Stewart’s verse is widely anthologised through many Key Stage 2 and 3 poetry collections in use in primary schools in the UK, including those by Macmillan, Bloomsbury, Oxford University Press, Random House and Scholastic. His best-selling ‘Who Left Grandad At The Chipshop?’ was short listed for the Scottish Children’s Book Awards, and ‘All Things Weird and Wonderful’ , both published by Lion Children’s Books alongside his various collections for adults, has seen him become a festival favourite at such premier literary events as The Edinburgh Book Festival, Guildford Book Festival, The Northern Children’s Book Festival and The Wigtown Book Festival.
Reviewing Stewart’s most recent book of children’s poetry, ‘Poetry Emotion’ , in The Church Times , Melanie Carroll noted, ‘What Michael Morpurgo has done for children’s fiction, Henderson has done for poetry’. Junior Education Magazine praised the ‘thoughtful and imaginative’ ‘All Things Weird And Wonderful’ , remarking ‘the poems will be readily gobbled up the majority of eight to ten year olds’. Commenting on ‘Who Left Grandad At The Chipshop?’ waterstones.com highlighted the ‘quite beautiful’ poems, signing off their review with ‘Poetry has never been so much fun’. Stewart also contributed commissioned poems to the multiple repeat, CBeebies/BBC Learning series, ‘The Rhyme Rocket’ ; whilst on the children’s song front, he joined forces with songwriters, Helen and Mark Johnson for the ten tracks CD/Words On Screen Assembly songbook, ‘This Is Me’. Produced by Out Of The Ark, Teach Reading and Writing Magazine enthused ‘A clever and exceptional resource…brimming with creativity, will help teach social and emotional values like nothing else. Totally different, refreshing and inspiring, and will help children to appreciate that it is great…to be me’.
Stewart’s nine previous books of poetry for adults, including two collections for Hodder & Stoughton, ‘A Giant’s Scrapbook’ and ‘Homeland’ , have ensured that Stewart has made many appearances on networked radio and television programmes down the decades, commencing that part of his career with a featured poem on the ‘Today’ programme on BBC Radio 4. Other poetry broadcasts, too numerous to list completely, have included Saturday Live , Broadcasting House and PM , (‘Talented Git’ remarked Eddie Mair in the Radio Times ) also for Radio 4; Good Morning Sunday for BBC Radio 2, and several series of First Light for BBC 1. Stewart’s recently published, ‘A Poet’s Notebook…with new poems, obviously…’ for Lion Hudson, comprises 21 poems preceded by a commentary on the sources and development of each poem. A rare combination of poetic journal, travelogue and cultural almanac.