Have you read these 13 Poetry Books for Children yet?

Poetry books for Kids - Bosky's Panchatantra

Poetry is an excellent way to build fluency with emerging readers. Poetry is also a wonderful way to introduce children to new ideas and the joys of rhythm. It’s important to nurture your children’s love of poetry. They love the silly rhymes and rhythms of poets like Seuss and Silverstein. But they can also appreciate Emily Dickinson’s observations, Robert Louis Stevenson’s reflections on childhood or Langston Hughes’s rhythms. Ruskin Bond and Roald Dahl too have wonderful poems for children.

Today is World Poetry Day, so celebrate it by reading poetry with your children. We recommend these must-have poetry books for young readers.

Bosky’s Panchatantra by Gulzar

Poetry books for Kids - Bosky's Panchatantra
Poetry books for Kids – Bosky’s Panchatantra

There was once a king who had three stupid sons. A learned man visited the kingdom and offered to teach the boys the true qualities of kings—kindness, bravery and a sense of justice. He narrated them one story a day, and these became known as the well-loved Panchatantra tales. Gulzar turns these stories into story-poems- you can read them aloud or enjoy them alone. He describes how a rabbit outwits a hungry lion, and tells us why a girl married a mouse. There is a story about a mosquito who was an unwelcome guest, and one about the foolish donkey who could not stop singing. Hilarious and wise, naughty and clever, this retelling of the Panchatantra by one of India’s most loved writers is a treasure for readers of all ages.

 A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson

Poetry Books for Kids - A children's garden of verses
Poetry Books for Kids – A children’s garden of verses

Robert Louis Stevenson is one of the classic children’s poets.  He writes in a way that is relatable to children.  Stevenson’s classic poems are sweet and simple.  Originally published in 1885, “A Child’s Garden of Verses” has served as a wonderful introduction to poetry for each new generation. Stevenson’s beloved poems celebrate childhood in all its complexity and joy, from “The Land of Nod” to the playful, ever-popular “My Shadow.” Of the many available editions, Gyo Fujikawa’s is one of the sweetest and most personal. Illustrated in 1957, it was her very first book – and she evokes a simpler, more innocent time that should profoundly appeal to today’s audiences. It is a gift that every child will treasure.

Every Thing on it by Shel Silverstein

Poetry Books for Kids - Everything on it
Poetry Books for Kids – Everything on it

Have you ever read a book with everything on it? Well, here it is! You will say Hi-ho for the toilet troll, get tongue-tied with Stick-a-Tongue-Out-Sid, play a highly unusual horn, and experience the joys of growing down. What’s that? You have a case of the Lovetobutcants? Impossible! Just come on in and let the magic of Shel Silverstein bend your brain and open your heart.

Also good to read by Shel Silverstein: Runny Babbit: A Billy SookFalling up and  Where the Sidewalk Ends

Outside the Box by Karma Wilson

Poetry Books for Kids - Outside the Box
Poetry Books for Kids – Outside the Box

 This laugh-out-loud poetry collection is anything but ordinary. Dive in to Karma Wilson’s latest collection of more than 100 poems—some humorous, some poignant, and all of them Outside the Box. Illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Diane Goode, Outside the Box has something for everyone. Appealing to kids and parents alike, poems such as “Sick Day,” “My Pet Robot,” “Balloonaphobia,” and “Aliens Under My Bed” are sure to delight and entertain.

Poetry for Young People Series

Poetry for Kids - Poetry for Young People Series
Poetry for Kids – Poetry for Young People Series

The Poetry for Young People series seeks to your children to famous poets in an appealing picture book format. Each book features a famous poet: Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Carl Sandburg, Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare, Edward Lear, Rudyard Kipling, Longfellow, Langston Hughes, Lewis Carroll, and on and on it goes. Lots of poets. Lots of poems. Great for the child who is really ready to start eating poetry.

Child’s Introduction to Poetry by Michael Driscoll and‎ Meredith Hamilton (Illustrator)

Poetry Books for Kids - A Childrens Introduction to Poetry
Poetry Books for Kids – A Childrens Introduction to Poetry

Poetry can be fun-especially when we can read it, hear it, and discover its many delights with the help of cartoon character Professor Driscoll, delightful illustrations, and the poetry read aloud on CD. This wide-ranging journey through the history and highlights of the world’s poetry covers everything from epics and odes to nonsense verse and haikus, and is filled with examples of every style. The multimedia package encourages children to listen, read, and learn-and opens the door to a lifetime of appreciation of a rich literary tradition. It painlessly introduces kids to the greatest poets in history, from Homer and Shakespeare to Robert Frost and Ogden Nash-and provides excellent examples of their work and commentary on what makes it so special. In short, this is a galloping tour through poetic history loaded with all of our most significant and beloved poems.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost  (Author) and Susan Jeffers  (Illustrator)

