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Inspire a budding poet with Book People's selection of poetry books for kids. From funny poems to poems chronicling important events and times, they're all available at unbelievable prices. Browse our selection of children's poetry books today!

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Children's Poetry Books

  • The Lost Words

    Robert Macfarlane

    Product Code: BKJDJ
    Hardback 5 years +
    From bestselling Landmarks author Robert Macfarlane -- a gorgeous, illustrated collection of spell-poems to re-wild the language of childrenAll over the country, there are words disappearing from children's lives -- words from the natural world, from the countryside and the landscape. Words like Dandelion, Otter, Bramble and Acorn should be familiar to every child: they are the simple, beautiful symbols of nature as seen by a child. They represent a space of discovery and imagination, of play and freedom. Yet this rich landscape is rapidly fading from children's minds.The Lost Words stands against the disappearance of wild childhood. It is a joyful celebration of the poetry of nature words and the living glory of our plant- and animal-filled countryside. With acrostic spell-poems by peerless wordsmith Robert Macfarlane and hand-painted illustration by Jackie Morris, this enchanting book captures the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages.

    Winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2019.

    Joint winner of the British Book Award Children's Book of the Year 2018.
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  • The Puffin Book of Utterly Brilliant Poetry

    Brian Patten

    Product Code: AADFE
    Paperback 7 years +
    This is a celebratory anthology of the best of Puffin poetry publishing, including poems by Roger McGough, Michael Rosen, Charles Causley, Benjamin Zephaniah, Jackie Kay, Spike Milligan, John Agard, Brian Patten, Allan Ahlberg and Kit Wright. Each poet's work is illustrated by a different artist such as Emma Chichester Clark, Fritz Wegner and Korky Paul.
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  • Once Upon a Raindrop

    James Carter

    Product Code: BQXGU
    Hardback
    Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of water and discover the story of H20 from its very beginning. Engaging, informative poetry flows over the pages and stunning illustrations bring this story to rushing, gushing life.
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  • A First Book of Animals

    Nicola Davies

    Product Code: BXGEU
    Paperback
    A dazzling collection of poems by Nicola Davies, featuring over fifty different kinds of animals - beautifully illustrated by Petr Horacek. Nicola Davies, the award-winning author of A First Book of Nature, presents a spellbinding treasury of poems about the animal world, illustrated in breathtaking detail by Petr Horacek. Polar bears playing on the ice, tigers hunting in the jungle, fireflies twinkling in the evening sky and nightingales singing in the heart of the woods - there are animals everywhere. From blue whales to bumblebee bats and everything in between, A First Book of Animals takes you all over the planet to visit all kinds of different creatures. This book is a glorious celebration of life in the wild in all its variety and splendour, and belongs on every child's bookshelf. Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal.
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  • A Poem for Every Night of the Year

    Allie Esiri

    Product Code: AUWAN
    Hardback
    A Poem For Every Night of the Year is a magnificent collection of 366 poems compiled by Allie Esiri, one to share for every night of the year. The poems - together with introductory paragraphs - have a link to the date on which they appear. Shakespeare celebrates midsummer night, Maya Angelou International Women's Day and Lewis Carroll April Fool's day. Perfect for reading aloud and sharing with all the family, it contains a full spectrum of poetry from familiar favourites to exciting contemporary voices. Alfred, Lord Tennyson, W. B. Yeats, A. A. Milne and Christina Rossetti sit alongside Roger McGough, Carol Ann Duffy and Benjamin Zephaniah.
    • £17.09
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  • When We Were Very Young

    AA Milne

    Product Code: ARCEE
    Hardback
    Curl up with a A A Milne's classic book of poetry for children, When We Were Very Young. This is the first volume of rhymes written especially for children by A A Milne - as popular now as when they were first written. Featuring E H Shepard's original illustrations, When We Were Very Young is a heart-warming and funny introduction to children's poetry, offering the same sense of humour, imagination and whimsy that we've come to expect from his favourite books about Winnie-the-Pooh, that Bear of Very Little Brain.
    • £12.39
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  • Now We are Six

