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.

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1. The Hunting of the Snark

  • £10.39

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

  • £14.89

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

  • £10.39

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

  • £6.89

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

  • £6.29

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

  • £5.89

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

  • £13.69

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

  • £7.69

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

  • £13.59

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

  • £3.99

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.