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Our favourite poetry books (younger children)

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Check out our favourite poetry books for younger children aged 5-8.

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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  • How To Be a Tiger

    Author: George Szirtes Illustrator: Tim Archbold

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  • How To Be a Tiger

    Author: George Szirtes Illustrator: Tim Archbold

    How To Be a Tiger is the first collection for younger children by multi-award-winning poet George Szirtes - and it's a treat that …

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  • If I was a Banana

    Author: Alexandra Tylee Illustrator: Kieran Rynhart

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  • If I was a Banana

    Author: Alexandra Tylee Illustrator: Kieran Rynhart

    'If I was…' begins this gentle picture-book poem, in which a boy takes off on a flight of fancy. This lovely exercise in im…

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  • The Waggiest Tails

    Author: Brian Moses and Roger Stevens Illustrator: Ed Boxall

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  • The Waggiest Tails

    Author: Brian Moses and Roger Stevens Illustrator: Ed Boxall

    This slim book manages to pack in a lot of poems and they’re all about dogs. Covering every canine topic, from smells to snacks an…

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  • I'm a Little Alien

    Author: James Carter Illustrator: Mique Moriuchi

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  • I'm a Little Alien

    Author: James Carter Illustrator: Mique Moriuchi

    Through rhyme smaller children can be introduced to new words and concepts while older children can try reading the poems aloud th…

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