Poetry Zone: A celebration of 20 years of children’s poetry compiled by Roger Stevens (Troika)
This book has only just reached my desk but despite being more than a year old it merits a mention. It celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Poetry Zone website, launched in 1998 by Stevens so that children and teenagers could share their work, see it published online and have it taken seriously. The work of acclaimed contemporary adult poets mingle here with poems by children who have submitted poems over the years to poetryzone.co.uk. And if their ages weren’t in brackets, I would challenge anyone to accurately spot which poems are by young writers and which are by the professionals. They’re all really good. The lovely illustrations are by the highly-regarded cartoonist Joe Decie.