Top 10 Best Poetry Books for 11-year-olds

Bursting with vibrant verse, poignant poetry and rip-roaring rhymes, these wonderful poetry books are sure to enchant young readers. See below for the best poetry books for 11-year-olds.

1. Kings and Queens

Eleanor & Herbert Farjeon

Featuring wonderful illustrations by Robin Jacques, this brilliantly funny collection features all forty-one English Kings and Queens since William I. It has delighted young readers and adults for generations, making history a whole lot of fun!

2. Cosmic Disco

Grace Nichols

This glittering galaxy of poems is all about the amazing universe, written by one of the UK's most exciting contemporary poets. Discover comic riddles, animals and nature, home truths and the explosive wonder of the cosmos in this poetic voyage to outer space.

3. Reaching the Stars: Poems About Extraordinary Women and Girls

Jan Dean, Liz Brownlee & Michaela Morgan

This inspirational collection celebrates the incredible achievements of women and girls throughout history. It includes poems about Malala Yousafzai, Rosa Parks, Helen Keller and many more amazing individuals.

4. Lost Magic: The Best of Brian Moses

Brian Moses

This beautiful collection features more than 100 of the very best children's poems by Brian Moses, one of Britain's favourite poets. Discover the delights of 'Aliens Stole My Underpants', 'Lost Magic', 'The Sssnake Hotel', 'Walking with My Iguana' and many more. Children are sure to be inspired, moved... and laughing their socks off!

5. What Are We Fighting For?

Roger Stevens

This poignant collection explores the concept of war in an engaging and accessible way. Fascinating and moving in equal measure, it features poems about brave dogs, cats and pigeons; the Christmas truce of WWI; poems about rationing and what it was like to be an evacuee. This book is the perfect way to get young readers thinking about both the historical and philosophical aspects of war.

6. Wonderland: Alice in Poetry

Michaela Morgan

The inquisitive Alice, the bossy White Rabbit, the fearsome Queen of Hearts and the nonsensical Mad Hatter have enchanted children and adults alike for generations. In this book, the poems of Lewis Carroll are celebrated, from the sublime to the surreal. The book features classic favourites such as 'Jabberwocky' and 'The Walrus and the Carpenter', as well as a plethora of contemporary poems from poets including Michaela Morgan, Grace Nichols, Jan Dean and Roger McGough, each putting their own spin on the classic texts.

7. The Nonsense Verse of Edward Lear

Edward Lear & John Vernon Lord

This gorgeous book constitutes an exciting introduction to the wacky world of Edward Lear, the creator of 'The Owl and the Pussy-cat'. The book includes his most famous poems, as well as less familiar works that are nonetheless equally as magical. The poems are complemented by John Vernon Lord's stunning illustrations, which capture the spirit and satire of Lear's work perfectly. Children will be captivated and amused by this brilliantly nonsensical collection.

8. Cloud Busting

Malorie Blackman

Sam doesn't want to be friends with Davey. Davey isn't cool, and Sam thinks he's a first class moron. But when Davey saves Sam's life, a bond is formed between the boys. Little by little, Sam will realise that when it's just the two of them, Davey is actually a lot of fun. But then, something terrible happens to Davey... will their friendship be over for good? This touching and inspiring tale follows the development of a wonderful friendship. Each chapter is written in a different style of poetry, making this an uplifting and brilliant piece of writing.

9. The Hunting of the Snark

Lewis Carroll & Chris Riddell

Lewis Carroll's timeless, fantastical poem has enthralled young readers for generations. It features a curious cast of characters drawn from the Jabberwocky in Through the Looking Glass. Chris Riddell adds his irresistible illustrations to the classic poem, which was originally published in 1876. This legendary nonsense poem is truly unmissable for young readers.

10. A Poem for Every Night of the Year

Allie Esiri

This magnificent collection features 366 poems, one to share every night of the year. Each poem features an introductory paragraph, and each has a connection with the date on which they appear. Shakespeare celebrates midsummer night, Lewis Carroll's wacky verse arrives on April Fool's Day, and Maya Angelou features on International Women's Day. From familiar favourites to exciting up-and-coming talent, the book includes poems from A. A. Milne, Christina Rossetti, Carol Ann Duffy and Benjamin Zephaniah.

