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The Signal Poetry Award Booklists

The information on this page refers to books mentioned or discussed in the Poetry Award articles of the respective issues of Signal. We hope that they will provide a useful resource for teaching and research of children's poetry.

The final Signal Poetry Award was made in May 2001; an article reflecting upon the award’s twenty-three years will be included in Signal 100, a bumper volume combining the three issues for 2003, to be published August 2003.

 

 

The Signal Poetry Award Booklist 1997

Articles by Brian Morse & Michael Glover in Signal 83, May 1997.

1996 Poetry Books Discussed

John Agard, We Animals Would Like a Word with You, illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura, 64 pages, Bodley Head, £9.99

John Agard, compiler, Why is the Sky?, illustrated by Andrzej Klimowski,101 pages, Faber, £8.99

Sandy Brownjohn, Both Sides of the Cat Flap, illustrated by Liz Pichon, 96 pages, Hodder paperback original, £3.50

Charles Causley, Collected Poems for Children, illustrated by John Lawrence, 400 pages, Macmillan Children's Books, £15.99

Gillian Clarke, compiler, The Whispering Room: Haunted Poems, illustrated by Justin Todd, 72 pages, Kingfisher, £9.99

Jennifer Curry, compiler, A Noisy Noise Annoys, illustrated by Susie Jenkin-Pearce, 80 pages, simultaneous Bodley Head/Red Fox, £9.99 / £3.50

Carol Ann Duffy, editor, Stopping for Death, illustrated by Trisha Rafferty, 134 pages, Viking, £8.99

John Foster, compiler, Crack Another Yoke and Other Word Play Poems, illustrated by Clare Hemstock, 96 pages, Oxford University Press, simultaneous hardback & paperback, £7.99 / £3.99

John Foster, compiler, An Orange Poetry Paintbox, A Purple Poetry Paintbox, various illustrators, 64 pages each, Oxford University Press, simultaneous hardback & paperback, £6.99 / £3.99

Dick King-Smith, Dirty Gertie Mackintosh, illustrated by Ros Asquith, 64 pages, Doubleday £9.99

John Mole, Hot Air, illustrated by Peter Bailey, 64 pages, Hodder paperback original, £3.50

Iona Opie, editor, My Very First Mother Goose, illustrated by Rosemary Wells, 108 pages, Walker, £14.99

Neil Philip, editor, The New Oxford Book of Children's Verse, 371 pages, Oxford University Press, £17.99

Chris Powling & Morag Styles, editors, A Guide to Poetry 0-13, 52 pages, Books for Keeps and the Reading and Language Information Centre, Reading, £5.50

Irene Rawnsley, Hiding Out, 56 pages, Smith/Doorstep, £4.95

Michael Rosen, compiler, Poems for the Very Young, illustrated by Bob Graham, 80 pages, Kingfisher paperback, £6.99

Alice Taylor, compiler, A Child's Book Irish Rhymes, illustrated by Nicola Emoe, 48 pages, Barefoot Books, £9.99

Fiona Waters, editor, The Poetry Book, illustrated by Caroline Crossland, 280 pages, Orion Children's books, £12.99

Benjamin Zephaniah, Funky Chickens, illustrated by the Point, 96 pages, Viking, £9.99

 

1996 Paperbacks of Titles Discussed in Earlier Award Articles

 

John Agard & Grace Nichols, editors, A Caribbean Dozen: Poems from Caribbean Poets, illustrated by Cathie Felstead, 96 pages, Walker paperback, £8.99

Michael Bird, editor, The Grasshopper Laughs: A Faber Book of First Verse, illustrated by Andrew Stooke, 121 pages, Faber paperback, £4.99

Quentin Blake, compiler/illustrator, The Puffin Book of Nonsense Verse (first published by Viking as The Quentin Blake Book of Nonsense Verse), 288 pages, Puffin, £5.99

Charles Causley, Going to the Fair: Selected Poems for Children, illustrated by Lianne Payne, 111 pages, Puffin, £4.99

Anne Harvey editor, Criminal Records, illustrated by Peter Viccars, 176 pages, Puffin, £5.99

Jackie Kay, Three Has Gone, illustrated by Jody Winger, 79 pages, Puffin, £3.99

Adrian Mitchell, compiler, The Orchard Book of Poems, illustrated by Chloe Cheese, 288 pages, Orchard paperback, £9.99

Paul Muldoon, The Last Thesaurus, illustrated by Rodney Rigby 48 pages, Faber paperback, £3.99

