Poetry Books for Children Poetry Books for Children

Children find Poetry incredibly pleasurable and our selection of books below are broken down into just 2 age ranges to give you some guidance. All the books are perfect for sharing at bedtime and for children to also enjoy alone. Always inspirational; collections of poetry will take the reader into another world.

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Poetry books for under 7's

I Can Read! Oxford Poetry for 6 Year Olds
John Foster
This poetry collection for 6 year olds, with parental guidance and notes for every poem, has been created in line with the National Curriculum to support children learning to read at home and build confidence for school. Poetry is a... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2016
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Vikings in the Supermarket
Nick Sharratt
Six bouncy poems each of which is richly illustrated by award-winning illustrator Nick Sharratt. Burt, Cora, Charlie, Selwin, Ida and Quentin are the six Vikings let loose on a delightful shopping spree in a supermarket in the title poem. More... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2016
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I Wish I Had a Pirate's Hat
Roger Stevens
Another lively collection from Roger Stevens, who does more to inspire a love of poetry in young children than almost anyone, and these are ‘poems to chase the clouds away.' Grouped into three sections – Fun Time, School Time and... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/08/2015
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Shuffle and Squelch
Julia Donaldson
A joyful collection of poems for young children by an author who is completely in tune with her audience! Julia Donaldson celebrates the delights of going to the park, walking the dog, pizza, riding a bike and sliding down the... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Wriggle and Roar
Julia Donaldson
Giggle along to these wonderful rhymes whether you're with your toddler in the nursery or the car. Full of action and noise it's guaranteed to get kids engaged and stimulated to love poetry. Featured in: 3+ readers | 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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Over the Hills and Far Away A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes from Around the World
Elizabeth Hammill
Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK.A fine collection of poems and rhymes from all... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/10/2014
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Out and About A First Book of Poems
Shirley Hughes
From the joys of the seaside to the miseries of the sickbed, this exuberant volume captures to perfection the world of childhood. It is a beautiful gift edition of the classic picture book, with a new introduction by Shirley Hughes. Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2014
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1066 and Before That - History Poems
Brian Moses, Roger Stevens
A fantastic collection of history poems that conjure up the sights, sounds and smells of the past - both the great events and battles, and ordinary day-to-day activities. Ties in with the history curriculum for Key Stage 1 and Key... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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I Can Read! Oxford Poetry for 5 Year Olds
John Foster
Poetry is a fun way for children to enjoy learning to read, developing their vocabulary and understanding of ideas and themes. This collection offers a wide range of poems to appeal to all children, from poems about special days such... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2016
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Skimbleshanks The Railway Cat
T. S. Eliot
Arthur Robins's scratchy illustrations are full of humour and he's proving to be the perfect partner for T.S. Eliot. Skimbleshanks is the third of the Old Possum poems Robins has illustrated and it's another rousing success. The world Eliot describes... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/11/2015
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My Life as a Goldfish And Other Poems
Rachel Rooney
Shortlisted for 2015 CLPE Poetry Award - the only award in the UK for published children's poetry - Chosen as one of the Top Ten Best New Books for Children 2015 by Andrea Reece. A list of top books... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/10/2014
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I'm a Little Alien
James Carter
Meet a little green alien; then zoom off in your rocket to find space poems, rhymes about mermaids, funny faces and even a greedy robot. This is a fun and playful new collection by an award-winning poet who knows how... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2014
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Here Come the Creatures!
Wes Magee
Delightful and kind humour bubbles through this collection of poems about everyday things in family life - and the creatures that are part of it. Among other things, there's a look at garden birds, at a bumblebee, at a drink... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/05/2013
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A Laureate's Choice: 101 Poems for Children Chosen by Carol Ann Duffy
Carol Ann Duffy
A beautiful poetry collection encompassing both classic and modern verse chosen by the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy. Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/03/2013
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What Happens When the Queen Burps?
John Foster
A great collection of riddles, rhymes and jokes designed to make readers laugh out loud – and they will! Best-selling John Foster knows his audience exceptionally well and taps into school humour unerringly as Clever Trevor's Classroom Quips demonstrates superbly. Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/02/2013
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What Do You Call a One-eyed Dinosaur?
John Foster
Dinosaurs seem to be a never ending source of jokes – their extraordinary appearance, their complicated names, they outrageous habits and the fact that not everything about them is already known, make them absolutely ripe for some good humoured prods.... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/02/2013
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The Ride-by-Nights
Walter de la Mare
This is the second of Walter de la Mare's poems to be turned into a picture book by Carolina Rabei and her illustrations provide a rich setting. It's Hallowe'en and ‘Up on their brooms the Witches stream/Crooked and black in... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2015
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Reader ReviewedA Great Big Cuddle
Michael Rosen
Joint Winner of the CLiPPA 2016 (CLPE Children's Poetry Award). Children's Laureates Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen combine here to create a beautiful collection of ebullient poems for the very young. Michael Rosen's close and affectionate observation of small children... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/09/2015
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The Puffin Book of Utterly Brilliant Poetry
Brian Patten
Age 6+ This is a wonderful celebration of poems by ten of the most outstanding poets of the last 30 years or so. There's something here for all the family to share and enjoy, time after time. There's even an... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/08/1999
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Poetry Books for over 7's

