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Above Us Only Sky: The Children’s Poetry Bundle

Above Us Only Sky: The Children’s Poetry Bundle


Get your kids into verse with this children’s poetry collection bundle taking inspiration from the sky above. Each title includes bonus material and creative prompts to enthuse and inspire young writers.


Includes Moon Juice, by Kate Wakeling, illustrated by Elīna Braslina, The Book of Clouds, by Juris Kronbergs, illustrated by Anete Melece, and Watcher of the Skies: Poems about Space and Aliens, edited by Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright.


Suitable for children ages 6+ to read together, 8+ to read alone.

The Emma Press

The Emma Press is an independent publisher specialising in poetry, short fiction and children’s books. We are trying to make publishing and literature as welcoming and accessible as possible.



Meet Skig, who’s meant to be a warrior (but is really more of a worrier). Meet a giddy comet, skidding across the sky with her tail on fire. Put a marvellous new machine in your pocket and maybe you’ll be able to fix all your life’s problems.

Kate Wakeling’s first book of poems for children is full of curious characters and strange situations. The poems she writes are always musical, sometimes magical, and full of wonder at the weirdness of the world. Moon Juice contains 25 poems and features bonus materials, including interviews with the author and the award-winning illustrator, Elīna Brasliņa, and ideas for writing your own poems.

‘Instruments of Use’

You can do all sorts with a musical instrument,if you listen hard enough:

You can call a friend with a xylophone. 

You can catch a fish with a clarinet.

You can build a skeleton with a trombone.

You can cover a sheet with an electric guitar.

And, if your guinea-pig has recently taken a turn

for the worse, 

you’re very welcome to borrow my trumpet.’

Praise for Moon Juice:

‘This clever, funny, inspiring poetry collection, which has just won the CLiPPA, is a children’s debut by a poet for adults, full of rich ideas and roll-around-the-tongue sounds that demand to be read aloud.’ – The Sunday Times

Moon Juice, from the Emma Press, illustrated with spiky charm by Elīna Brasliņa, won the 2017 CLiPPA, ranges from dreamy celestial meditation (“Moon is / silver sliver. // Moon is / clipped cup / from which to sip / a first drop / of freshly-pressed / moon juice”) to comet-streaking speed – “Comet” comes with the injunction that it should be read as fast as possible, ideally in a single breath.’ – The Times Literary Supplement

‘Poems to be welcomed, savoured and read aloud.’ – Books for Keeps

CLPE Teaching Sequence for Moon Juice

Page count: 96 | ISBN: 978191013949 | Publication date: 15 Sep 2016

The Book of Clouds is a collection of poems by Juris Kronbergs, illustrated by Anete Melece. A beautiful collection of poems about clouds, with full-colour illustrations. This is the perfect gift for any child with their head stuck in the clouds – and for anyone who’s ever wondered what’s going on up in the sky. This is a beautifully-produced, tactile, full-colour, cloth-covered hardback book. Translated from the Latvian by Māra Rozīte and Richard O’Brien. Supported by Latvian Writers’ Union (Latvijas Rakstnieku Savienība) and Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia.

‘When clouds have their flags fluttering,

it means the clouds are gathering

right in your neighbourhood.


They’ve all been summoned to discuss

things that have nothing to do with us:


the dangers posed

by sun dogs and high mountain snows,

and how to get the winds to slow;

the vexing questions

of air-space congestion


that dog their days –

that’s to say

what they are and what they will become.’

Page count: 80 | ISBN: 9781910139141 | Publication date: 3rd May 2018

Watcher of the Skies: Poems about Space and Aliens, edited by Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright

How big is the universe? Are there dogs in space? What if your friend – or your granddad – was an alien? Join the poets in wondering in Watcher of the Skies, a sparkling collection of poems about the outermost possibilities of space, life and our imaginations. Fully illustrated and accompanied with helpful facts about space, this is the perfect companion for any budding stargazer or astronaut.

Contains 31 poems and features bonus materials, including an interview with astrophysicist Rachel Cochrane from the Institute for Astronomy in Edinburgh, and ideas for writing your own poems.

Page count: 115 | ISBN: 9781910139431 | Publication date: 29 Sep 2016

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