Grace Nichols, editor, Can I Buy a Slice of Sky?: Poems from Black, Asian and American Indian Cultures, illustrated by Liz Thomas, 160 pages, Hodder paperback, £3.99

Judith Nicholls, compiler, Otherworlds: Poems of the Mysterious, illustrated by Shirley Felts, 136 pages, Faber paperback, £4.99

Robert Louis Stevenson, A Child's Garden of Verses, illustrated by Michael Foreman, 128 pages, Gollancz paperbound, £6.99

Matthew, Sweeney, Fatso in the Red Suit, illustrated by David Austen, 32 pages, Faber paperback, £3.99

 

 

The Signal Poetry Award Booklist 1998

Articles by Bob Barton & Lissa Paul in Signal 86, May 1998.

 

1997 Poetry Books Discussed

Myra Barrs & Michael Rosen, editors, A Year with Poetry: Teachers write about Teaching Poetry, 88 pages, Centre for Language in Primary Education, £11 

James Berry, Playing a Dazzler, 96 pages, Puffin £4.99 paperback 

Charles Causley, Selected Poems for Children, illustrated by John Lawrence, 136 pages, Macmillan, £5.99 paperback 

Richard Edwards, Teaching the Parrot, illustrated by John Lawrence, 80 pages, Faber & Faber, £3.99 paperback 

Seamus Heaney & Ted Hughes, editors, The School Bag, 590 pages, Faber & Faber, £12.99 paperback 

Russell Hoban, The Last of the Wallendas and Other Poems, illustrated by Patrick Benson, 80 pages, Hodder Children's Books, £10.99 

Robert Hull, Stargrazer, illustrated by Peter Bailey, 128 pages, Hodder Children's Books, £3.50 paperback 

Elizabeth Jennings, A Spell of Words: Selected Poems for Children, 116 pages, Macmillan, £9.99 

Mairwen Jones & John Spink, editors, Say That Again, illustrated by Suzanne Carpenter, 96 pages, Pont Books, £4.95 paperback 

Roger McGough, Bad, Bad Cats, illustrated by Lydia Monks, 102 pages, Viking, £9.99; Puffin £3.99 paperback 

Roger McGough, editor, The Kingfisher Book of Poems about Love, illustrated by Chloe Cheese, 224 pages, Kingfisher, £12.99 

Colin McNaughton, illustrator, Another Day on Your Foot and I Would Have Died: Poems by John Agard, Wendy Cope, Roger McGough, Adrian Mitchell & Brian Patten, 124 pages, Macmillan, £3.99 paperback 

Colin McNaughton, illustrator, We Couldn't Provide Fish Thumbs: Poems by James Berry, Judith Nicholls, Grace Nichols, Vernon Scannell, Matthew Sweeney, 124 pages, Macmillan, £8.99 

Paul Muldoon, The Noctuary of Narcissus Batt, illustrated by Markéta Prachatická, 48 pages, Faber & Faber, £8.99 

George Szirtes, The Red-All-Over Riddle Book, illustrated by Andrew Stooke, 64 pages, Faber & Faber, £8.99

 

Other Books Mentioned

Chris Baldick, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms, Oxford University Press, 1996 

Charles Causley, Early in the Morning, illustrated by Michael Foreman, Viking Kestrel, 1986 

John Cotton, U.A. Fanthorpe, L A Anderson, The Crystal Zoo, Oxford University Press, 1985 

Seamus Heaney, The Redress of Poetry, Faber & Faber, 1995 

Seamus Heaney & Ted Hughes, editors, The Rattle Bag, Faber & Faber, 1982 

Russell Hoban, La Corona and The Tin Frog, illustrated by Nicola Bayley, Jonathan Cape, 1979 

Ted Hughes, Poetry in The Making, Faber & Faber, 1967 

Ted Hughes, Winter Pollen: Occasional Prose, Faber & Faber, 1994 

Philip Larkin, The Whitsun Weddings, Faber & Faber, 1964 

Roger McGough, Sky in the Pie, Viking, 1983 

Neil Philip, editor, A New Treasury of Poetry, Blackie, 1990

 

The Signal Poetry Award Booklist 1999

Article by Margaret Meek & Heather Kay in Signal 89, May 1999.

