Here is a list of great poetry books to read! This is just a short list—there are so many wonderful books out there, it’s hard to choose!
Booth, David, ed. ‘Til All the Stars Have Fallen: Canadian Poems for Children
Donaldson, Julia. Poems to Perform: A Classic Collection Chosen by the Children’s Laureate.
Dotlich, Rebecca Kai. Lemonade Sun
Duffy, Carol Ann. New and Collected Poems for Children
Farjeon, Eleanor. Poems for Children
Fitch, Sheree. If I Had a Million Onions
—Toes in my Noses: And Other Poems
—Night Sky Wheel Ride
Harrison, Michael and Christopher Stuart-Clark. ed. The Oxford Book of Children’s Poetry
Hughes, Ted. Collected Poems for Children
Lee, Dennis. Alligator Pie
—Melvis and Elvis
—Ice Cream Store
Little, Jean. Hey World, Here I Am!
Lesynski, Loris. Cabbagehead
—Nothing Beats a Pizza
—Dirty Dog Boogie
—Crazy About Soccer
—anything else by Loris Lesynski!
Nesbitt, Kenn. Revenge of the Lunch Ladies
Noble, Jo, ed. 100 New Zealand Poems for Children
Prelusky, Jack, ed. The Beauty of the Beast: Poems from the Animal Kingdom
—, ed. The Random House Book of Poetry for Children
—, ed. The 20th-Century Children’s Poetry Treasury
—, Read a Rhyme, Write a Rhyme
—, Be Glad Your Nose is On Your Face
—A Pizza the Size of the Sun
Silverstein, Shel. Where the Sidewalk Ends
—Light in the Attic
Simme, Lois. Auntie’s Knitting a Baby
—An Armadillo is Not a Pillow
Sword, Elizabeth. A Child’s Anthology of Poetry
Stone, Tiffany. Floyd the Flamingo and his Flock of Friends
Yolen, Jane and Rebecca Kai Dotlich. Grumbles from the Forest: Fairy-Tale Voices with a Twist
—anything else by Jane Yolen!