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Our favourite poetry books (younger children)

Revolting Rhymes

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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  • J is for Jamaica

    Author: Benjamin Zephaniah & Prodeepta Das

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 5+

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  • J is for Jamaica

    Author: Benjamin Zephaniah & Prodeepta Das

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 5+

    Welcome to this whistle-stop tour of Jamaica - from A for Ackee to Z for Zinc.

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  • How To Be a Tiger

    Author: George Szirtes Illustrator: Tim Archbold

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 5+

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  • How To Be a Tiger

    Author: George Szirtes Illustrator: Tim Archbold

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 5+

    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

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 5+

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  • If I was a Banana

    Author: Alexandra Tylee Illustrator: Kieran Rynhart

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 5+

    '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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  • Crazy Mayonnaisy Mum

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Crazy Mayonnaisy Mum

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 7+

    There is a poem to appeal to everyone in this thoughtful and fun collection

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  • Goldilocks on CCTV

    Author: John Agard Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Goldilocks on CCTV

    Author: John Agard Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 8+

    By turns funny, poignant and insightful Agard’s poems are told with a direct and distinctive voice

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  • Revolting Rhymes

    Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Revolting Rhymes

    Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 7+

    This is an hilarious collection of some well-loved fairy tales, cleverly reinvented by Roald Dahl.

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  • The Waggiest Tails

    Author: Brian Moses and Roger Stevens Illustrator: Ed Boxall

    Interest level: 7-9

    Reading age: 7+

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  • The Waggiest Tails

    Author: Brian Moses and Roger Stevens Illustrator: Ed Boxall

    Interest level: 7-9

    Reading age: 7+

    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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  • All The Year Round

    Author: John Yeoman and Quentin Blake

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

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  • All The Year Round

    Author: John Yeoman and Quentin Blake

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

    With Quentin Blake's instantly recognisable illustrations, this picture book contains 12 funny poems by John Yeoman: one for …

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  • Fantastic Football Poems

    Author: John Foster and Korky Paul

    Interest level: 6-9

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Fantastic Football Poems

    Author: John Foster and Korky Paul

    Interest level: 6-9

    Reading age: 6+

    Famous children's poems and lesser-known gems are featured in this imaginative, funny and engaging collection of poems for footie …

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  • A Great Big Cuddle

    Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Chris Riddell

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 4+

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  • A Great Big Cuddle

    Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Chris Riddell

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 4+

    Beautifully illustrated poems for young children by two Children's Laureates

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  • I'm a Little Alien

    Author: James Carter Illustrator: Mique Moriuchi

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 5+

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  • I'm a Little Alien

    Author: James Carter Illustrator: Mique Moriuchi

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 5+

    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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  • I Bet I Can Make You Laugh

    Author: Joshua Seigal and Friends Illustrator: Tim Wesson

    Interest level: 7-9

    Reading age: 8+

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  • I Bet I Can Make You Laugh

    Author: Joshua Seigal and Friends Illustrator: Tim Wesson

    Interest level: 7-9

    Reading age: 8+

    Featuring a range of children's poets and traditional verses from cultures around the world, this is a great collection for older …

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  • A Little Aloud for Children

    Author: Angela Macmillan (Editor:) Foreword by Michael Morpurgo

    Interest level: 6+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • A Little Aloud for Children

    Author: Angela Macmillan (Editor:) Foreword by Michael Morpurgo

    Interest level: 6+

    Reading age: 9+

    Ideal for classroom use as well as bedtime reading, this is a delightfully varied and enjoyable collection.

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