 

1998 Poetry Books Discussed & Other Books Mentioned

Allan Ahlberg, Mockingbird, illustrated by Paul Howard, 24 pages, Walker, £9.99

Allan Ahlberg, Monkey Do!, illustrated by André Amstutz, 32 pages, Walker, £10.99

Jill Bennett, selector, A Cup of Starshine: poems and pictures for young children (1991), illustrated by Graham Percy, 64 pages, Walker paperback reprint, £6.99

Ruth Brown, Mad Summer Night's Dream, illustrated by the author, 24 pages, Andersen, £9.99

Philippa-Alys Browne, Elephants & Emus and Other Animal Rhymes (1997), illustrated by the compiler, 32 pages, Barefoot paperback reprint, £4.99

Faustin Charles, Once Upon An Animal, illustrated by Jill Newton, 64 pages, Bloomsbury paperback original, £3.99

Alison Green, editor, The Macmillan Treasury of Nursery Rhymes and Poems, illustrated by Anna Currey, 375 pages, Macmillan, £17.50

Adrian Henri, Robocat, illustrated by Wendy Smith, 64 pages, Bloomsbury paperback original, £3.99

Adrian Henri, The World's Your Lobster: The Very Best Collected Poems, 64 pages, Bloomsbury paperback original, £3.99

Judy Hindley, A Song of Colours, illustrated by Mike Bostock, 24 pages, Walker, £9.99

Elizabeth Jennings, A Spell of Words: Selected Poems for Children (1997), 116 pages, Macmillan paperback reprint, £4.99

Jackie Kay, The Frog Who Dreamed She Was an Opera Singer, illustrated by Sue Williams, 64 pages, Bloomsbury paperback original, £3.99 Signal Poetry Award Winner

Reeve Lindbergh, The Circle of Days, illustrated by Cathie Felstead, 28 pages, Walker, £9.99

Roger McGough, editor, The Ring of Words, illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura, 232 pages, Faber & Faber, £14.99 Signal Poetry Award: Highly Commended

Colin McNaughton, Merry Christmas: A Book of Christmas Verse and Pictures (1988), 28 pages, Walker paperback reprint, £4.99

Gaby Morgan, editor, Read Me: A Poem a Day for the National Year of Reading, 489 pages, Macmillan, £12.99

Paul Muldoon, The Noctuary of Narcissus Batt (1997), illustrated by Markéta Prachatickâ, 48 pages, Faber paperback reprint, £3.99

Julie O'Callaghan, Two Barks, illustrated by Martin Fish, 63 pages, Bloodaxe, £6.95

Brian Patten, editor, The Puffin Book of Utterly Brilliant Poetry, various illustrators, 144 pages, Puffin, £12.99

Sarah Pooley, selector, A Day of Rhymes (Bodley Head, 1987; Red Fox, 1990), illustrated by the selector, Tellastory Book and Tape, boxed, Random House Children's Books, £5.99

Michael Rosen, selector, Classic Poetry: An Illustrated Collection, illustrated by Paul Howard, 160 pages, Walker, £14.99

Alison Sage, editor, The Hutchinson Treasury of Children's Poetry, various illustrators, 320 pages, Hutchinson, £19.95

George Szirtes, The Red-All-Over Riddle Book (1997), illustrated by Andrew Stooke, 64 pages, Faber paperback reprint, £3.99

Morag Styles, From the Garden to the Street: An introduction to 300 years of poetry for children. 304 pages. 0 304 3324 0 (hardback); 0 304 33222 4 (paperback). Cassell, £35; £15.99

Alice Taylor, compiler, A Child's Treasury of Irish Rhymes (1996), illustrated by Nicola Emoe, 48 pages, Barefoot Books paperback reprint, £4.99

Fiona Waters, selector, The Bloomsbury Book of Christmas Poems, illustrated by Tom Saecker, 95 pages, Bloomsbury, £9.99

Fiona Waters, compiler, Dark as a Midnight Dream: Poetry Collection 2, variously illustrated, 286 pages, Evans, £14.99

Fiona Waters, compiler, Footprints On The Page: Poetry Collection 1, variously illustrated, 158 pages, Evans, £12.99

Fiona Waters, editor, The Poetry Book (1996), illustrated by Caroline Crossland, 280 pages, Dolphin (Orion) paperback reprint, £5.99

We Couldn't Provide Fish Thumbs (1997), poems by James Berry, Judith Nicholls, Grace Nichols, Vernon Scannell, Matthew Sweeney, illustrated by Colin McNaughton, 124 pages, Macmillan paperback reprint, £3.99

Jeanne Willis, The Wind in the Wallows, illustrated by Tony Ross, 28 pages, Andersen, £6.99

 

The Signal Poetry Award Booklist 2000

Article by Peter Hollindale & Sophie Hannah in Signal 92,May 2000.