  • AHLYJ
    Grace Nichols
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    A sparkling galaxy of new poems by one of the UK's most exciting contemporary poets. From Aurora Borealis, Sun - You're a Star and A Matter of Holes, to Lady Winter's Rap, the Earthworm Sonnet and You - a Universe Yourself, this is brilliant poetry with an astonishing range - comic riddles, animals and nature, home truths and the explosive wonder of the cosmos.
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    Edward Lear
    9 years +
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    Welcome to the world of Edward Lear! Wonderfully reissued in 2012 to celebrate the bicentenary of Edward Lear, this exquisitely-illustrated hardback is a classic in the making. John Vernon's Lord's stunning illustrations completely capture the spirit and satirical wit of Lear's work, conveying a lifelong enthusiasm for Lear's nonsense. 'Nonsense is the breath of my nostrils', wrote Edward Lear (1812-88). This is the perfect gift for both Lear fans and those discovering his work for the first time.
  • ASZDY
    Chris Riddell
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    They sought it with thimbles, they sought it with care; They pursued it with forks and hope; They threatened its life with a railway-share; They charmed it with smiles and soap. Lewis Carroll's magnificent nonsense poem The Hunting of the Snark features an unlikely cast of characters drawn from the Jabberwocky in Through the Looking Glass. This irresistible new version is illustrated, and has an introduction by, Chris Riddell. This will be luxury edition with both black and white and colour artwork, ribbon marker and gold sprayed edges. It was first published by Macmillan in 1876.
  • APIEC 9 years +
    Eleanor Farjeon
    9 years +
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    This is a highly entertaining collection of poems about all forty-one English Kings and Queens since William I. Reissued in Puffin Poetry Kings and Queens is an authentic classic that has delighted young readers and adults alike. With wonderfully witty illustrations by Robin Jacques, history has never been so much fun!
  • AIUES
    Roger Stevens
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    What Are We Fighting For? explores the concept of war in a brilliantly accessible way for younger readers. Fascinating and moving in equal measure, there are poems about incredibly brave dogs, cats and pigeons; the Christmas truce of WWI when soldiers played football in No Man's Land; poems about rationing and what it was like to be an evacuee, poems about modern warfare and the reality of war today; plus lots of amazing true historical facts. This cross-curricular poetry book is a brilliant way to get young readers thinking about both the historical and philosophical aspects of war.
  • AOLYO 9 years +
    Malorie Blackman
    9 years +
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    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.
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    Lost Magic is a beautiful collection of the very best children's poems by Brian Moses, one of Britain's favourite children's poets. Lost Magic contains over a hundred poems, including such favourites as 'Walking with My Iguana' 'The Lost Angels', 'Aliens Stole My Underpants', 'Behind the Staffroom Door', 'Lost Magic', 'The Sssnake Hotel', 'A Feather from an Angel', 'Cakes in the Staffroom' and many, many more.
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    Michaela Morgan
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    Lewis Carroll's Alice has been enchanting children for 150 years. Curious Alice, the bossy White Rabbit, the formidable Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter are among the best-loved, most iconic literary creations of all time. In Alice Poetry, we celebrate the poems of Lewis Carroll, from the sublime to the surreal, including popular favourites such as Jabberwocky , The Walrus and the Carpenter and Tweedledum and Tweedledee. In addition to these classic, beloved poems, this beautiful collection features many contemporary poems from editor Michaela Morgan and a host of popular poets, including Roger McGough, John Agard, Grace Nichols, Rachel Rooney, Tony Mitton, Vivian French, Cheryl Moskowitz, Joseph Coehlo, and Jan Dean, each one putting their own spin on these classic texts.
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    Allie Esiri
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    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.
  • AXGTH
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    This feisty collection of brand-new poems is a celebration of the achievements of women and girls throughout history. It includes poems about Malala Yousafzai, Rosa Parks, Margaret Hamilton, Ada Lovelace, Helen Keller, Mary Shelley, Edith Cavell and many more.