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Poets choose autumn leaves

Valerie Bloom's The World is Sweet (see review above) is one of the Poetry Book Society's three autumn term choices for its Children's Poetry Bookshelf, aimed at key stage 2 pupils. Subscribers pay pound;30 for six books a year or pound;42 for nine (the cover price can be up to pound;10) from a total of nine titles chosen by writers, teachers and librarians. This time the poets Pie Corbett and Philip Gross have selected Hello New! edited by John Agard (Orchard Books, pound;9.99, to be reviewed in TES Primary magazine on September 21) and A Men Fish Smile by Roger Stevens, Sue Cowling and Jan Dean (Macmillan Sandwich Poets series, pound;3.99) alongside the Bloom collection from Bloomsbury Children's Books, pound;6.95. For more information on the scheme (and the adult quarterly selection, currently led by Michael Donaghy's Conjure), tel: 020 8870 8403; email:;; Poetry Book Society, Book House, 45 East Hill, London SW18 2QZ. Mention The TES and you'll receive a poetry poster and KS2 teacher's notes, while stocks last.

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