Do you love poetry and want to inspire the same love in your child, are trying to teach young children to read and write poetry, or simply looking to spark your own enjoyment of the genre. Poetry can seem intimidating at first glance, but knowing where to start, and starting simple, are often a good idea. These books are full of poetry that is suited for all ages, the young and young at heart. So, regardless of the reason you might want to venture into the worlds of poetry, these books are a great place to start.
- Falling Up (or any collections) by Shel Silverstein
- The World of Christopher Robin; the Complete When We Were Very Young and Now We are Six by A.A. Milne
- A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
- Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
- Sad Underwear and Other Complications: More Poems for Children and Their Parents by Judith Viorst
- Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer
- A Pizza the Size of the Sun by Jack Prelutsky
- Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman
- Forest Has a Song: Poems by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
- A Dazzling Display of Dogs by Betsy Franco
- It’s Raining Pigs and Noodles by Jack Prelutsky
- Kids Pick The Funniest Poems by Bruce Lansky
- The Bill Martin Jr Big Book of Poetry by Bill Martin Jr.
There are, of course, many more fantastic books of poetry and novels in verse out there for us all to enjoy. If you have a favorite that I missed please share it with us in the comments so that others can discover it too!