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On the Move: Poems About Migration

Written by Michael Rosen

Illustrated by Quentin Blake

Key Stage 2 History Poetry Books for Children Poetry Warfare / Battles

LoveReading View on On the Move: Poems About Migration

An anthology with a story to tell and a powerful point to make

Shortlisted for the CLiPPA (CLPE Children’s Poetry Award) 2021

On the Move is both personal and universal, with messages of home, identity and family. The CLiPPA judges found it full of emotion, delivered with a perfect sense of understatement; they praised the way words and illustrations provide pauses, allowing readers space to think.


On the Move: Poems About Migration Synopsis

Former Children's Laureates Michael Rosen and Sir Quentin Blake join forces for a personal and uniquely affecting collection of poems about migration.

What you leave behind Won't leave your mind. But home is where you find it. Home is where you find it.

Michael Rosen and Sir Quentin Blake join forces for a landmark new collection, focusing on migration and displacement.

Michael's poems are divided into four: in the first series, he draws on his childhood as part of a first-generation Polish family living in London; in the second, on his perception of the War as a young boy; in the third, on his missing relatives and the Holocaust; and in the fourth, and final, on global experiences of migration.

By turns charming, shocking and heart-breaking, this is an anthology with a story to tell and a powerful point to make: You can only do something now.

On the Move: Poems About Migration Press Reviews

Many of the poems in this collection are about Rosen's family, including those killed in the Holocaust, which he then connects with the plight of others who flee danger. Succinct and direct, both the poems and Blake's drawings are charged with feeling. - The Sunday Times

Moving and evocative, this is a collection not to be missed. - WRD

Enhanced by timeless pen and ink drawings from fellow former Children's Laureate, Quentin Blake, this is a deeply moving, enduring poetry collection. In an insightful introduction, Rosen describes migration as an intrinsic part of human history, which has led to the development of richly diverse societies around the world. - BookTrust

Blake's haunting drawings complement Rosen's compelling words beautifully in this very accessible volume. - The Independent

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406393705
Publication date: 1st October 2020
Author: Michael Rosen
Illustrator: Quentin Blake
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 144 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: History, Poetry , Poetry, Warfare / Battles

About Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen is a hugely bestselling author of picture books and poetry. Michael frequently appears on radio and gives talks and lectures on children’s literature. Michael was the Children’s Laureate for 2007–2009 and the winner of the Eleanor Farjeon Award. He lives in London. Michael Rosen on Michael Rosen:I grew up in the London suburb of Pinner, a place my parents often wondered about. How had we landed there? My parents were teachers, politically committed (socialists), and great storytellers and readers. I was lucky to have found them. Most of my adult life, I've ...

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