 

1999 Poetry Books Discussed & Other Books Mentioned

Jill Bennett, editor, Green Poems, various illustrators, 64 pages, Oxford University Press, £4.99

Gillian Clarke, The Animal Wall and other poems, illustrated by Karen Pearce, 60 pages, Pont Books, £6.95

June Crebbin, editor, The Puffin Book of Fantastic First Poems, various illustrators, 110 pages, Puffin Books, £12.99

Gina Douthwaite, Picture a Poem: a book of shape poems (1994), 78 pages, Red Fox, £4.99

Carol Ann Duffy, Meeting Midnight, illustrated by Eileen Cooper, 64 pages, Faber & Faber, £3.99

Eleanor Farjeon, Blackbird Has Spoken, edited by Anne Harvey, 148 pages, Macmillan Children's Books, £9.99

Michael Harrison & Christopher Stuart-Clark, editors, One Hundred Years of Poetry for Children, various illustrators, 192 pages, Oxford University Press, £12.99

Michael Harrison & Christopher Stuart-Clark, editors, The Oxford Treasury of Christmas Poems, various illustrators, 96 pages, Oxford University Press, £14.99

Ted Hughes, The Mermaid's Purse, illustrated by Flora McDonnell, 60 pages, Faber & Faber, £9.99 hardback; £4.99 paperback

Simon James, editor, Days Like This: a collection of small poems, illustrated by the editor, 45 pages, Walker, £10.99

Peter Kavanagh, The Magic Forest, illustrated by the author, 32 pages, Scholastic, £9.99

Adrian Mitchell, editor, Dancing in the Street: A Poetry Party, illustrated by Tony Ross, 192 pages, Orchard, £12.99

Tony Mitton, Plum, illustrated by Peter Bailey, 128 pages, Scholastic, £4.99

John Mole, The Dummy's Dilemma and Other Poems, illustrated by Mary Norman, 75 pages, Hodder, £3.99

Gaby Morgan, editor, Read Me 2: A Poem for Every Day of the Year, 490 pages, Macmillan, £4.99.

Brian Patten, The Blue & Green Ark: An Alphabet for Planet Earth, various illustrators, 60 pages, Scholastic, £12.99

Brian Patten, editor, The Puffin Twentieth-Century Collection of Verse, various illustrators, 181 pages, Viking, £12.99

Joan Poulson, Pictures in my Mind, illustrated by David Roberts, 125 pages, Macdonald Young Books, £4.99

Christopher Reid, All Sorts, illustrated by Sara Fanelli, 64 pages, Ondt & Gracehoper (161 York Way, London N7 9LN), £7.50 post free, direct from the publisher. Signal Award Winner.

Stevie Smith, Our Bog is Dood: Selected Poems for young readers, 56 pages, Faber & Faber, £4.99

Russell Stannard, editor, Space,Time, Rhythm and Rhyme, illustrated by John Levers, 86 pages, Faber & Faber, £4.99

Heather Neill, editor, The TES Book of Young Poets, illustrated by Andrew Moss, 64 pages, Times Supplements Limited, £9.99

Nicholas Tulloch, A-Haunting We Will Go and other spooky rhymes, illustrated by Chris Mould, 64 pages, Oxford University Press, £3.99

Steve Turner, Dad, You're Not Funny, illustrated by David Mostyn, 96 pages, Lion, £8.99

Fiona Waters, editor, Cat in the Dark: A Flurry of Feline Verse, illustrated by Sophy Williams, Frances Lincoln, £10.99

Fiona Waters, editor, Golden Apples (1985), illustrated by Alan Marks, 118 pages, Macmillan, £3.99

Fiona Waters, editor, Time for a Rhyme, illustrated by Ailie Busby, 256 pages, Orion, £20

1999 paperbacks of titles discussed in earlier Signal Award articles

Berlie Doherty, Walking on Air (1993), illustrated by Kevin Kimber, 82 pages, Hodder, £3.99

Roger McGough, editor, The Kingfisher Book of Poems about Love (1997), illustrated by Chloe Cheese, 224 pages, Kingfisher, £5.99

Roger McGough, editor, The Ring of Words (1998), illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura, 232 pages, Faber & Faber, £8.99

 

The Signal Poetry Award Booklist 2001

Article by Peter Hollindale & Margaret Meek in Signal 95,May 2001.

