The Best Poetry Books for Kids
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Kids are never too young to be exposed to poetry. It’s fun to play with words, and poetry is one of the best ways to do that. When my kids were little, they loved listening to me read poems to them (Truck Talk was our favorite in this boy house!). And my oldest listened to them so much that he could recite most of them by heart. There are tons of good poetry books for children, but you can also find excellent choices in anthologies for older readers that are perfectly fine for kids. William Wordsworth and Carl Sandburg are two of my favorites.
Some of my favorite poetry books for children are listed below. I also have a free printable library checklist and poetry activity for you–scroll down and get your copy. If you have any suggestions for our poetry book list, be sure to leave a comment.
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Our favorite poetry books for kids
- Poems to Learn by Heart
- A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children
- Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons
- Truck Talk: Rhymes on Wheels
- The Llama Who Had No Pajama: 100 Favorite Poems
- The 20th Century Children’s Poetry Treasury
- Eric Carle’s Animals Animals
- A Child’s Book of Poems
- The Random House Book of Poetry for Children
- Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings
- Stories and Poems for Extremely Intelligent Children of All Ages
- When We Were Very Young
- A Child’s Calendar
- Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices
- The Real Mother Goose
- Child’s Introduction to Poetry
- A Pizza the Size of the Sun
- Revolting Rhymes
- Poetry for Young People: Walt Whitman
- Poetry for Young People: Carl Sandburg
- Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes
- Harlem (Caldecott Honor Book)
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