Michael Rosen

(7 May 1946 / Harrow, London)

Michael Rosen
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a broadcaster, children's novelist and poet and the author of 140 books. He was appointed as the fifth Children's Laureate in June 2007, succeeding Jacqueline Wilson, and held this honour until 2009.

Family and early years

Michael Rosen was born in Harrow, London, the son of Connie Isakofsky and her husband Harold Rosen. The family background is Jewish, "from the Jewish East End tradition" as Rosen puts it. Rosen's father Harold (1919–2008) was born in Brockton, Massachusetts, in the United States to Communist parents and settled in the East End of London at the age of two, when his mother returned to the country of her birth. While a member of the Young ... more »

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  • Susan Richardson (7/8/2018 1:26:00 PM)

    Heard the poem about children becoming data on Poetry Please this afternoon and thought it was brilliant - one of the reasons why I left teaching in the late 1980s and it's got worse since!

  • billy (7/1/2018 12:10:00 PM)

    he should write more poems because his are awesome

  • Abbie rowley (6/26/2018 1:48:00 PM)

    Hi I really love your funny poems plzzzz make more

  • Anamika Us Anamika Us (6/17/2018 11:08:00 AM)

    Extra ordinary poem
    God bless you
    Have a nice day

  • A person (5/28/2018 6:16:00 PM)

    #nice poems ommmmmmmmmmmmm

  • Amelie (5/28/2018 5:56:00 AM)

    wow i love your poems they make me laugh all the time

  • RL :) (4/30/2018 1:30:00 PM)

    *knoc* noice. Do you like the noice meme?

  • Grace (4/6/2018 9:09:00 AM)

    Hes a good inspiration as im still in school

  • DatRandomNormie (3/29/2018 4:31:00 AM)

    IM A NORMIE! YVFDUGFUSYGFJUEGYRFJKEGHJYUEGJRGFYEJGFY

  • James Mills (3/22/2018 1:19:00 PM)

    your poems make me laugh a lot, and they are easy to join in with.

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Best Poem of Michael Rosen

Chocolate Cake

I love chocolate cake.
And when I was a boy
I loved it even more.

Sometimes we used to have it for tea
and Mum used to say,
'If there's any left over
you can have it to take to school
tomorrow to have at playtime.'
And the next day I would take it to school
wrapped up in tin foil
open it up at playtime
and sit in the corner of the playground
eating it,
you know how the icing on top
is all shiny and it cracks as you
bite into it,
and there's that other kind of icing in
the middle
and it sticks to your hands and you
can lick your ...

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