‘Daydreams and Jellybeans: Poems to Read Aloud,’ by Alex Wharton, illustrated by Katy Riddell.

I’m always keen to highlight new poetry titles for families & schools to add to their collections as I find it can be a rather overlooked area of the curriculum. There is no excuse for this when such wonderfully observed collections such as ‘Daydreams and Jellybeans’ exist and are just begging to be read aloud and enjoyed!

From forgotten jellybeans to sparking daydreams, Alex’s poems, written for primary school age children, are both funny and thoughtful, and aim to spark familiarity and inclusion. And the illustrations from Katy Riddell will focus on the fun and dreamlike quality of the poems’ engagement with the natural world. These poems use rhyme, rhythm and free verse and are ideally suited to performance in a school setting, nurturing a love of language, reading, confidence and self-expression.

Alex Wharton is a writer and performer of poetry for both adults and children. He has published many poems in The Caterpillar, Wales Haiku Journal, Hedgerow and I am not a Silent Poet. Alex has recently collaborated with The Reading Realm, where five of his children’s poems feature on the iTunes educational application. He has compered literature events and facilitated workshops for adults whilst regularly visiting schools to perform and create poetry with the children.

Grab yourself a copy now from the Firefly Press website!

Library Girl.

*Many thanks to Firefly Press for sending me a proof copy to enjoy*

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