Michael Rosen will promote the importance of reading to under-fives in a new role

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Children’s author Michael Rosen will be named BookTrust’s newest Writer-in-Residence – a role he will use to promote the importance of reading and rhyming with young children.

Rosen will be named BookTrust Writer-in-Residence on Tuesday, March 1, which provides a platform for writers and illustrators to explore the issues they are passionate about and use their creativity to inspire children and families to read together. The children’s writer and performance poet plans to use the role, which lasts six months, as an opportunity to highlight the benefits and fun of reading with babies and toddlers.

A longtime champion of children’s reading, Rosen performed a one-man show in schools across the country for several years to enthrall children with her passion for books and poetry. In 2007 he took on the role of Waterstones Children’s Laureate, where he developed the Perform-a-Poem website in association with the London Grid for Learning.

Michael Rosen said, “I’m really looking forward to being a resident at BookTrust. We know that helping children jump-start their lives playing with words, poems and songs is the perfect way to become a confident speaker and writer. Under-fives soak up the language and we can help achieve this by sharing books with them. I want to do everything I can to offer ideas and inspiration to help caregivers, teachers and anyone who works with children under five.

Diana Gerald, Managing Director of BookTrust, said: “We are delighted to welcome Michael as our final Writer-in-Residence. His books have inspired a generation of young readers and are loved by children and adults alike. Michael is a household name and respected in schools and libraries around the world, using his platform to bring his own love of stories and language to so many people.

The BookTrust Writer in Residence project has been running since March 2009 and has brought together several authors and illustrators, including Cressida Cowell, Polly Dunbar and Nadia Shireen.

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