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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

  • Please Mrs. Butler

    Allan Ahlberg

    Product Code: AEAUL
    Paperback 7 years +
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    Please Mrs. Butler is a witty collection of poems about school written by award- and prize-winning poet Allan Ahlberg.

    The poems cover a range of recognisable topics that will be enjoyed by everyone: the problems of copycats, bickering, picking teams, and forming gangs.

    Throughout the book there are beautiful illustrations by Fritz Wegner, which are perfect at complementing the hilarious and poignant verses.
    • £6.29
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  • How To Write Poems

    Joseph Coelho

    Product Code: BMUEU
    Paperback 7 years +
    How to Write Poems is packed with exciting activities to get your pen flowing! Make poems out of leaves, carve out a mud poem, go on an outdoors simile hunt, and play poetry games in the playground. Whether you already write poems, you've never written before, or you're not even sure what a poem is - this is the book for you. Full of useful tips and starting points, How to Write Poems will make you chuckle, make you think, and inspire you to write your own poetry. Join popular poet Joseph Coelho as he explores a mind-boggling selection of poetry: from laughable limericks to poetic puns, and from ridiculous rhymes to silly sibilance. Pick up this book, grab a pen, and get going!
    • £7.49
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  • Quick, Let's Get Out of Here

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: APGNV
    Paperback 7 years +
    The yucky things your brother does, the annoying things your parents say, the funny things you feel. Michael Rosen knows all about You! Family life from the brilliant Michael Rosen & Quentin Blake.
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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.
    • £11.69
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  • Off by Heart

    Roger Stevens

    Product Code: APVFK
    Paperback 5 years +
    A wonderful collection of poems that are easy to remember and perfect to recite out loud. New, modern and classic poems, ranging from very short to long. The book also includes tips for readers, teachers and parents on how to memorise poems and on performing them out loud. Perfect for the memorising and performance elements in the new primary National Curriculum. Aimed at readers aged 5+
    • £6.89
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  • Because a Fire Was in My Head

    Michael Morpurgo

    Product Code: AHCUQ
    Paperback 7 years +
    Published by Faber and Faber, edited by War Horse author and former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo and illustrated by Roald Dahl collaborator Quentin Blake, Because a Fire Was in my Head is a poetry anthology to treasure forever.

    Great for those just getting into poems or a perfect introduction, the book contains poems from a diverse range of writers. Comedian Spike Milligan's On the Ning Nang Nong is hilariously witty, Benjamin Zephaniah's Dis Fighting is an important and poignant piece that covers important themes, while John Lennon's I Sat Belonely has some trademark Beatles humour in it while Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky also offers an insight into a talented writer's mind.

    Other established poets featured in the book include John Keats, William Shakespeare, Robert Louis Stevenson and W. B. Yeats.
    • £7.69
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  • Don't Poke a Worm Till it Wriggles

    Celia Warren

    Product Code: APXIT
    Paperback 5 years +
    A delightful collection of poems for children, all about worms. It includes worm poems in various poetic forms, worm-related parodies of nursery rhymes, and lots more. With lots of fun and just a little environmental consciousness thrown in, this is a charming collection, perfect for KS1 children.
    • £4.89
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  • What Rhymes With Sneeze?

    Roger Stevens

    Product Code: APVBV
    Paperback 7 years +
    Like poems? Love rhymes? Then this is the book for you! Stuffed with brilliant rhyming poems written by Roger Stevens, with the help of some classic and contemporary poets from Gerard Benson to Hilaire Belloc, this book is all about celebrating the rhyme. It's packed with fascinating facts about how different kinds of rhymes work, and there's a bonus section full of tips and tricks on how to write brilliant rhyming poems. Packed with fantastic rhymes and all kinds of verse, this great collection by Roger Stevens takes the reader on a rhyming, rhythmic journey to discover just how fun messing about with rhymes can be.
    • £5.89
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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.
    • £12.29
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  • Beowulf

    Kevin Crossley-Holland

    Product Code: AHRET
    Paperback 7 years +
    'For a long while Beowulf leaned on the blood-stained sword; his heart was pounding. A man with the strength of thirty! Slayer of Grendel and slayer of the sea-wolf! A hero without equal in this middle-world!' The story of Beowulf was written down as an epic poem in Anglo-Saxon England. It recounts the heroic struggles of one man against supernatural monsters. Kevin Crossley-Holland's retelling unleashes the excitement in this tale of the triumph of good over evil, while unforgettable illustrations from Charles Keeping capture every brooding moment and explosive episode. This new edition features rescanned artwork to capture the breath-taking detail of Keeping's illustrations and a striking new cover.
    • £8.89
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  • The Highwayman

