Introduce children to the wondrous world of poetry with stories and verse that captures the imagination. Youngsters will chuckle at Dan Brown’s Wild Symphony, while older children will love the sly nature of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes. Malorie Blackman’s Cloud Busting offers the story of a friendship told in verse, while The Lost Spells by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris conjures up the magic of nature through short poems. For more inspiration including everything from silly verse to classic poetry, check out our best poetry books for children.
Whether you want to try writing your own poems or just learn more about the art in general, we’ve put together a handy list of our fave poetry types to get you started.
For younger readers
With a plethora of puns, ludicrous wordplay and completely ridiculous rhythms, these ten books are a great introduction for children new to poetry.