 

2000 Poetry Books Discussed & Other Books Mentioned

John Agard, Points of View with Professor Peekaboo, illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura, 60 pages, Bodley Head, £9.99

John Agard, editor, Hello New!, illustrated by Lydia Monks, 128 pages, Orchard Books, £9.99

Clare Beaton, illustrator, Mother Goose Remembers, 64 pages, Barefoot Books, £12.99

Valerie Bloom, Let Me Touch the Sky: Selected Poems for Children, illustrations uncredited, 90 pages, Macmillan, £9.99

Valerie Bloom, The World is Sweet, illustrated Debbie Lush, 90 pages, Bloomsbury, £6.99

Charles Causley, Collected Poems for Children (1996), illustrated by John Lawrence, 400 pages, Macmillan paperback reprint, £9.99

Faustin Charles, Teacher Alligator, illustrated by David Wojtowycz, 64 pages, Bloomsbury, £3.99

Carol Ann Duffy, The Oldest Girl in the World, illustrated by Markéta Prachatická, 83 pages, Faber & Faber, £4.99 Signal Award Winner

Eleanor Farjeon, Blackbird Has Spoken (1999), selected by Anne Harvey, 144 pages, Macmillan paperback reprint, £4.99

Five Finger-Piglets, poems by Carol Ann Duffy, Jackie Kay, Roger McGough, Gareth Owen, Brian Patten, illustrated by Peter Bailey, 112 pages, Macmillan, £4.99

Anne Harvey, editor, The Naughtiest Children I Know, illustrated by Harry Horse, 208 pages, Red Fox, £5.99

Stewart Henderson, Who Left Grandad at the Chip Shop?, illustrated by Nigel Baines, 96 pages, Lion Children's Books, £8.99

Jenny Joseph, All the Things I See: Selected Poems for Children, 85 pages, Macmillan, £9.99

Lindsay MacRae, How to Avoid Kissing Your Parents in Public, illustrated by Steven Appleby, 88 pages, Puffin, £3.99

Wes Magee, Boneyard Rap and other Poems, illustrated by Keith Brumpton, 48 pages, Hodder Wayland, £4.50

Tony Mitton, The Red and White Spotted Handkerchief, illustrated by Peter Bailey, 154 pages, Scholastic, £9.99

Grace Nichols, The Poet Cat, illustrated by Bee Willey, 64 pages, Blooomsbury, £6.99

Iona & Peter Opie, editors, I Saw Esau: The Schoolchild's Pocket Book (1992), illustrated by Maurice Sendak, 160 pages, Walker paperback reprint, £7.99

Gareth Owen, Collected Poems for Children, 244 pages, Macmillan, £10.99

Brian Patten, Juggling with Gerbils, illustrated by Chris Riddell, 118 pages, Puffin, £3.99

Andrew Fusek Peters, compiler, The Unidentified Frying Omelette, illustrated by Chris Mould, 48 pages, Hodder Wayland, £4.50

Andrew Fusek Peters & Polly Peters, Poems with Attitude, 96 pages, Hodder Wayland, £9.99

Alan Raymond, author-illustrator, Sir Silas Sorrocks: The Wondrous Adventures Of A Medieval Shrew, 32 pages, Dragonfly Publications, £6.00

Michael Rosen, Centrally Heated Knickers, illustrated by Harry Horse, 150 pages, Puffin, £4.99

Michael Rosen, Even More Nonsense, illustrated by Clare Mackie, 32 pages, Hodder Wayland, £10.99

Michael Rosen, Hard-boiled Legs (1987), Smelly Jelly Smelly Fish (1986), Spollyolly-diddlytiddlyitis (1987), Under the Bed (1986), each illustrated by Quentin Blake, 24 pages, Walker paperback reprint, £4.50 each

Lemn Sissay, The Emperor's Watchmaker, illustrated by Gail Newey, 64 pages, Bloomsbury, £3.99

Véronique Tadjo, editor, Talking Drums, illustrated by the editor, 96 pages, A&C Black, £9.99

Fiona Waters, compiler, The Bloomsbury Book of Mother and Daughter Poems, illustrated by Christopher Corr, 96 pages, Bloomsbury, £9.99

Benjamin Zephaniah, Wicked World!, illustrated by Sarah Symonds, 90 pages, Puffin, £4.99

 

 

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