John Foster

children's poet

New Books

A book Here Comes the Dinosaurs containing John’s dinosaur poems, with illustrations by Oxford illustrator Mario Coelho. was published in July. It can be purchased by contacting John. Price £4 inc. postage.

John’s new book for teachers Let’s Write- Activities to Develop the Writing Skills of 7-11 year olds is to be published in January 2014. For more details see Teachers Section.


Don’t Eat Soup With Your Fingers

When Dad Scored a Goal in the Garden

The Ghost in the Washing Machine

Watch Your Teacher Carefully

– four books of rhymes and jokes compiled by John Foster – are to be published in the Oxford Reading Tree Treetops series in early 2014.


Oxfordshire Children's Read-A-Thon and Family Fun Day.

At the Manor, Milton, Abingdon. Saturday 14th September. Click the link for details.

Dinosaurs and More

Fourteen of John's poems have been set to music by composer Matthew Coatsworth. The Age of the Dinosaurs, a musical extravaganza for primary schools, is to be performed by 200 children from Kidlington primary schools at West Kidlington School on July 12th.

A booklet of John's poems about dinosaurs, Here Come the Dinosaurs, illustrated by Mario Coelho, has been published to coincide with the performance.

Together with poets James Carter, Clare Bevan and Coral Rumble, John took part in Fridayfest in which 250 children from primary schools in Reading spent the day at Reading University on June 7th. As well as listening to the poets performing their poems, the children attended workshops exploring how dance, rhythm, art, maths and science can be linked to poetry.

During the summer holidays, John will be performing at a Family Fun Day at Brasenose College on Saturday 3rd August.

John will also be taking part and performing in the Oxfordshire Children's Read-a-thon and Family Fun Day at Milton Manor, Milton, Abingdon on Saturday, 14th September. For more information contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Summer Reading Challenge

John Foster’s collection of jokes, riddles and rhymes How Do You Make a Skeleton Laugh? has been chosen as one of the books to be included in the2013 Summer Reading Challenge. Organised by the Reading Agency in libraries throughout the UK, this challenges children aged 4-11 to read six books during the summer holidays. The theme for 2013 is Creepy house.