John Foster

children's poet

I Can Read!

Oxford Poetry for 5 year olds

Poetry is a fantastic and fun way to inspire a love of reading in young children.
This engaging collection contains 35 poems, chosen by celebrated children’s poet John Foster and is the perfect introduction to simple poetry. Carefully levelled and in line with the National Curriculum, it includes guidance for parents to develop key vocabulary and reading skills through poetry. A collection that is ideal for children who are learning to read.

Oxford Poetry for 6 year olds

Following on from I Can Read! Oxford Poetry for 5 year olds, this collection of 34 lively poems introduces children to a wider range of poetry.
The poems have been selected by celebrated children’s poet John Foster and include parental guidance to help foster a love of reading through poetry. In line with the National Curriculum, these poems build vocabulary and comprehension skills and are ideal for building reading confidence.

Oxford Poetry for 7 year olds

Following on from I Can Read! Oxford Poetry for 6 year olds, this collection of 44 lively poems further develops a love of reading through poetry. The poems have been chosen by celebrated children’s poet John Foster, with full guidance to help parents develop children’s reading and understanding of poetry. In line with the National Curriculum these poems build confidence in performing poetry and reading for enjoyment. The collection is ideal for children who are developing independent reading skills.


Don’t Eat Soup With Your Fingers, When Dad Scored a Goal in the Garden, The Ghost in the Washing Machine and 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.


(The ISBN provides a link to buy the book through OUP.)

How do you make a skeleton laugh?

Oxford University Press (ISBN 978-0-19-275739-5)


Rib-tickling jokes about ghosts and vampires, flesh-eating zombies and skeletons, cautionary rhymes, batty booklists and teasing tongue-twisters. You'll die laughing!




What wears a sock on its bottom?

Oxford University Press (ISBN 978-0-19-275741-8)


Side-splitting jokes, ridiculous riddles and hilarious rhymes. You'll laugh your pants off!





What happens when the Queen burps?

Oxford University Press (ISBN 978-0-19-275742-5)



Laugh-outloud jokes, ludicrous riddles and hilarious rhymes. You'll laugh your head off!




What do you call a one-eyed dinosaur?

Oxford University Press (ISBN 978-0-19-275740-1)


Rip-roaring jokes, crazy riddles and daft rhymes. You'll roar with laughter!





The Poetry Chest
Oxford University Press (ISBN 978-0-19-276341-9)

The Poetry ChestA treasure trove of over 250 of John Foster's own poems. Poems on all kinds of themes – families and school, football and bullying, dinosaurs and dragons, wizards and ghosts, weather and the seasons. Poems in all kinds of forms – humorous poems and serious poems, rhyming poems and non-rhyming poems, raps and storypoems, punctuation poems and spelling poems, haikus and wordplays, nonsense and tongue-twisters.

'A terrific set of poems'   Junior Education Plus

My First Oxford Book of Poems
Oxford University Press (ISBN 978-0-19-276339-6)

First Oxford Book of PoemsA magical first collection of poetry for children, full of favourites to enjoy again and again, from poets such as Ted Hughes, A.A. Milne, Ogden Nash, Hilaire Belloc, Charles Causley and Spike Milligan.

'This is a scrumptious anthology full of lyrical treasures old and new.... A lovely dipping-into book for children, parents and teachers.'   Tony Mitton in Carousel.

My First Oxford Book of Christmas Poems
Oxford University Press (ISBN 978-0-19-276353-2)


'Captures all the excitement of the pre-Christmas anticipation and all the fun of Christmas Day itself.'   Phil Hewitt




Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar
Oxford University Press (ISBN 978-0-19-275581-0)

Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar'Superb'   Universal Verse

'A wonderful mixture of favourites old and new... beautifully illustrated by a team of well-known children's artists including Brian Wildsmith and Tony Ross.'   Audrey Ricks in School Librarian.


Whizz Bang Orang Utan
Oxford University Press (ISBN 978-0-19-272993-4)

Whizz Bang Orang UtanJoin the orang utan at a party in the jungle. Meet the friendly giant and the girl with marmalade hair. Make popcorn and have turnips for tea with Timothy Tompkins, before taking a trip to the dinosaur fair or to the park with granddad to feed the ducks – a delightful collection.


Cockadoodle Moo
Oxford University Press (ISBN 978-0-19-273184-5)

Cockadoodle Moo'A richly illustrated, large book of poems... There's plenty of humour but also quieter pieces offering young readers pause for reflection. A solid, satisfying and sensitive anthology.'   Child Education.



See You Later Escalator
Oxford University Press (ISBN 978-0-19-273183-8)

See You Later Escalator


'Beautifully presented and beautifully illustrated... It's a book to dip into time and time again and has classic written all over it.'   Phil Hewitt in West Sussex Gazette.



School's Out

Oxford University Press (ISBN 978-0-19-275579-7)

School's Out


"Enormously rich and varied and offers interesting and surprising angles on everything and anything to do with school" - Children's Books of the Year




Excuses, Excuses

Oxford University Press (ISBN 978-0-19-275580-3)

Excuses, Excuses


"the ideal collection for pupil and teacher to read together." "Excuses, Excuses is the best of the school-life anthologies I have come across" - Times Educational Supplement




My First Oxford Book of Nonsense Poems

Oxford University Press (ISBN 978-0-19-276275-7)

It would be nonsensical not to love this book!

Cows going bong! Adventurous llamas dressed up in pyjamas! Waltzing Polar Bears! - Is this some strange, uncontrollable zoo? - NO! It's My First Oxford Book of Nonsense Poems



Let's Celebrate

Oxford University Press (ISBN 978-0-19-276329-7)

"The richness of language that [the poems] offer between them is remarkable . . . This is a magical book and a prince amongst anthologies." - Spoken English




I've Got a Poem For You

Oxford University Press (ISBN 978-0-19-276354-9)

Have you ever read a poem that's just too good to keep to yourself? Here's a book full of them: old favourites and new surprises; poems so good you'll want to learn them by heart and share them with your friends over and over again.

A welcome reissue of this lively book of poems to perform.



Football Fever

Oxford University Press (ISBN 978-0-19-276355-6)

This lively and fun collection contains poems about all aspects of the beautiful game. From playing in the park to watching your team on a Saturday, from football matches of the past to the superstar players of today.

If you love football-you'll love this book!



The Land of the Flibbertigibbets

Salt Publishing (ISBN 9781844712885)

From poems about a wizard's dragon and a dinosaurs' health spa, nonsense versions of nursery rhymes and fantastic football results, to a cautionary tale about a boy who is always sticking his tongue out.