Lost Magic: The Very Best of Brian Moses
Brian Moses
This is a beautiful collection of the finest poems from Brian Moses, one of Britain's favourite children's poets. Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 08/09/2016
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What is Poetry? The Essential Guide to Reading and Writing Poems
Michael Rosen
A detailed and very personal guide to reading and writing poetry by one of the country's leading children's poets. Lovereading Review will follow... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/10/2016
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Collected Poems for Children: Macmillan Classics Edition
Charles Causley
This Macmillan Classics edition is truly a special gift to treasure. The poems in this collection all by Charles Causley, who is considered to be one of the greatest post-war poets, were chosen and arranged by him. They feature as great... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots
Michael Rosen
Packed with silly rhymes, witty wordplay and thought-provoking story poems, this new collection of poems will delight children of all ages. Lovereading Review will follow... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 08/09/2016
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Dinosaurs and Dinner-Ladies
John Dougherty
John Dougherty's poetic debut ‘Dinosaurs & Dinner-Ladies' is a collection of sheer brilliance with all the wit and charm we've come to expect from this popular fiction writer. Dougherty draws on his experiences as a teacher and captures school-life to... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/06/2016
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Adder, Bluebell, Lobster
Chrissie Gittins
A wonderfully innovative collection bursting with energy, you can't help but read with a smile. Chrissie Gittins is on a mission to save words from extinction, with forty exuberant and informative poems to celebrate amazing animals, birds and plants. The... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/06/2016
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100 Brilliant Poems for Children
Paul Cookson
Paul Cookson's collection does not claim to be the definitive hundred brilliant poems, but it comes close; providing a fun, inspiring and diverse introduction to poetry for children. Not only are the classics of Shakespeare, Wordsworth and Whitman out in... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/08/2016
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Wonderland: Alice in Poetry
Lewis Carroll
Lewis Carroll's Alice has been enchanting children for 150 years. Curious Alice, the bossy White Rabbit, the formidable Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter are among the best-loved, most iconic literary creations of all time. Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/09/2016
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I Don't Like Poetry
Joshua Seigal
What do you mean you don't like poetry? This must mean you've not read the debut collection of poems from Joshua Seigal! Whether it's poems about the power of books or the joys of fried chicken, once you've read Joshua's... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/09/2016
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The Hunting of the Snark
Lewis Carroll
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month July 2016 A perfect celebration of Alice Day 2016, this beautiful, fully illustrated edition of Lewis Carroll's great comic masterpiece which comes complete with gilt-edged pages and a ribbon for a marker, is the... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 30/06/2016
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I Can Read! Oxford Poetry for 7 Year Olds
John Foster
Poetry is a fun way for children to enjoy learning to read, developing their vocabulary and understanding of ideas and themes. This collection of 44 fun poems for 7 year olds offers a wide range to appeal to all children,... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2016
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Favourite Poems: 101 Children's Classics

