Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen

About Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen, born May 7, 1946 in Harrow, North London, is a British poet, writer of children's and youth literature. He holds the Children's Laureate distinction from June 2007 to 2009. After studying at Wadham College, Oxford, and graduating in 1969, Rosen began his apprenticeship at the BBC. In 1970 he presented a school television program called WALRUS (Write And Learn, Read, Understand, Speak). He is the writer of the children's reading series Sam on Boff's Island.
In 1974 he published his first book Mind Your Own Business and since then the successes have followed one another. He asserts himself above all as a poet for small and young readers. Rosen is one of the most significant figures in contemporary children's poetry, and one of the first poets to draw his short stories from childhood experiences.
One of his greatest successes is We're Going on a Bear Hunt, published in 1989 in collaboration with Helen Oxenbury. The book quickly won the acclaim of critics and national audiences and after a few years an international recognition.
Since 2007 he has opened his official YouTube channel: [ Kids' Poems and Stories With Michael Rosen ], which has more than 700,000 subscribers in 2022. Since at least 2012, Michael Rosen has been an Internet Meme and a subject of Youtube Poop with, in particular, the video of his poem entitled Hot Food whose comic repetition Nice is regularly diverted or taken out of context.
In 2023, he is selected for the third year since 2021 for the prestigious Swedish prize, the Astrid-Lindgren Memorial Prize.

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