Allie Esiri’s beautiful gift anthology,A Nursery Rhyme for Every Night of the Year, is a definitive collection of nursery rhymes, with enchanting illustrations by Emily Faccini.The book includes 366 rhymes - traditional classics as well as favourite rhymes of today - each accompanied by an enlightening introduction. Perfect for reading aloud and sharing with children of all ages.
Rhymes include ‘Oranges and Lemons’, ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’, ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’, ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ and ‘Rock-A-Bye Baby’, alongside modern songs such as ‘Do Re Mi’; with new entries from writing stars Floella Benjamin, Brian Bilston, Rod Campbell, Joseph Coelho, Julia Donaldson and Michael Rosen, all making this the most joyful book to read together, every night of the year.
Each month includes rhymes on different themes:
January: Winter, Bedtime February: Love, Pancake Day March: Spring, Women’s Day, Riddles April: April Fool’s Day, Spring Festivals, Tongue-Twisters May: May Day, Farm, Market, London June:Playground Games, Animals July: Weather Lore, Travel, Classics August: Sea, Rivers, Outdoors September: Back to School October:Food, Action Songs, Halloween November: History, Divali, Thanksgiving December: Lullabies, Festive Rhymes
Allie Esiri's daily introductions teach the significance of the nursery rhyme; offering historical facts, answers to riddles, helpful instructions for the action rhymes, football fans’ playful variants and much more. The day-to-day format of the anthology invites readers to share one of the great nursery rhymes every day – or night – of the year.
Allie Esiri, who read Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge University, is an accomplished curator and host of live poetry events at The National Theatre, The Bridge Theatre, and at Hay, Oxford, Bath and Cheltenham literary festivals. Her anthology A Poem for Every Day of the Year was in the best books of the year list in The Times and the Observer and the audiobook is read by Helena Bonham Carter and Simon Russell Beale. Her anthology, A Poem for Every Night of the Year was a best book of the year in The Times and the New Statesman and won the IBW 2017 book award.
Emily Faccini is an artist, illustrator and map-maker. She studied art, graphics and illustration at Central St. Martins, Bristol (BA), and Brighton (MA). Over the last two decades she has worked extensively in publishing, the magazine and newspaper industries, as well as for charities, creative businesses, with gardeners and environmental organisations. Her hand-drawn maps, endpapers, logos, lettering and book jackets have been widely used in the UK, Europe and the USA. Her work has notably appeared in books by Stieg Larsson, Patrick Barkham, Lauren Child, Amin Maalouf, Madeline Bunting, Philip Marsden, Samantha Shannon , Stuart Turton and James Buchan.
Emily’s Paintings have been shown in many exhibitions. She lives in London and France.