Poetry Books for Kids

From the youngest age, little kids love the rhythm of rhymes, and poetry is a great way to help kids develop literacy skills. As they get older, children are drawn to the more sophisticated patterns of poetry and free verse. This list includes some of our favorite poetry books for young readers. Looking for more ways to raise a reader? Find the answers to the most common parent concerns about reading. And check out more book suggestions for kids, including 50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They're 12, Alphabet Books, and Educational Books

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Fancy Nancy: Poet Extraordinaire! Book Poster Image
Fabulous, fancy primer on poetry sure to get kids writing.
By Jane O'Connor
(2010)
(2010)
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My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood Book Poster Image
Boy cites the colors of his moods in poetic slice of life.
By Tameka Fryer Brown
(2013)
(2013)
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Runny Babbit Returns: Another Billy Sook Book Poster Image
Scrambled letters make funny poems even sillier.
By Shel Silverstein
(2017)
(2017)
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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers Book Poster Image
Mister Rogers' songs stand up as uplifting, fun poems.
By Fred Rogers
(2019)
(2019)
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The Complete Tales & Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh Book Poster Image
Beloved, classic stories and poems in one volume.
By A. A. Milne
(2007)
(1996)
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Hey Black Child Book Poster Image
Motivational poem brought to life in full color.
By Useni Eugene Perkins
(2017)
(2017)
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I Am Every Good Thing Book Poster Image
Dynamic art, poetry enhance vivid celebration of Black boys.
By Derrick Barnes
(2020)
(2020)
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A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart Book Poster Image
Powerful poem reflects on Black Americans' emotional story.
By Zetta Elliott
(2021)
(2021)
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Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks Book Poster Image
Splendid biography of first Black Pulitzer Prize winner.
By Suzanne Slade
(2021)
(2020)
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The Negro Speaks of Rivers Book Poster Image
Words and watercolors sing in a voice as deep as the river.
By Langston Hughes
(2010)
(2009)
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Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy Book Poster Image
Moving poems, dazzling art show the beauty of black boys.
By Tony Medina
(2020)
(2020)
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Where the Sidewalk Ends Book Poster Image
Irresistible collection of clever, hilarious poems.
By Shel Silverstein
(2012)
(2004)
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Outside the Box Book Poster Image
Irreverent collection offers mind-opening poems for kids.
By Karma Wilson
(2014)
(2014)
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Bravo!: Poems About Amazing Hispanics Book Poster Image
Inspiring poems about Latinos who excelled in their fields.
By Margarita Engle
(2017)
(2017)
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I'm Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups Book Poster Image
Wordplay and cleverness abound in funny poems for kids.
By Chris Harris
(2017)
(2017)
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Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph Book Poster Image
Poetic account of legendary gathering of jazz greats.
By Roxane Orgill
(2016)
(2016)
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Love That Dog Book Poster Image
Boy pours his grief into poetry in moving free-verse gem.
By Sharon Creech
(2004)
(2004)
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May B. Book Poster Image
Riveting and moving account of girl's struggle for survival.
By Caroline Starr Rose
(2012)
(2012)
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The Crossover Book Poster Image
Soaring, poignant, novel in verse hits all the right spots.
By Kwame Alexander
(2014)
(2014)
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Everything Comes Next: Collected & New Poems Book Poster Image
Unforgettable collection celebrates diversity and kindness.
By Naomi Shihab Nye
(2020)
(2020)
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Every Thing on It Book Poster Image
Another classic poetry collection by the master of whimsy.
By Shel Silverstein
(2011)
(2011)
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Full Cicada Moon Book Poster Image
Girl beats stereotypes in powerful free-verse novel.
By Marilyn Hilton
(2015)
(2015)
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Martin Rising: Requiem for a King Book Poster Image
Powerful poems examine the final months of MLK's life.
By Andrea Davis Pinkney
(2017)
(2018)
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Poem Depot: Aisles of Smiles Book Poster Image
Short, funny poems a sure bet to delight kids.
By Douglas Florian
(2014)
(2014)
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Before the Ever After Book Poster Image
Tween copes with father's illness in touching verse novel.
By Jacqueline Woodson
(2020)
(2020)
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Booked Book Poster Image
Soccer player faces divorce, bullies in fast-paced novel.
By Kwame Alexander
(2016)
(2016)
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Brown Girl Dreaming Book Poster Image
Captivating poems depict coming-of-age in tumultuous 1960s.
By Jacqueline Woodson
(2014)
(2014)
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Emmy in the Key of Code Book Poster Image
Coding, music, and friendship in inspiring free-verse novel.
By Aimee Lucido
(2019)
(2019)
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Inside Out and Back Again Book Poster Image
Inspiring, educational immigrant story told in free verse.
By Thanhha Lai
(2011)
(2011)
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One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance Book Poster Image
Soaring, poignant poems explore identity and struggle.
By Nikki Grimes
(2017)
(2017)
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Rebound Book Poster Image
Heartfelt, soaring, fast-break story of loss and growth.
By Kwame Alexander
(2018)
(2018)
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Addie on the Inside Book Poster Image
Vivacious seventh grader expresses herself in vivid poems.
By James Howe
(2011)
(2011)
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The Canyon's Edge Book Poster Image
Poetry lends shape to dramatic, gripping desert adventure.
By Dusti Bowling
(2020)
(2020)
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The Red Pencil Book Poster Image
Moving verse tale of girl's experience in Darfur genocide.
By Andrea Davis Pinkney
(2014)
(2014)
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American Ace Book Poster Image
Moving, fast-paced novel-in-verse; great for teen boys.
By Marilyn Nelson
(2016)
(2015)
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Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings Book Poster Image
Poignant memoir-in-verse recalls Cuban American's childhood.
By Margarita Engle
(2015)
(2015)
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For Every One Book Poster Image
Bold, blunt encouragement for dreamers pulls no punches.
By Jason Reynolds
(2018)
(2018)
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How I Discovered Poetry Book Poster Image
Poet's moving memoir in free verse charts '50s childhood.
By Marilyn Nelson
(2015)
(2014)
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Jazz Owls: A Novel of the Zoot Suit Riots Book Poster Image
Vibrant novel in verse shows anti-Latino racism in '40s L.A.
By Margarita Engle
(2018)
(2018)
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Long Way Down Book Poster Image
Gripping, unnerving story of teen boy contemplating revenge.
By Jason Reynolds
(2017)
(2017)
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Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case Book Poster Image
Powerful true tale of mixed-race couple's fight for justice.
By Patricia Hruby Powell
(2017)
(2017)
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Under the Mesquite Book Poster Image
Latina teen faces mom's cancer in award-winning verse novel.
By Guadalupe Garcia McCall
(2012)
(2011)
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Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe Book Poster Image
Collection highlights horror stories and romantic poems.
By Edgar Allan Poe
(2011)
(2007)
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Punching the Air Book Poster Image
Jailed teen finds his voice in poignant novel in verse.
By Ibi Zoboi, Yusef Salaam
(2020)
(2020)
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The Sound of Letting Go Book Poster Image
Relatable tale in verse about life with brother with autism.
By Stasia Ward Kehoe
(2014)
(2014)
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Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners Book Poster Image
Captivating, unforgettable collection of free-verse poems.
By Naomi Shihab Nye
(2018)
(2018)
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Clap When You Land Book Poster Image
Moving novel in verse about grief, family, and forgiveness.
By Elizabeth Acevedo
(2020)
(2020)
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Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir Book Poster Image
Unforgettable memoir in verse shows healing power of words.
By Nikki Grimes
(2020)
(2019)
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