Michael Rosen

Children's Author

Birthday May 7, 1946

Birth Sign Taurus

Birthplace London, England

Age 77 years old

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Children's author and poet who penned well over a hundred books. His best known works include Wouldn't You Like to Know (a volume of children's poetry) and Michael Rosen's Sad Book (an illustrated book for young children on the topics of death and grief).

Before Fame

He earned an M.A. in Children's Literature from the University of Reading in 1993 and went on to receive a Ph.D. from the University of North London. He published his first book of children's poetry, Mind Your Own Business, in 1974.


He was named the fifth Children's Laureate of Great Britain in 2007.

Family Life

He had two children with his third wife, Emma-Louise Williams. He became a father to three other children over the course of his first two marriages. Sadly, his son Eddie died of meningitis at the age of eighteen.

Associated With

He succeeded Jacqueline Wilson as Children's Laureate in 2007.