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11 Must-Have Children’s Poetry Books for Your Home: National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month so I am celebrating with 11 must-have children’s poetry books!

I have tried to include poetry on a weekly if not daily basis in our home. Whether it is a quick reading at the beginning of the school day or a poem posted in the bathroom where someone might take the time to read it, poetry is a part of our life.

I know a lot of people are intimidated by poetry. I wrote a post about “How to Fall in Love with Poetry in 10 Minutes a Day” about several great (and short!) poetry podcasts to help you learn to love poems.

Also, you can discover 30 more ways to celebrate National Poetry Month here.

Today in honor of National Poetry Month I wanted to share some more of my favorite poetry resources for all ages.

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Favorite Poetry Anthologies for Children

1. The Random House Book of Poetry selected by Jack Prelutsky

This is my favorite book for everyday poetry. There are beautiful poems, silly poems, creepy poems, nature poems — just so many poems!

Selected by Jack Prelutsky–a great children’s poet– this books aims to please parents and children and worth every penny.


2. Poems to Learn by Heart by Caroline Kennedy

This book features a selection of the very best poems worth knowing. It also has lovely illustrations by Jon J Muth.


3. Eric Carle’s Animals Animals

This light-hearted collection features short poems about animals by a variety of poets accompanied by Eric Carles signature style illustrations. My kids loved to pick poems from this book for their poetry reading time.

4. A Child’s Book of Poems by Gyo Fujikawa

A book of beautiful poems by one of the most enchanting illustrators-WIN!  Featuring nearly 200 poems accompanied by lovely child-friendly illustrations, this book is a fantastic edition to your book shelf. He also has a version of A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson.

5. Favorite Poems Old and New by Helen Burris

This classic anthology features more than 700 poems! It is a favorite in many classrooms and a worth collection for any poetry lover-to-be.


6. Ambleside Online Year 1 Poetry Collection – FREE

Ambleside Online has gathered a lovely collection of poems of more than 200 classic poems that are divided by month so that many of the titles fit with the season. Other favorites are also included. You can just view online or print as needed. We have used this over and over again.


Favorite Children’s Poets

In addition to anthologies featuring multiple poets, there are also lovely poetry books for children featuring a single poet.


7. Poetry for Young People series

This series features multiple poems by a single poet such as Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes and Robert Frost. The series is a great way to highlight a single author and discover the range of their writing. There is also another similar series called Poetry for Kids that has many additional poets.

8. Shel Silverstein

Perhaps the most famous modern poet writing for children, Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic and Falling Up are must-haves for any parent who wants their child to fall in love with poems and wordplay.


9. Jack Prelutsky

Jack Prelutsky is another poet who focuses on children’s poetry. He has many books such as A Pizza the Size of the Sun and The New Kid on the Block.


10. Robert Louis Stevenson

A perennial favorite, Stevenson is famous for his poetry as well as his adventure tales such as Treasure Island. He really captures the imagination and wonder of childhood in his simple poems. There are dozens of versions with different illustrations.

11. A.A. Milne

Famous for Winnie the Pooh, Milne also wrote several poetry collections including When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six. They are perfect for a beginning poetry lover.


Of course, there are hundreds of wonderful poets you could introduce your children to and I hope you will. Poetry anthologies are a great way to do that.

Just open it up, read a poem out loud, and enjoy!

What are your favorite poetry books? Share in the comments or on my facebook page.


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8 thoughts on “11 Must-Have Children’s Poetry Books for Your Home: National Poetry Month

  1. Where the Sidewalk Ends is such a great one. I haven’t heard of some of these…we will have to check them out. I think my daughter would really enjoy the Animals Animals, thanks for sharing.

  2. I love these suggestions. We’ve recently gotten into poetry with my girls. We will have to give some of these suggestions a try!

  3. Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky are my FAVORITES! I have so many of their books from teaching that I can’t wait to share with my toddler when he’s older! And now I want the Eric Carle Animals one!

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