    AA Milne

    Product Code: ARCED
    Hardback
    Curl up with a A. A. Milne's classic book of poetry for children, Now We Are Six. This work includes poems for children which feature Pooh helping Christopher Robin with his schoolwork (if helping is the word). It is an evocation of childhood, through the eyes of the six-year-old Robin. Featuring E. H. Shepard's original illustrations, Now We Are Six is a heart-warming and funny introduction to children's poetry, offering the same sense of humour, imagination and whimsy that we've come to expect from his favourite books about Winnie-the-Pooh, that Bear of Very Little Brain.
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  • Poems to Live Your Life By

    Chris Riddell

    Product Code: BRIAK
    Hardback
    In Poems to Live Your Life By, Chris Riddell, political cartoonist for the Observer, has selected his very favourite classic and modern poems about life, death and everything in between. This gorgeously illustrated collection includes forty-six poems and is divided into sections covering: musings, youth, family, love, imaginings, nature, war and endings. Chris Riddell brings them to life with his exquisite, intricate artwork in this beautiful anthology. This perfect gift features famous poems, old and new, and a few surprises. Classic verses from William Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, W. B. Yeats and Christina Rossetti sit alongside poems from Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, Carol Ann Duffy, Neil Gaiman and Roger McGough to create the ultimate collection.
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  • Once Upon a Star

    James Carter

    Product Code: BMQLN
    Hardback
    Once upon a star there were no stars to shine no Sun to rise no Sun to set no day no night nor any time Discover the origins of the universe and how our solar system was formed. The narrative verse takes the reader on an immersive journey through space and time, illuminated by striking, dynamic illustrations. The worlds of poetry and non-fiction collide to create a beautiful, unique picture book about our Sun.
    • £10.79
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  • The Cat in the Hat

    Dr. Seuss

    Product Code: BCWXW
    Hardback 3 years +
    The one and only Cat in the Hat from the iconic Dr. Seuss gets a brand new look for his 60th birthday, in this very special slipcase edition with original sketches from the making of the book. It's the Cat in the Hat's 60th birthday - and you're invited to the party! The iconic Cat in the Hat from the one and only Dr. Seuss is now available in this very special 60th birthday celebration slipcase edition, which includes an exclusive collection of Dr. Seuss's original sketches from the creation of the book. When Sally and her brother are left alone, they think they're in for a dull day - until the Cat in the Hat steps in on the mat, bringing with him mayhem and madness! This is the classic book that every child should have the joy of reading. The perfect book for early readers, this wonderful gift edition is perfect for introducing a worldwide favourite to a whole new generation.
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  • All Aboard the London Bus

    Patricia Toht

    Product Code: AZNDO
    Hardback
    Come! Board the London Bus and see the London sights with us. At any time, hop off, explore! Then climb back on, and ride some more...As a family of four spend a day exploring London, fun, child-friendly poems introduce readers to our wonderful capital city, and all its secrets. Well-known landmarks like Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the London Eye, plus inescapable features like rain and taking tea, all get Patty Toht's witty treatment. Non-fiction facts provide more information about the subjects, while rising star Sam Usher brings them to life with his signature style and humour. This gorgeous celebration of London will be loved by both tourists and those who call the city home.
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  • A Great Big Cuddle

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: AOYZA
    Hardback
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    Two of the biggest names in children's publishing, Michael Rosen and Chris Riddell, come together in a new poetry collection. The poems in A Great Big Cuddle fizz off the page with sound and rhythm, energy and laughter, as Rosen captures in the most remarkable way what it means to be very, very young. A child's world with all its details and feelings - toys and games, animals and made-up creatures, likes and dislikes - is vividly conjured up in the most memorable, playful language, and Chris Riddell has produced some his most extraordinary pictures ever to bring this world to life. It's a book that will be enjoyed by the oldest grown-up and the youngest child - and a future classic.

