Michael is passionate about promoting reading for pleasure to and for children and to the essential role libraries play in local communities. He is our ambassador for our Summer Reading Challenge programme - the UK's biggest reading promotion for children.
Prolific children's writer, Michael Rosen, was born in Middlesex in 1946 and studied English Language and Literature at Oxford University. Since 1976, he has been writing, performing, teaching, and appearing on radio and television. He also writes regularly for The Guardian. His books include fiction and picture books for children, including We're Going On a Bear Hunt (1989), which won multiple awards. His poetry books include Quick Let's Get Out of Here (1983); You Wait Till I'm Older Than You (1996); Lunch Boxes Don't Fly (1999); Uncle Billy Being Silly (2001); and No Breathing in Class (2003) - all of which are based on his own childhood. Michael Rosen was one of the first poets to visit schools and is committed to the teaching of writing and the reading of literature in schools. He was appointed the Children's Laureate for 2007-2009.