Silly, fantastical, romantic, thought-provoking...This new collection includes 101 classic poems that every child should read! 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. Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/01/2016
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National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry More Than 200 Poems with Photographs That Float, Zoom, and Bloom!
J. Patrick Lewis
When words in verse are paired with the awesomeness of nature, something magical happens! Beloved former U.S. Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis curates an exhuberant poetic celebration of the natural world in this stellar collection of nature poems. Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/11/2015
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Never Nudge a Budgie!
Colin West
Colin West writes wonderfully funny poetry for children and deserves to be a household name alongside Roger McGough and Michael Rosen. This collection is divided into sections including Dotty Ditties, Tricky Tongue-Twisters, Vicious Verses and Curious Creatures and is jam-packed... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/10/2015
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Vanishing Trick Poems by Ros Asquith
Ros Asquith
When I hear the word word My brain goes blurred My mind feels furred. Word is a strange word isn't it? It has too many meanings, doesn't it? After all, everything's a word. How absurd. Ros Asquith is a Guardian... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/08/2015
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Crazy Mayonnaisy Mum
Julia Donaldson
A wonderful collection of poems from the much-loved creator of The Gruffalo, all of them perfect for reading aloud. There are funny poems (lots of those as you'd expect) and nonsense rhymes as well as story poems and quieter poems... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/07/2015
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Werewolf Club Rules! And Other Poems
Joseph Coelho
Winner of 2015 CLPE Poetry Award - the only award in the UK for published children's poetry An exciting debut poetry collection from an exciting new voice. The collection includes a wide range of poems, from funny and fantastical to... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2014
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Read Me 2: A Poem for Every Day of the Year
Gaby Morgan
A handsome and welcome new edition of this excellent poetry book, which contains a poem for every day of the year. The range of poems included is simply superb – there are traditional poems and classics alongside poems by contemporary... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 18/06/2015
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There's a Monster in the Garden The Best of David Harmer
David Harmer
School life, families, football, aliens - these are some of performance poet David Harmer's favourite things, all popular themes for his poems. Like the title poem to this collection, they are often presented with something of a ‘what if?' warning,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Brian Moses' School Report Very Funny Poems About School
Brian Moses
A fantastic collection of modern poems all about school from the talented poet Brian Moses. There are rhyming poems and funny poems and lots of poems about teachers - and exactly what they get up to behind the staffroom door... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/07/2014
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The Penguin in Lost Property
Jan Dean, Roger Stevens
A super new collection of poems featuring a vast range of animals, birds and fish, from the penguin in lost property making a bid for freedom, to the cat that would rather be eating spiders than lapping up milk. Funny... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/07/2014
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The Monster Sale
Brian Moses
The title poem launches a witty and varied anthology made the more tempting by the suitably benign monster on its attractive cover. Brian Moses writes entertainingly about a funky crocodile called Burt, What An Ardvark Likes to Do Best and... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/05/2013
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I Love My Mum
Gaby Morgan
Gaby Morgan has gathered together a really wonderful selection of poems about mums. There are over 50 in this little volume, some will make you smile, some will probably turn you a bit teary, but each one contains something true... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/01/2015
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All the Wild Wonders Poems of Our Earth
Wendy Cooling
Poems that span the globe encouraging all readers to look at the good and the bad aspects of it make this a rich and original anthology. Twinning the themes of the wonders of the world and the horrors of how... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2012
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Poems to Perform A Classic Collection Chosen by the Children's Laureate
Julia Donaldson
A vibrant collection of poems perfect to be performed by two or more voices! Featured in: Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 30/01/2014
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You Tell Me!
Roger McGough, Michael Rosen
Football, first love, teachers and tongue-twisters is a fantastic poetry collection by two of the funniest, most famous poets writing today. Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/01/2015
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Peacock Pie A Book of Rhymes
Walter de la Mare
The poems that make up this collection were first published in 1913 but it was not until 1946 that it was published, as it is in this new edition, with Edward Ardizzone's illustrations. Though de la Mare's poems describe a... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2015
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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
T. S. Eliot
The world-famous rhymes starring cats such as Macavity the Mystery Cat and Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat are beautifully presented in this edition with illustrations by Axel Scheffler best-known for his pictures of the Gruffalo. Perfect for reading out loud, the... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/09/2013
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What Are We Fighting For? New Poems About War
Roger Stevens, Brian Moses
Wide- ranging and thoughtful, this anthology of poems by award-winning poets Roger Stevens and Brian Moses captures the many different aspects of war. Divided into three sections the first of which focuses on different aspects of World War 1, the... Featured in: 11+ readers | 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/01/2014
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I am a Poetato An A-Z of Poems About People, Pets and Other Creatures
John Hegley
From A-Z - Alligator to The Dog Runs (Zoom) - John Hegley has a witty, surprising and always entertaining poem for every letter. Wonderfully varied, there are poems about people, pets and all kinds of other creatures. In each of... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/04/2015
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A is Amazing! Poems About Feelings
Wendy Cooling
To dip in and out of whatever your mood and to savour in longer moments, this is a thought-provoking anthology. How different poems capture different moods and moments unfolds beautifully in both Wendy Cooling's careful choice of poems and Piet... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/08/2014
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Edward Lear's Book of Nonsense
Edward Lear
Best-loved nonsense songs such as The Owl and the Pussy-Cat, The Jumblies, The Dong with the Luminous Nose and many more are included in this highly attractive volume. The jokes at the heart of each are perfectly illustrated by Christine... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/05/2014
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Because a Fire Was in My Head
Michael Morpurgo
Former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo's love of poetry shines through this wonderfully wide ranging and personal anthology which is packed-full of gems. Many are poems Michael Morpurgo has cherished since his own childhood such as Robert Louis Stevenson's ‘Windy Nights',... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2013
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The Dragon with a Big Nose
Kathy Henderson
This lively collection of poems reflects on all kinds of things from the magical such as the badly behaved dragon of the title poem, to the everyday. ‘Steel Birds' is a wonderful poetic evocation of the cranes that dominate the... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2013
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A Million Brilliant Poems A Collection of the Very Best Children's Poetry Today
Roger Stevens
Age 9+. Shortlisted for the CLPE Poetry Award 2011 Roger Stevens has selected the very best children's poetry published over the last 15 years in one fabulous book. Funny poems, sad poems, and poems to learn by heart and many... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/10/2010
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A Poem for Every Night of the Year
Allie Esiri
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2016 A fabulously rich anthology of 366 poems - one for every night of the year as promised in the title. Or for... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 08/09/2016
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Oxford Book Of Children's Poetry
Michael Harrison, Christopher Stuart-clark
Age 7+. A wonderful treasury of more than 250 poems, old and new from old favourites by Rudyard Kipling and Hilaire Belloc to new poems by some of the best contemporary poets for children such as Michael Rosen and Carol... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/09/2007
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Poems from the First World War Published in Association with Imperial War Museums
Gaby Morgan
Written by those who were involved at the time, this is a thoughtful and powerful selection of poems that capture many different experiences of war. The soldiers' view is reflected in familiar poems such as Wilfred Owen's haunting Dulce Et... Featured in: 11+ readers | 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/05/2014
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Cosmic Disco
Grace Nichols
Award-winning Grace Nichols creates all the moods evoked by the title in this beautiful anthology which lightly captures the wonder of the world. Lightly in poems such as ‘Sun, You're a Star' Nichols gives her own account of the universe.... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2013
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Reader ReviewedOne
Sarah Crossan
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016. Joint Winner of the CLiPPA 2016 (CLPE Children's Poetry Award). Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Awards. Shortlisted for the Children's category of the... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Classic Poetry: An Illustrated Collection
Michael Rosen
Age 7+. Favourite classic poems are included in this hugely satisfying and handsomely illustrated collection. Among my favourites are the familiar nonsense of Edward Lear, Shelley's mysterious and hauntingly beautiful Ozymandias and Edward Thomas's Adlestrop. Others will find their own... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2009
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Olympic Poems - 100% Unofficial!
Brian Moses, Roger Stevens
Sport – winning, losing, taking part – is celebrated in this typically skilful collection from two of our most popular poets for young people. There are funny poems, story poems, contemplative ones to make you see things clearer or differently,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Lovereading4kids Poetry Highlights - Autumn 2016

