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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

  • Cloud Busting

    Malorie Blackman

    Product Code: AOLYO
    Paperback 9 years +
    Despite his Mum's insistence, Sam doesn't want to be friends with Davey, he thinks Davey's a first class, grade A, top of the dung heap moron. But one day Davey saves Sam's life and a bond is formed between them. Sam is still embarrassed to be seen with Davey, but little by little he has to admit, when it's just the two of them, Davey is a lot of fun. But then something terrible happens to Davey...Told in verse, in first person, this is the touching story of an extraordinary friendship, that changes two boys lives for ever. An uplifting tale that truly sings out.
    • £6.29
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  • A Laureate's Choice: 101 Poems for Children Chosen by Carol Ann Duffy

    Carol Ann Duffy

    Product Code: AKLCR
    Paperback 9 years +
    Carol Ann Duffy, the Poet Laureate, has chosen her favourite poems for children for this stunning collection of classic and modern verse, exquisitely illustrated by multi-award-winning illustrator Emily Gravett.
    • £6.89
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  • Talking Turkeys

    Benjamin Zephaniah

    Product Code: APGNU
    Paperback 9 years +
    One of the coolest poets for children, Benjamin Zephaniah's Talking Turkeys has something to say! Talking Turkeys is the very first ground-breaking children's poetry collection from street poet Benjamin Zephaniah. Playful, clever and provocative, this is performance poetry on the page at its very best.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.
    • £4.89
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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.
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  • Green Glass Beads

    Jacqueline Wilson

    Product Code: AGFVD
    Paperback 9 years +
    'The joy for me is that this is my anthology, and I love every single poem in this book.' Jacqueline Wilson This is a gorgeous, stunningly produced collection of classic and modern poems that girls will turn to again and again throughout their lives. Jacqueline has taken great delight in selecting and arranging her favourite poems for this book, and you can hear her voice in the beautiful poems she has chosen, making it a truly personal collection. There are poems that will make you smile, laugh, frown and cry, and poems that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
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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!
    • £7.19
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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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