for books and poetry. Over the years, he has been involved in countless public campaigns to promote reading. In 2007, in the role of Waterstones Children’s Laureate, he developed the Perform-a-Poem website in association with the London Grid for Learning.

Speaking about being appointed as BookTrust's Writer in Residence, Michael says:

'I am really looking forward to being resident at BookTrust. We know that helping children start life playing with words, poems and songs is the perfect way to become a confident speaker and writer. Under-fives soak up language and we can help make that happen by sharing books with them. I want to do all I can to offer some ideas and inspiration to help carers, teachers and anyone who works with under-fives.'

Watch Michael Rosen's virtual author visits

On 15 June, Michael hosted two exciting live streams to share some of his best work, first for reception age children and then for Key Stage 1 children. You can catch up on them both below:

Features from our Writer in Residence


Books by Michael Rosen

Explore our booklists of Michael Rosen's poems and stories for all ages.

Michael Rosen books for 0-5s

Our Writer in Residence and former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen's best books for little ones aged 0 to 5 - we highly recommend reading his brilliant poems aloud together for lots of fun!

Michael Rosen books for 6-8s

Our Writer in Residence and former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen's best books for children aged 6-8 - from perfect bedtime stories for snuggling up with to fun rhymes for children growing more confident in reading aloud.

Michael Rosen books for 9-11s

Our Writer in Residence and former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen's best books for children aged 9-11, tackling more complex topics and asking the big questions.

Previous Writers in Residence

Previous writers to take up the post include Matt Haig, Laura Dockrill, Cressida Cowell, Chris Riddell and Patrick Ness – see what fun things they all got up to during their time in residence.

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