Michael Rosen, the Children's Laureate 2007-2009 on Poetry:

Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen is a poet and huge supporter of children's poetry has given us his views on poetry - written especially for Lovereading4kids.

FROM MICHAEL ROSEN:

"Poetry is a special way of talking and writing. Poems are often musical, playing with the sounds of language while they tell stories, reveal feelings, make pictures and give us ideas. We all find this pleasurable, but children especially so. I guess that's because for very young children, language often comes at them as something they hear without necessarily understanding it. Then poems come along and hit the same channel, sound, rhythm, rhyme, repetition and all the other tricks in the poet's bag.

Poems are also places where you don't have to say it all, they don't have to tie it up in a neat knot in the way that stories usually do. Poems can end with questions. Poems can end with no answers. Poems can pose problems. And that's fine, because life doesn't usually finish with neat little endings. Life itself is full of questions and problems. Particularly for children.

Poetry is great for what is almost the opposite of this: pretending we aren't who we say we are. Poets write poems where they pretend to be goddesses, houses, worms, graves, long dead ancestors, aliens. This allows poets to explore feelings they didn't know they had, and in so doing, they invite children to wonder about other lives, other states of existence, other possibilities.

Poems are often full of echoes, gathering together hints and memories of other poems, other stories, films, signs, speeches. They gather up and change words. It's as if poems like this point us at the very language we see and hear around us and invite us to stop, think and wonder if the words we are used to are right, honest or worthwhile. For children, this is especially important. If you think for a moment, very nearly all children enter school, using a language that is theirs, only to find that school is full of language that seems to belong to other people. If poetry plays with language and, through its music, invites children to remember and imitate it, this becomes a language that they can possess."

photograph - Graham Turner

... AND A WARNING TO GROWN-UPS FROM THE AUTHORS OF THE JUMBLE BOOK

Poetry is fun. Do not spoil it.

Do not make children read this book for homework. If you do you may be vaporized by a death ray.

Poems are allowed to have rude words because they are literature, so bum to you.

Do not ask children how these poems make them feel. It is a stupid question.

Do not try to analyse these poems: they may self-detonate.

If you can’t see the sense of it, that’s probably your fault.

Poems do not have to be written in grammatical sentences or have correct
punctuation, so nurch.

Do not tell people off for daydreaming. Poems come from daydreams.

Never make anyone copy out a poem. It spoils it.

Do not make children read these poems aloud in front of the whole class. If you do, you will be kidnapped by aliens and taken to Alpha Centauri and forced to mark Year Six homework for a thousand years.

Issued by the Galactic Authority and dictated by telepathy to Ken Follett, who wrote it all down with no crossings out.


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