    Joint winner of the CLPE Children's Poetry Award 2016

    This book is longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2017.
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  • A First Book of Nature

    Nicola Davies

    Product Code: AJLIF
    Paperback 5 years +
    This is an exquisite book that evokes a child's first experience of nature. From beachcombing to stargazing, from watching squirrels, ducks and worms to making berry crumble or a winter bird feast, this is a remarkable book - part poetry, part scrapbook of recipes, facts and fragments - and a glorious reminder that the natural world is on our doorstep waiting to be discovered. Mark Hearld's pictures beautifully reproduce the colours of the seasons on woodfree paper, and Nicola Davies' lyrical words capture the simple loveliness that is everywhere, if only we can look. It is the winner of the English 4-11 Award. It is exquisitely illustrated by a top contemporary illustrator and written by an award-winning non-fiction writer. It encourages children to go outdoors to explore and enjoy the natural world.
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  • A First Book of Nature

    Nicola Davies

    Product Code: AHBBG
    Hardback
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    This is an exquisite book that evokes a child's first experience of nature. From beach combing to stargazing, from watching squirrels, ducks and worms to making berry crumble or a winter bird feast, this is a remarkable book - part poetry, part scrapbook of recipes, facts and fragments - and a glorious reminder that the natural world is on our doorstep waiting to be discovered. Mark Hearld's pictures beautifully reproduce the colours of the seasons on woodfree paper, and Nicola Davies' lyrical words capture the simple loveliness that is everywhere, if only we can look. The colours of Nature's seasons are beautifully reproduced on woodfree paper.
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  • Poems to Fall in Love With

    Chris Riddell

    Product Code: CAWXC
    Hardback
    In Poems to Fall in Love With Chris Riddell has selected and illustrated his very favourite classic and modern poems about love. This gorgeously illustrated collection celebrates love in all its guises, from silent admiration through passion to tearful resignation. These poems speak of the universal experiences of the heart and are brought to life with Chris's exquisite, intricate artwork. This perfect gift features famous poems, old and new, and a few surprises. Classic verses sit alongside the modern to create the ultimate collection. Includes poems from Neil Gaiman, Nikita Gill, Carol Ann Duffy, E. E. Cummings, Shakespeare, Leonard Cohen, Derek Walcott, Hollie McNish, Kate Tempest, John Betjeman and Roger McGough and many more.
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  • A Songbird Dreams of Singing

    Kate Hosford

    Product Code: CBQXL
    Hardback
    Do you know how animals sleep? Otters fall asleep while holding hands; zebra finches practise their songs while dreaming; dolphins keep one half of their brain awake . . . Beautiful poems about sleeping animals are interspersed with fascinating facts and beautiful illustrations - making this the perfect bedtime book!
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  • Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year

    Allie Esiri

    Product Code: BZPHE
    Hardback
    William Shakespeare wrote at least 37 plays, 154 sonnets and a handful of longer poems and you can discover them all here. Each page of Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year contains an extract of his genius - a soliloquy, poem, quote or scene matched to the date. The introductory paragraphs serve as a window into the work, time and life of the greatest writer in the English language. This beautiful gift anthology is perfect for reading or sharing and brings you Shakespeare's best-known and best-loved classics alongside less well-worn extracts. With Allie Esiri's entertaining and insightful thoughts on each entry, this book will fill your year with wonder, laughter, wisdom and wit.
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  • That Summer

    Inger Hagerup

    Product Code: CBIWI
    Hardback
    Following last season's Little Parsley, this new Hagerup volume was first published in Norway in 1971. At the time, it was a literary scandal for offering free verse to children, who were best suited, as the critics claimed, to the orderly rhymes of established poetic forms. Time and the inherently free and wild forms of youthful imagination have proven the critics completely wrong. Gorgeously illustrated by Paul Rene Gauguin, with his most antic line, as well as hand lettered, and playfully translated by Beck Crook, this collection of Hagerup poems is pure pleasure.
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  • Midnight Feasts: Tasty poems chosen by A.F. Harrold