Poetry Books for Kids - Stopping by the woods on a snowy evening
Poetry Books for Kids – Stopping by the woods on a snowy evening

Ever since it was published in 1978, the picture-book presentation of Robert Frost’s poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” has been an enduring favorite. Susan Jeffers has added more detail and subtle color to her sweeping backgrounds of frosty New England scenes. There are more animals to find among the trees, and the kindly figure with his “promises to keep” exudes warmth as he stops to appreciate the quiet delights of winter. Robert Frost (1874-1963) is one of America’s most celebrated poets and a four-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

Beastly Tales from Here & There by Vikram Seth 

Poetry Books for Kids - Beastly Tales from here and there
Poetry Books for Kids – Beastly Tales from here and there

Beastly Tales from Here and There From the impish to the brilliantly comic, Vikram Seth’s animal fables in verse can, like Diwali sweets, be enjoyed by young and old alike. Of the ten fables told here, two come from India, two from China, two from Greece, two from the Ukraine and two, as the author puts it, ‘from the land of Gup’.

Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl 

Poetry Books for Kids - Revolting Rhymes
Poetry Books for Kids – Revolting Rhymes

This book is filled with revolting rhymes.
(Be warned: It’s no ordinary once upon a time).
There’s poor Cindy whose heart was torn to shreds, because her Prince, he chops off heads!
Snow White’s dwarfs although awfully nice, are guilty of one shocking vice…
And what becomes of Goldilocks, that nasty thieving little louse, when she goes sneaking around the three bear’s house…

Nutshell Library, by Maurice Sendak

Poetry Books for kids - Nutshell Library
Poetry Books for kids – Nutshell Library

From Maurice Sendak, the Caldecott Medal-winning genius who created Where the Wild Things Are,comes Nutshell Library, which will enchant readers with four classic titles. Containing pocket-size versions of perennial favorites Alligators All AroundChicken Soup with RiceOne Was Johnny, and Pierre, this pint-size library is perfect for small hands. Learn the alphabet with silly alligators, drink chicken soup with rice every month, count visitors with a boy named Johnny, and survive a scare with a boy who doesn’t care. Endless adventures await in these lyrical stories that children, and their grown-up readers, will love reading and sharing over and over again. This book will evoke powerful memories for many, and the rhymes and stories continue to speak to new generations of little ones.

Favourite Poems: 101 Children’s Classics by Various

Poetry Books for Kids - Favorite Poems
Poetry Books for Kids – Favorite Poems

Silly, fantastical, romantic, thought-provoking; this new collection includes 101 classic poems that every child should read! Find Tennyson, Keats, Shelley, Wordsworth, Edward Lear, Emily Dickinson, Shakespeare and many more. The poems are organized by theme, and lively introductions provide information on the poets and their craft. Includes an index and glossary of poetic form.

Hip-Hop Nature Boy and Other Poems by Ruskin Bond

Poetry Books for Kids - Hip Hop Nature Boy and other stories
Poetry Books for Kids – Hip Hop Nature Boy and other stories

If a tortoise could run , And losses be won, And bullies be buttered on toast;
If a song brought a shower, And a gun grew a flower, This world would be nicer than most!
Beautiful, poignant and funny, Ruskin Bond’s verses for children are a joy to read to yourself on a lazy summer afternoon or to recite in school among friends. For the first time, his poems for children, old and new, come together in this illustrated volume. Nature, love, friends, school, books — all find a place in the poetry of India’s favourite children’s writer.

Edgar Allan Poe’s Pie: Math Puzzlers in Classic Poems by J. Patrick Lewis

Poetry Books for Kids - Edgar Allan Poe's Pie
Poetry Books for Kids – Edgar Allan Poe’s Pie

Is this poetry? Math? A brainteaser? Yes! It’s all that and more. The poet J. Patrick Lewis has reimagined classic poems—such as Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” and Langston Hughes’s “April Rain Song”—and added a dash of math. Between the silly parodies and the wonderfully wacky art, kids will have so much fun figuring out the puzzles, they won’t guess they’re learning! Answers appear unobtrusively on each page, and engaging information about the original poets is included. Math games and concepts, poetry and poet biographies—it’s all so cleverly put together. This funny book is a treat for fans of words and numbers alike.


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