Poetry Book for Children on the Topic of the Monarchy of the United Kingdom

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Which ruthless Queen enjoyed toasting people to a crisp? Whose reign lasted only nine days and which King trained his pet monkey to give rude gestures?

‘The Head That Wears a Crown: Poems About Kings and Queens’ (published 2019), is an illustrated anthology for children, aged eight plus. Published by the award winning Emma Press, the selected poems are written in a variety of poetic styles, with dramatic and often humourous interpretations, rather than factually precise accounts about the monarchy. Edited by Rachel Piercey and Emma Dai’an Wright, the anthology includes poems by:

Aileen Ballantyne, Meghan Ballard, Melanie Branton, Carole Bromley,
Jane Burn, John Canfield, Mary Anne Clark, Rebecca Colby,
Shauna Darling Robertson, Dharmavadana, Julie Anne Douglas,
Matthew Haigh, Jack Houston, Kirsten Irving,
Anna Kisby,
David McKelvie, Emma Rose Millar, Fiona Mills, Brian Moses,
Laura Mucha, Alan Murphy, Rachael M Nicholas, Richard O’Brien,
Suzanne Olivante, Catherine Olver, Kate O’Neil,
John H Rice,
Catherine Rockwood, Toby Sligo, Jennifer Watson,
Jeremy Wikeley,
Kate Wise, Elli Woollard and Ros Woolner.

Peppered throughout the book, you will find educational facts relating to members of the British, Scottish and Irish monarchy. The anthology also includes an interview with historian Dr Kate Wise and guidance from editor Rachel Piercey, on how to write your own poem. The gorgeous crown illustration on the front cover, shines with gold leaf foiling. The large print and wide page format all add to the attraction factor for children.

As you travel back in time, over 2000 years, you can learn the Muddy Marching Song or The Song of the Spider, read old letters and Queen Victoria’s Tweets.
Adults will doubtless enjoy reading the poems aloud to children, (adding the voices of course) and together, discovering the quirky and fascinating Kings and Queens of long ago.

You can order the book direct from The Emma Press
your local independent book store, or online book stores.

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Sharing a poem for International Space Day – ‘The Hungry Galactic Plughole’

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Above  – Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech


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The Hungry Galactic Plug Hole

star swallower
gas guzzler
gulping garbage feeder

matter muncher
dust digester
cosmic vacuum cleaner

yawning glutton
belly button
centre of the spiral

super suction
dark destruction
great galactic gyral

beyond control
it swallows whole
you can’t resist the tug

black hungry hole
the light it stole
please, someone, find the plug

© Suzanne Olivante  2016 All Rights Reserved
Published in ‘Watcher of the Skies: Poems About Space and Aliens’  (The Emma Press 2016)
An anthology of facts and poetry for children. Approximate reading age: for reading aloud to children aged 6+; for children aged 8+ to read on their own

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