Top 10 Best Poetry Books for 7-year-olds

Children will be inspired, moved and entertained by these wonderful poetry books. Featuring renowned poets such as Michael Rosen, Lewis Carroll and Julia Donaldson, as well as new and exciting talent, see below for the best poetry books for 7-year-olds.

1. 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.

2. Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots

Michael Rosen & David Tazzyman

This riotous celebration of words features silly words, funny words, new words, old words, and the very best words in the right order! This absolutely hilarious book from prolific poet Michael Rosen is filled with witty wordplay and thought-provoking story poems, and is sure to delight children.

3. The Puffin Book of Utterly Brilliant Poetry

Brian Patten

This exuberant collection features the very best in Puffin poetry publishing, including poems by Michael Rosen, Benjamin Zephaniah, Allan Ahlberg and Spike Milligan. Each poet's work is illustrated by a different artist, including Emma Chichester Clark, Fritz Wegner and Korky Paul. This is a rich and exciting introduction to poetry from some of the very best children's poets and illustrators.

4. 100 Brilliant Poems for Children

Paul Cookson

This wonderfully fun and inspiring collection features a diverse variety of fantastic poems, including classics from Shakespeare and Wordsworth, as well as stunning contemporary poems. Perfect for dipping into or for immersing yourself in, both children and adults will love this book.

5. Please Mrs Butler

Allan Ahlberg & Fritz Wegner

This hilarious poetry book is all about school, and is therefore hugely relatable for kids, guaranteed to delight and amuse. It features typical classroom events, such as the problem of copycats, bickering, making up, swaps, picking teams and forming gangs. The poems are complemented by Fritz Wegner's beautiful line drawings.

6. Crazy Mayonnaisy Mum

Julia Donaldson & Nick Sharratt

This wacky and wonderful book from the master of rhyme, Julia Donaldson, features a sequence of number rhymes, action rhymes, noisy rhymes as well as more poignant pieces. Children are sure to love this exuberant book, fantastically illustrated by the brilliant Nick Sharratt.

7. Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

T. S. Eliot & Axel Scheffler

If you love cats, you'll love this book! Some cats are sane, some are crazy, some are good and some are bad. Meet the cast of cats that inspired the West End musical in these wonderful original poems, including the magical Mr Mistoffelees, sleepy Old Deuteronomy and curious Rum Tum Tugger.

8. Because a Fire Was in My Head

Michael Morpurgo & Quentin Blake

Renowned children's author Michael Morpurgo presents this stunning collection of 101 poems, illustrated by Roald Dahl collaborator Quentin Blake. The perfect introduction to poetry, it features a diverse range of poems from poets including Benjamin Zephaniah, Spike Milligan, William Shakespeare and Lewis Carroll. This is a poetry anthology to be treasured forever.

9. 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 has a connection with the date on which it appears. 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.

10. Revolting Rhymes

Roald Dahl

In this riotous read, Roald Dahl dispenses with happily ever afters and opts for more horrible endings as he retells six famous fairy-tales. Cinderella chooses not to marry the prince when he reveals a surprisingly cruel streak. Snow White befriends seven jockeys who are compulsive gamblers, and Goldilocks proves to be a real thug! This hilarious poetry book will have readers in stitches.

  • AADFE 7 years +
    7 years +
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    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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    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.
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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 & 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.
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    Michael Morpurgo
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    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.
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    Paul Cookson
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    From Paul Cookson comes 100 Brilliant Poems For Children, featuring the best of the absolute best. The essential poems for every child to read and enjoy.
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    Allan Ahlberg
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    This witty collection of poems about school is full of typical classroom events that will be recognized and enjoyed by everyone: the candid revelations in a pupil's newsbook, the problem of copycats, bickering, making up, swaps, picking teams, and forming gangs. Fritz Wegner's line drawings beautifully complement the hilarious and poignant verses. "Please Mrs Butler" was voted the most important twentieth-century children's poetry book in a Books for Keeps poll.
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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.
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    Roald Dahl
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    Roald Dahl dispenses with the usual happily ever after endings in the retelling of six famous fairy tales in Revolting Rhymes.

    Cinderella decides not to marry her prince when he reveals a surprisingly callous streak, Snow White befriends seven jockeys who are compulsive gamblers and Goldilocks proves to be a real hoodlum!

    This hilarious collection will have readers aged five and above in stitches. Colour illustrations throughout.
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    Michael Rosen
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    A riotous celebration of words - silly words, funny words, words you only use in your own family, new words, old words, and the very best words in the right order. Melon Melon squashy, melon sloshy. My friend Helen's eating melon. So far, so good with Helen and her melon. But here's what I'm tellin' Helen: 'Don't SIT on your melon, Helen!' Packed with silly rhymes, witty wordplay and thought-provoking story poems, this new collection of poems will delight children of all ages. Michael Rosen is the bestselling author of We're Going on a Bear Hunt, along with many other picture books and collections of poetry.
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    Julia Donaldson
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    CRAZY MAYONNAISY MUM is packed with all sorts of poems and rhymes including a sequence of number rhymes, action rhymes, noisy rhymes and more thoughtful pieces too. A real joy. Noisy Garden If tigerlilies and dandelions growled, And cowslips mooed, and dogroses howled, And snapdragons roared and catmint miaowed, My garden would be extremely loud. A fantastic collection of poems for the very young from acknowledged master of rhyme and author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson.