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Top 10 Best Poetry Books for 9-year-olds

These funny, poignant and engaging books are sure to inspire a love of poetry in young readers. Discover beloved favourites from Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear as well as exciting new poetry, guaranteed to delight kids. See below for the best poetry books for 9-year-olds.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Lost Magic: The Very 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!

4. 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.

5. What Rhymes with Sneeze?

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Roger Stevens

Bursting with brilliant rhyming poems, including both classic and contemporary favourites, this book celebrates the delights and the art of rhyme. It's filled with fascinating facts about how different kinds of rhyme work, as well as tips and tricks on how to write wonderful rhyming poetry. This fantastic collection takes the reader on a rhyming, rhythmic rollercoaster ride to discover just how fun creating rhymes can be!

6. 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.

7.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.

8. Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

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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.

9. 100 Brilliant Poems for Children

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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.

10. Please Mrs Butler

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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.