A Great Big Cuddle Poems for the Very Young


I cannot recommend ‘A Great Big Cuddle‘ highly enough. This collection of poetry for babies and younger children is essential to every nursery, home, and early learning environment.

Every consideration, from wordplay, repetition, description, to parody, is included. It demonstrates Michael Rosen’s superlative understanding of the literacy pleasure and needs of our youngest readers. Chris Riddell’s illustrations meet the exactitude, joy and variety of the wonderful poetry through imaginative character creations that support and extend understanding and engagement. ‘ A Great Big Cuddle‘ is one of the best poetry collections I have ever had the pleasure to read.

(See  Wiggly Wiggly , a separate picture book for our youngest readers, extracted from this wonderful original collection.)


A Great Big Cuddle

Poems for the Very Young

Michael Rosen, illustrated by Chris Riddell

(Walker Books)

A Great Big Cuddle‘ is an essential poetry collection for every baby, toddler and young reader. The experience and skill of two former children’s laureates, Michael Rosen and Chris Riddell, are evident with every word, feeling and brush stroke. This is a ‘forever’ book; the perfect gift, ‘A Great Big Cuddle’. 

CLPE children’s poetry award winner

New York Public Library Parent’s Choice award


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