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Christmas Poetry

Poems for Christmas
Compiled by Jill Bennett, illustrated by Ian Beck
This selection of sixteen poems looks at the nativity story, winter weather and the excitement of presents. Illustrated throughout in full colour, Ian Beck's pictures add child appeal and combine well with the words to give the book a timeless quality that won't date.
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Twelve Days of Christmas
Bright collage pictures illustrate this version of the traditional carol, making it into a delightful Christmas counting book. Some of the images are unusual - the ten pipers are Indian snake charmers, the nine drummers beat African drums and four of the five rings are round the legs of an elephant. For added value, there is a CD of the carol tucked in the back cover.
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All for the Newborn Baby
by Phyllis Root, illustrated by Nicola Bayley
This lullaby for the baby Jesus is inspired by a range of Christmas miracle stories from around the world . The beautiful illustrations are full of rich colour and exquisite detail which combine with the poem to produce a book to treasure. A delightful gift for art lovers of all ages.
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The Young Oxford Book of Christmas Poems
edited by Michael Harrison and Christopher Stuart-Clark
(Oxford University Press)
This brand new anthology puts the emphasis on modern poems so there are only a few traditional favourites here. This minimises the overlap with other anthologies and makes it a good choice for older children, teachers and other poetry lovers who want a fresh slant on the Christmas season.
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Click for Writing for ChildrenChristmas Poems
collected by Jill Bennett
(Oxford University Press)
The illustrations in this bright, cheerful paperback are so appealing that you have to pick it up to have a look. The poems are short and many have easily remembered lines which children rapidly join in with (the one about the cat is particularly funny). Suitable from 5 upwards, many children will be able to read this alone after they have heard it once but reluctant readers will probably prefer to explore it with a friend or adult. Thoroughly recommended to children, parents and teachers. 
(with thanks to Veronica)   
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Click for Writing for ChildrenThe Oxford Treasury of Christmas Poems
(Oxford University Press)
This is a collection of mainly traditional Christmas poems (some of which are also the words of carols) together with some more modern ones. The layout is clear and easy to read with traditional style illustrations which fit the choice of poems but lack the eye-catching appeal to tempt reluctant readers. A good gift book for well-motivated 7-11 year olds who like reading and a useful resource book for teachers. 
(with thanks to Ros)    
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Click for Writing for ChildrenThe Oxford Book of Christmas Poems
(Oxford University Press)
This well-established anthology contains a wide range of poems: some old, some modern, some well-known, some less familiar. There's a variety of mood too ranging from light and humorous to pensive and, in some cases, sad with a welcome lack of sugary sweet sentimentality. Beautifully illustrated throughout in black and white and full colour, this is an excellent book  for adults and older children (12+) who enjoy poetry and a useful resource book for teachers. A book to keep on the shelf and dip into again and again.
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For more Christmas titles, see
Nativity Stories     
Stories with Father Christmas     
Stories without Father Christmas    
Christmas Film Tie-ins and Videos    
Christmas Activity Books
Nativity Plays



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