Michael Rosen is the UK’s best loved children’s poet and the former Children’s Laureate. He has spent a lifetime promoting poetry and reading in schools and is passionate about the children’s right to read. His best-known children’s books such as We’re Going on a Bear Hunt are classics and learnt by heart by children all over the country. More recently his ardent defence of the Booktrust’s free books for children saved the scheme from government cuts.
He was born in 1946 and brought up in north-west London. He studied English at Wadham College, Oxford, did an MA and a Ph.D in children’s literature, and 2007-2009 was Children’s Laureate. He has always spent a good deal of time in France and regularly works at the Institut Français in London.