    A.F. Harrold

    Product Code: CAYAK
    Hardback
    One thing that unites us all - across time, nations and peoples - is food. From chocolate, rice pudding and sandwiches to breakfast in bed, banana phones and the fruit of a mythical jelabi tree, A.F. Harrold has brought together a wonderful and diverse collection of poems on the topic of food. Beautifully illustrated in full colour by rising star Katy Riddell (daughter of former Children's Laureate, Chris Riddell), this rich and delicious anthology brings together work from a broad range of poets, including the magically observant William Carlos Williams, award-winning Joseph Coelho and the inspiring Sabrina Mahfouz. Whether you're in the mood for a perfect bowl of yoghurt or a pomegranate omelette, these poems will satisfy any food craving. The perfect gift for any poetry or food lover!
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  • Look Up at the Stars

    Katie Cotton

    Product Code: CAVLZ
    Hardback
    Look up at the stars, so high above me. If I could just hold one, how happy I'd be! A parent and child go in search of a star, but what will happen when they find it out of reach? This lyrical picture book celebrates imagination, adventure, coming home - and the idea that sometimes what you are looking for is right under your nose.
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  • If I Were the Moon

    Sheree Fitch

    Product Code: BZPRV
    Hardback
    If I were the moon / I'd shine down my light / Right into your bedroom / To warm up the night. A timeless bedtime book that "beautifully captures that perfect moment when a child is tucked up in bed, spellbound by the voice of an older sibling or an adult sharing a special book" (Books in Canada). With lyrical text, lit up by soft and gentle illustrations, If I Were the Moon makes its triumphant return to print in a beautiful hardcover just in time for its twentieth anniversary.
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  • The Night Before Christmas

    Clement Moore

    Product Code: BZJYJ
    Hardback
    As expectation mounts on Christmas Eve, a boy hears sleigh bells ringing and looks out of the window in time to see Santa arrive. Santa comes down the chimney (this is a fun picture as the book is tall and thin) and delivers the presents while pretending he does not notice the boy watching. Off he rides with all his favourite reindeer, and it's time for Christmas to begin! Told in verse that's perfect to recite aloud with all the family gathered around, this poem has stood the test of time since it was first written almost 200 years ago.
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  • The Black Flamingo

    Dean Atta

    Product Code: BYYJX
    Hardback
    Fiercely told, this is a powerful coming-of-age story told in verse, from one of the UK's leading poets, Dean Atta. Perfect for fans of Sarah Crossan and Poet X. A boy comes to terms with his identity as a mixed-race gay teen - then at university he finds his wings as a drag artist, The Black Flamingo. A bold story about the power of embracing your uniqueness. Sometimes, we need to take charge, to stand up wearing pink feathers - to show ourselves to the world in bold colour. 'I masquerade in makeup and feathers and I am applauded.' "A bold and joyous hymn to self-discovery and acceptance" The Bookseller
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  • Little Parsley

    Inger Hagerup

    Product Code: BXYKU
    Hardback
    T he combination of handwritten, informal verse and Paul Ren Gauguin's avant garde illustration s has proven to be an irresistible and endlessly delightful combination for children and adults a like . A live with sound, shape, and color , Hagerup's children's poems are still known by heart by every Norwegian child and collections of her poetry can be found on every child's bookshelf.
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A valuable aide for your child’s listening, rhyme is an extremely powerful way of improving kids’ memories in a friendly way through thrilling characters such as dinosaurs, Santa Claus and more.

Enjoy multiple stories at once

Children’s poetry books transfix your little ones’ minds in a way that traditional books simply cannot. Poem anthologies allow multiple fascinating tales to be told in quick succession. Kids will enjoy reciting and reliving their favourite stanzas for many years to come, and might even want to have a crack at writing their own, too!

Great fun for the whole family

Popular poetry books for children aren’t just enjoyed by kids alone. Timeless classics such as Roald Dahl’s Songs and Verse can be shared by the whole family in a way that bonds parent and child in a one-of-a-kind way.

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