Charlie’s poetry anthologies for 7-10 year olds, “There’s A Poem In My Dungarees!” and “You Can’t Wear A Poem” are published by Magic Daisy Publishing.

Charlie’s poems are funny, silly and occasionally a little bit serious – they invite the reader in and make them think and wonder at the world. From the mind of a big kid, a mum and teacher, these books are perfect for reading in the classroom or snuggled up for bedtime stories.

Charlie is one of the featured poets on the Dirigible Balloon, you can visit the website here: Dirigible Balloon website.

Listen to some of Charlie’s poems here:

Mum Taught You That
Head in the Clouds
Lost Poem

Marvin and Marlene

I have two orange goldfish,
they’re called Marvin and Marlene.
It’s my job to feed them,
and make sure that they’re clean.

It’s a pretty big responsibility,
for someone small like me.
My dad says if I can’t manage it,
He’ll have chips and fish for tea.

The Cold

Sneezer Sneezer
Snot teaser
Tissue needer
Slime pleaser
Green geezer
Air wheezer
Cough breather
School leaver
Mum squeezer

Little Brother

He looks like you.
No he doesn’t,
He looks like his dad.
Look at those eyes
They belong to his Uncle Jack,
He’s got his granny’s nose
As long as he ‘aint got your webbed toes!
Whose hair is that?
I think your Great Grandfather has those freckles.
He looks like his Big Brother.

No he doesn’t,
I say.
He looks like a frog.

That shuts them up.


Clean your teeth
Brush your hair
Don’t shout at your sister
Will you tidy up these toys?
Get your bag
Eat more peas
Listen when I’m talking


The one time I boss back,

It’s all,

‘YOU didn’t say please!’