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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.