    Alfred Noyes

    Product Code: AHRDV
    Paperback 7 years +
    The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor, And the highwayman came riding- Riding-riding- The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door. In Alfred Noyes's thrilling poem, charged with drama and tension, we ride with the highwayman and recoil from the terrible fate that befalls him and his sweetheart Bess, the landlord's daughter. The vivid imagery of the writing is matched by Charles Keeping's haunting illustrations which won him the Kate Greenaway Medal. This new edition features rescanned artwork to capture the breath-taking detail of Keeping's illustrations and a striking new cover.
    • £7.19
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  • Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

    TS Eliot

    Product Code: AANVM
    Paperback 5 years +
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    Cats! Some are sane, some are mad and some are good and some are bad. Meet magical Mr Mistoffelees, sleepy Old Deuteronomy and curious Rum Tum Tugger. But you'll be lucky to meet Macavity because Macavity's not there! In 1925, T.S. Eliot became co-director of Faber and Faber, who remain his publishers to this day. Throughout the 1930s he composed the now famous poems about Macavity, Old Deuteronomy, Mr Mistoffelees and many other cats, under the name of 'Old Possum'. In 1981, Eliot's poems were set to music by Andrew Lloyd Webber as "Cats" which went on to become the longest-running Broadway musical in history. This charming new edition contains original colour illustrations by the award-winning illustrator of "The Gruffalo", Axel Scheffler.
    • £8.39
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  • Poetry Teacher's Book (Ages 5-11)

    Paul Cookson

    Product Code: BAJDT
    Paperback 5 years +
    This Teacher Resource Book, written by Paul Cookson, features workshop-style lessons based on different poetry types/genres. Each lesson focuses on a specific poem from one of the anthologies. The anthologies in this series are updated and revised versions of previously published titles, each with several brand new poems in them. There's an anthology for every place and topic. Make sure you've always got a verse rehearsed! Roaring dinosaur rhymes, silly school rhymes: even some revolting rhymes to get you groaning. You can rap or rhyme them, mime them out or tackle fiendish tongue-twisters. Heaps of rib-tickling rhymes to send you poetry potty, and it all supports the school curriculum.
    • £14.99
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  • A Million Brilliant Poems

    Roger Stevens

    Product Code: APXWU
    Paperback 7 years +
    The best collection of contemporary children's poems ever! Every anthology has one or two poems that seem to shout out: 'Hey! I'm the best. Read me again. Learn me by heart. Love me.' So here, for the first time, are all of those poems collected together - from the pens (and computer keyboards) of some of the finest poets in the land.
    • £6.89
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  • My Rhino Plays the Xylophone

    Graham Denton

    Product Code: APXJP
    Paperback 7 years +
    A collection of noted comic poet Graham Denton's hilarious poems for children. With poems on topics from sport to family to TV to aliens, and a lot of silliness thrown in, this is guaranteed to keep kids chuckling. A brilliant book to get young readers enjoying poetry, and a great resource for teachers looking for poems that kids will love to learn by heart.
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  • Sun Time Snow Time

    Grace Nichols

    Product Code: APVFM
    Paperback 7 years +
    Grace Nichols' first collection of poetry for children, Come on into my Tropical Garden, was published by A&C Black in 1988. 25 years on, A&C Black is proud to re-release this together with her second collection, Give Yourself a Hug, in a new single-volume edition. The Caribbean rhythms and culture that come through her writing blend with the experience of moving to Britain to make this a truly multicultural collection from one of our foremost poets.
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  • The Lady of Shalott

    Alfred Tennyson

    Product Code: AHRES
    Paperback 7 years +
    Four gray walls, and four gray towers, Overlook a space of flowers, And the silent isle imbowers The Lady of Shalott. Tennyson's romantic poem, full of atmosphere and emotion, tells the story of the mysterious Lady of Shalott. In this exquisite illustrated edition, Charles Keeping's evocative pictures take us to Camelot, a fabled world of knights and castles, to witness the cursed life and tragic death of a beautiful but doomed maiden. This new edition features rescanned artwork to capture the inspiring detail of Keeping's illustrations and a striking new cover.
    • £8.09
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  • Hot Like Fire Bind-up

    Valerie Bloom

    Product Code: AQAUC
    Paperback 7 years +
    This inspiring collection of poems is written by award-winning author and poet Valerie Bloom MBE.

    Ranging from global pollution, problems with maths homework and the sad demise of pet frogs, Valerie's poems cover a variety of subjects and are full of energy!
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  • 100 Best Poems for Children

    Sheila Moxley

    Product Code: AADWE
    Paperback 7 years +
    This is a wonderful collection of contemporary and classic poems chosen by children from schools around the UK. Roger McGough made the final selection and wrote the introduction.
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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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