Tyger Tyger Magazine

New poems for children

Welcome to Tyger Tyger Magazine, an online journal of new poems for children. Once a term, we publish twelve roaring, leaping, bright-burning poems on a shared theme, by contemporary writers from all over the world.

Each issue comes with free poetry teaching resources for use in the primary school classroom and at home, and each poem is also available as a free, downloadable, printable poster. Enjoy!

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Current issue

Enjoy our current issue of twelve brand-new poems for children, on the theme of Animals.

Resources

Download our free posters and teaching resources to use in the classroom or at home.

Previous issues

Explore our backlist of themed issues, each featuring twelve new poems for children.

About the magazine

Published once each term, the poems are aimed at children in Key Stage 2 (7-11 years old), but many will be suitable for Key Stage 1 (5-7 years old) and Key Stage 3 (11-14 years old) as well.

The teaching resources are also aimed at Key Stage 2 but will often be adaptable for older and younger learners.

If you would like to use or share any of these poems, please make sure to credit the individual poet and Tyger Tyger Magazine.

Current issue

Enjoy our current issue of twelve brand-new poems for children, on the theme of Animals.

Previous issues

Explore our backlist of themed issues, each featuring twelve new poems for children alongside poetry teaching resources and free, downloadable, printable poem posters for use in the classroom or at home.

Free downloadable poem posters

These poem posters are free for you to download, print and use in your classroom or at home. We’d love to see them in situ! Tag us on Twitter @tygertygermag

Free poetry resources for primary school teachers

For each issue, we create individual teaching resources for three of the poems. These resources are designed to help children explore and enjoy the poem and write their own new poem in response. The resources are aimed at children in Key Stage 2 (7-11 years old) but many will be adaptable for Key Stage 1 (5-7 years old) and Key Stage 3 (11-14 years old).

We’d love to see what your young writers come up with – tag us @tygertygermag on Twitter for some personalised positive feedback.

 

 

Why Tyger Tyger?

“The name Tyger Tyger comes from a poem by visionary writer and artist William Blake (1757-1827). The tiger Blake describes is full of magic, might and mystery, just like my favourite poems.

‘Tyger’ is simply an old-fashioned way of spelling ‘tiger’, but I love how that ‘y’ adds a strange, enchanted flavour to the word.” – Rachel

Who we are

Rachel Piercey

Editor

Rachel is a poet and tutor for adults and children. She has co-edited three children’s poetry anthologies with the Emma Press and regularly performs and runs poetry workshops in primary schools. Rachel has taught courses on writing children’s poems for The Poetry School and regularly contributes to the Children’s Poetry Summit blog. She has published a poetry search-and-find book, If You Go Down the Woods Today (Magic Cat, 2021), and three pamphlets of poems for adults.

Helen Steffens

Editorial team

Helen has a BA from the University of Oxford and an MA and PhD from the University of London, writing her doctoral thesis on Adrian Henri and the Merseybeat movement in 1960s Liverpool. After completing she realised that she was more passionate about widening access and participation than being an academic, and has been working in outreach for the University of Oxford ever since. Married to a Dutchman, they have two small blonde children.

Rakhshan Rizwan

Editorial team

Rakhshan works as an Acquisitions Editor at Rockridge Press, a Bay Area and New York-based publishing house. She has a PhD in Comparative Literature from Utrecht University. She is the author of Kashmiri Life Narratives: Human Rights, Pleasure, and the Local Cosmopolitan (Routledge 2020) and My Sneezes are Perfect (The Emma Press, 2021). Her poetry pamphlet, Paisley (The Emma Press 2017), was shortlisted for the Saboteur Award and the Michael Marks Award.

Kate Wakeling

Editorial team

Kate is a writer and musicologist based in Oxford. Her debut collection of children’s poetry, Moon Juice (The Emma Press), won the 2017 CLiPPA and was nominated for the 2018 CILIP Carnegie Medal. Her second collection for children, Cloud Soup (The Emma Press), came out in summer 2021 and was selected as a Book of the Month by the Guardian. A pamphlet of Kate’s poetry for adults, The Rainbow Faults, is published by The Rialto.