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Our favourite poetry books (older children)

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Check out our favourite poetry books for older children aged 9-12.

Poetry can be great to broaden reading horizons, as well as truly engaging for reluctant readers. Here are some poetry books your child is sure to love and want to read out loud. 

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  • Heartbeat

    Author: Sharon Creech

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  • Heartbeat

    Author: Sharon Creech

    Annie loves drawing, running barefoot, her family, and possibly Max, her running partner. It’s an eventful time for the 12-y…

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  • Sensational!

    Author: Various Editor: Roger McGough Illustrator: Sara Fanelli

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  • Sensational!

    Author: Various Editor: Roger McGough Illustrator: Sara Fanelli

    Every poem could inspire a child's writing, reading or thinking, and their teachers' too.

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  • Life Doesn’t Frighten Me

    Author: Maya Angelou Illustrator: Jean-Michel Basquiat Editor: Sara Jane Boyers

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  • Life Doesn’t Frighten Me

    Author: Maya Angelou Illustrator: Jean-Michel Basquiat Editor: Sara Jane Boyers

    Maya Angelou’s seminal poem Life Doesn’t Frighten Me, about the courage inside us all (whatever age our age), is matched for …

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  • Pumpkin Grumpkin

    Author: Various Editor: John Agard and Grace Nichols Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura

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  • Pumpkin Grumpkin

    Author: Various Editor: John Agard and Grace Nichols Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura

    Amusing and bemusing poetry from around the globe. John Agard and Grace Nichols have assembled a bunch of silly poems in this new …

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  • A Kid in my Class

    Author: Rachel Rooney Illustrator: Chris Riddell

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  • A Kid in my Class

    Author: Rachel Rooney Illustrator: Chris Riddell

    This brilliant and imaginatively illustrated book is the perfect addition to any classroom library; a book of clever poems picking…

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  • Can it be About Me?

    Author: Cheryl Moskowitz Illustrator: Ros Asquith

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  • Can it be About Me?

    Author: Cheryl Moskowitz Illustrator: Ros Asquith

    Exploring life in and out of the classroom, the poems in this collection explore everything from spelling tests to best friends, t…

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  • Chicken on the Roof

    Author: Matt Goodfellow Illustrator: Hannah Asen

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  • Chicken on the Roof

    Author: Matt Goodfellow Illustrator: Hannah Asen

    If you need an excuse to stay in bed or had one of those days when everything seems to go wrong, Matt Goodfellow knows exactly how…

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