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.

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1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Lost Magic: The Very 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!

4. 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.

5. What Rhymes with Sneeze?

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

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

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

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

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

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.

  • AFEDA 9 years +
    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.
  • AEAUL 7 years +
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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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    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!
  • AUWAN
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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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    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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    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.
  • AOLYO 9 years +
    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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    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.
  • APVBV 7 years +
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    Like poems? Love rhymes? Then this is the book for you! Stuffed with brilliant rhyming poems written by Roger Stevens, with the help of some classic and contemporary poets from Gerard Benson to Hilaire Belloc, this book is all about celebrating the rhyme. It's packed with fascinating facts about how different kinds of rhymes work, and there's a bonus section full of tips and tricks on how to write brilliant rhyming poems. Packed with fantastic rhymes and all kinds of verse, this great collection by Roger Stevens takes the reader on a rhyming, rhythmic journey to discover just how fun messing about with rhymes can be.