Top 7 Best Poetry Books for 5-year-olds

Inspire a love of poetry in young readers with these fun and exciting poetry books. Featuring cheerful verse, hilarious rhymes and poignant poems, see below for the very best poetry books for 5-year-olds.

1. 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.

2. Jim

Hilaire Belloc & Mini Grey

First published in 1907, this classic cautionary tale follows a young boy called Jim, who runs away from his nurse and is eaten by a lion! This darkly hilarious poem will enthral children and features the wonderful illustrations of Mini Grey.

3. Little Lemur Laughing

Joshua Seigal

This collection of brilliantly funny poetry features a dragon's sneeze, a dinosaur, a wizard's spell, a monster's claw and so much more! This is the perfect book for introducing kids to poetry in a fun and engaging way.

4. Shuffle and Squelch

Julia Donaldson & Nick Sharratt

This bright and sunny poetry book is filled with all kinds of vibrant poetry, great for joining in with! There are rhymes to make you shuffle and squelch and clatter and patter, rhymes to make you gallop like a horse or slide down the banister! This ebullient book of poetry features the charming illustrations of Nick Sharratt and is sure to have kids giggling.

5. Over the Hills and Far Away

Elizabeth Hammill

This collection includes more than 150 rhymes from all over the English-speaking world, from Great Britain to Ghana, Canada to the Caribbean. It features beloved nursery rhymes as well as brand new much-loved poems. Each double-page spread features illustrations by a different artist, totalling over 76 individual artists. The book is filled with works by international award-winners and bestselling illustrators as well as fresh, flourishing talent. A true poetic journey around the world, this sumptuous book will captivate young readers.

6. Vikings in the Supermarket

Nick Sharratt

With six fantastic poems and lots of colourful pictures, children will be enthralled by this book of hilarious rhymes. Featuring six Vikings on a shopping trip, a tartan-patterned cat, a clever little mermaid, a mischievous vampire bat, a queen who loves green and the pirate Tidy Clyde, your child can discover them all in bouncing, bubbly verse.

7. I Can Read! Oxford Poetry for 5 Year Olds

John Foster

This vibrant poetry collection comprises 35 fun and engaging poems to share at home. It features a wonderful range of children's poets and four exciting themes. Complete with colourful pictures, this brilliant book is sure to inspire a love of poetry in young readers and will help them develop an understanding of poetry, in line with the National Curriculum.

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    There are 150 rhymes in this collection, from countries all over the English-speaking world, including Great Britain, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ghana, South Africa and the Caribbean. This comprehensive collection contains all the best-loved nursery rhymes, but also some new discoveries, and vibrant rhymes from Native American, First Nation, Inuit and Maori cultures. Each double-page spread is illustrated by a different artist, who has donated his or her work to the Collection or Archive at Seven Stories, Britain's National Centre for Children's Books. With 76 featured artists, this is a star-studded roll call of international award-winners and world-class bestselling illustrators, as well as young emerging talent from England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Ghana and South Africa.
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    Kick your boots off, everyone. Summer's here and so's the sun. Bright, bold and accessible, this collection of rhymes and poems for children is perfect for joining in. There are animal rhymes, rhymes to make you shuffle and squelch and clatter and patter, and rhymes to make you gallop like a horse or slide down the banister. In Shuffle and Squelch, Julia Donaldson's verse jumps off the page and Nick Sharratt's snazzy illustrations add to the fun. Look out for rhymes for younger children from Julia Donaldson and Nick Sharratt in Wriggle and Roar: 'will animate, engage and stimulate babies and have nursery classes jumping about with noisy enthusiasm' - Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week
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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.
    Hilaire Belloc
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    Award-winning illustrator Mini Grey turns her inimitable hand to Hilaire Belloc's classic cautionary tale of Jim: who ran away from his Nurse and was eaten by a Lion! First published in 1907, Belloc's wickedly funny poem describing the sad end of Jim is fabulously illustrated in a magical picture book edition. This is darkly comic, word of warning about the dangers of being spoiled is the perfect tongue-in-cheek corrective for little ones who have been a little overindulged!
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    A dragon's sneeze, a dinosaur, a wizard's spell, a monster's claw. All these things and many more - that's what's in a poem. An exciting collection of poems from talented young poet Joshua Seigal, perfect for introducing children to poetry.
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    Six Vikings on a shopping trip, one tartan-patterned cat, a clever little mermaid, a naughty vampire bat, the queen who's really fond of green, the pirate Tidy Clyde, open up this jolly book and meet them all inside!
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    This poetry collection for 5 year olds comprises 35 fun, accessible poems to read together at home. Featuring a fantastic range of children's poets and four exciting themes with full-colour illustrations, this is the ideal approach to encourage a love of reading, whilst developing an understanding of poetry, meeting the new requirements of the National Curriculum. Poetry is a fun way for children to enjoy learning to read, developing their vocabulary and understanding of ideas and themes. This collection offers a wide range of poems to appeal to all children, from poems about special days such as Christmas or Chinese New Year to poems that are great to read aloud, like 'The Wuzzy Wasps of Wasperton'. The collection has been carefully selected for children in Year 1 of school and includes helpful parent notes for every poem and a glossary of key terms from the series editor and children's poet, John Foster. It is the first of three poetry collections that will support your child from learning to read in Year 1 through to understanding themes and developing vocabulary in Year 3. This collection of poetry has the perfect balance of engaging rhyme, familiar themes and amusing illustrations to promote a lifelong love of reading.