Thursday 6 October 2016

Happy National Poetry Day!

Today is National Poetry Day – the perfect day to launch A First Book of Animals, a dazzling new treasury of poems by Nicola Davies, featuring over 50 different kinds of animals beautifully illustrated by Petr Horáček.

Polar bears playing on the ice, tigers hunting in the jungle, fireflies twinkling in the evening sky and nightingales singing in the heart of the woods – there are animals everywhere. From blue whales to bumblebee bats and everything in between, A First Book of Animals takes you all over the planet to visit all kinds of different creatures, celebrating life in the wild in all its dazzling variety and splendour. With over 50 different animals in five sections, these poems have so much to offer to children of all ages, from "Big and Small", "Colours and Shapes", "Animal Homes", "Animal Babies" to "Animals in Action". 

Here’s a sneak peak of two of the poems in the book:

This week, we'll be tweeting a poem a day from A First Book of Animals! Follow along @WalkerBooksUK

Since 1994 National Poetry Day has engaged millions of people with poetry through a range of live events, classroom activities and broadcasts throughout the country. A huge variety of poetry is written and read that each year the day is given a new theme, in order to highlight particular poets and styles of poetry – and this year’s theme is messages! Find out more about National Poetry Day at

A First Book of Animals is the second title in Nicola Davies' First Book series, following the bestselling A First Book of Nature. Pick up a copy in your local bookshop.