John Agard

  • 4 stars across 36 books

 John Agard was born in Guyana and emigrated to Britain in 1977. He has worked as an actor and a performer with a jazz group and spent several years with the Commonwealth Institute, travelling all over Britain giving talks, performances and workshops. He has visited literally thousands of schools.
  His poem 'Half-caste' is on the AQA English GCSE syllabus, and every year he tours the country performing with other top poets for GCSE students. His children's poetry includes WE ANIMALS WOULD LIKE A WORD WITH YOU, POINTS OF VIEW WITH PROFESSOR PEEKABOO, and most recently EINSTEIN, THE GIRL WHO HATED MATHS and HELLO H2O, poems about maths and science respectively. All these titles have been in collaboration with the illustrator Satoshi Kitamura
  He lives in Sussex and is married to Grace Nichols, herself a respected Caribbean poet. They have a daughter.



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26th May 2022

Follow that Word

The father of performance poetry, John Agard, brings you a collection of riotously funny poems. Follow that Word is a ce... MoreFollow that Word

(21 reviews) Review
10th March 2022

John Agard's Windrush Child

“A beautiful poetic and visual delight” Joseph CoelhoA BEAUTIFULLY EVOCATIVE STORY OF A CHILD'S JOURNEY TO ENGLAND ON BO... MoreJohn Agard's Windrush Child

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3rd September 2020

Books Make Good Pets

Books make good pets and don't need going to the vet. You don't have to keep them on a lead or throw them a stick. ... MoreBooks Make Good Pets

(4 reviews) Review
2nd October 2014

Book: My Autobiography

“My name is Book and I’ll tell you the story of my life.” Non fiction like you've never read it before!Quirky and humoro... MoreBook: My Autobiography

(3 reviews) Review
7th September 2017

Come All You Little Persons

A tender, moving and joyous story from one of our nation's premier poets, John AgardFrom above earth, from above sky,fro... MoreCome All You Little Persons

(2 reviews) Review
21st September 2017

The Rainmaker Danced

A wonderful new anthology of poems by winner of the Queens Medal and the Eleanor Farjeon Award, 2016 Do trianglesever g... MoreThe Rainmaker Danced

(1 review) Review
19th March 2018

Shona, Word Detective

A warm and charming tale of diversity, language, and the shared cultures that make-up modern life. Featuring the same wo... MoreShona, Word Detective

(1 review) Review
3rd March 2022

When Creature Met Creature

A powerful picture book about communicating emotions and relating to fellow creatures, from an award-winning duo. Creat... MoreWhen Creature Met Creature

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1st August 2005

Going Batty!

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1st June 2008

Wriggle Piggy Toes

From highly-acclaimed author and poet, John Agard, comes this poetry collection suitable for the very youngest child, wr... MoreWriggle Piggy Toes

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