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

  • £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.

2. Jim

  • £6.89

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

  • £5.89

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

  • £6.89

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

  • £14.89

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

  • £5.59

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

  • £5.89

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.