Professor Michael Rosen

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Position Professor of Children's Literature
Department Educational Studies
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Professor Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen is Professor of Children's Literature.

Since the late 1960s, Michael Rosen has been writing books, articles, plays and various kinds of scripts; performing poetry for audiences of all ages; and broadcasting on literature related subjects on radio and TV. From 2007-2009 he was Children's Laureate. Michael’s academic pathway took him to read English at undergraduate level at Wadham College, Oxford, and later to study for an MA at Reading University. Following his Ph.D, completed in 1997, he has taught Children's Literature on MA courses at various universities.

Click here to catch Michael's thoughts, ideas, and articles on his blog.

Read Michael's keynote speech (PDF) from the 2016 Writers and Teachers Conference at Goldsmiths.

Research Interests

Apart from continuing to publish fiction and poetry, Michael's next projects include:

  • a study of Emile Zola in London
  • the process and practice of naming
  • the prosody and poetics of everyday speech; the alternative, popular and radical branches of poetry
  • the social origins of idiolects

Publications and research outputs


Rosen, Michael. 2017. Listening to a Pogrom on the Radio. Ripon: Smokestack Books. ISBN 978-0-9957675-2-2

Rosen, Michael. 2017. So They Call You Pisher! A memoir. London: Verso. ISBN 9781786633965

Rosen, Michael. 2017. Bah! Humbug! A Christmas Carol, illustrated by Tony Ross. London: Scholastic. ISBN 9781407185170

Rosen, Michael. 2017. Barking at Bagels, illustrated by Tony Ross. London: Andersen. ISBN 9781783445059

Rosen, Michael. 2017. The Disappearance of Emile Zola, Love, Literature and the Dreyfus Case. London: Faber & Faber. ISBN 9780571312016

Rosen, Michael. 2016. What is Poetry? The essential guide to reading and writing poems, illustrated by Jill Calder. London: Walker Books. ISBN 9781844287635

Rosen, Michael. 2016. Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots, illustrated by David Tazzyman. London: Bloomsbury Children's Books. ISBN 9781408873434

Rosen, Michael and Young, Annemarie. 2016. Who are Refugees and Migrants? What Makes People Leave their Homes? And Other Big Questions. London: Wayland. ISBN 9780750299855

Rosen, Michael. 2016. The Laugh Out Loud Joke Book. London: Scholastic. ISBN 9781407172996

Rosen, Michael. 2016. Bilal's Brilliant Bee, illustrated by Tony Ross. London: Andersen. ISBN 9781783443956

Rosen, Michael. 2016. The Bus is for Us, illustrated by Gill Tyler. London: Walker Books. ISBN 9781406365542

Rosen, Michael. 2015. Don't Mention the Children. Ripon: Smokestack Books. ISBN 9780993149023

Rosen, Michael. 2015. A Great Big Cuddle, poems for the very young, illustrated by Chris Riddell. London: Candlewick. ISBN 9780763681166

Rosen, Michael. 2015. Uncle Gobb and the Dread Shed, illustrated by Neal Layton. London: Bloomsbury Children's Books. ISBN 9781408851319

Rosen, Michael and Young, Annemarie. 2015. What is Humanism? How do you live without a god? And Other Big Questions for Kids. London: Wayland. ISBN 9780750288422

Rosen, Michael. 2015. Monster illustrated by Neal Layton. London: Bloomsbury Children's Books. ISBN 9781408846964

Rosen, Michael. 2014. Good Ideas: How to be Your Child’s (and Your Own) Best Teacher. John Murray. ISBN 978-1444796421

Rosen, Michael. 2014. Choosing Crumble. Andersen Press Ltd. ISBN 978-1849395281

Rosen, Michael and Mould, Chris. 2014. Wolfman. Barrington Stoke Ltd. ISBN 978-1781123744

Rosen, Michael and McEwen, Katharine. 2014. Send for a Superhero! Walker Books. ISBN 978-1406355505

Rosen, Michael. 2013. Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story. London: John Murray. ISBN 9781848548862

Book Section

Rosen, Michael. 2014. Poetry for Children. In: Catherine Butler and Kimberley Reynolds, eds. Modern Children's Literature: An Introduction (Second Edition). London: Red Globe Press, pp. 70-86. ISBN 9781137357458


Williams, Emma-Louise and Rosen, Michael. 2017. My Secondary Modern: stories from the invisible generation. FORUM, 59(3), pp. 331-334. ISSN 0963-8253

Paechter, Carrie F.; Rosen, Michael and Bibby, Tamara. 2016. Introduction: Walter Benjamin, childhood and pedagogy. Pedagogy, Culture & Society, 24(4), pp. 481-483. ISSN 1468-1366


Rosen, Michael. 2018. BBC Radio 4 - Word of Mouth, Language and Gender Identity.

Rosen, Michael. 2017. BBC Radio 4 - Word of Mouth, Autism and Communication.

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