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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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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Beloved, classic stories and poems in one volume.
By A. A. Milne
(2007)
(1996)
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Motivational poem brought to life in full color.
By Useni Eugene Perkins
(2017)
(2017)
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The Random House Book of Poetry for Children Book Poster Image
Classic will be the most dog-eared on your shelf.
By Jack Prelutsky
(2008)
(1983)
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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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Where the Sidewalk Ends Book Poster Image
Irresistible collection of clever, hilarious poems.
By Shel Silverstein
(2012)
(2004)
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Irreverent collection offers mind-opening poems for kids.
By Karma Wilson
(2014)
(2014)
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Becoming Joe DiMaggio Book Poster Image
Poems about growing up during WWII.
By Maria Testa
(2004)
(2004)
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Inspiring poems about Latinos who excelled in their fields.
By Margarita Engle
(2017)
(2017)
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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
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Boy pours his grief into poetry in moving free-verse gem.
By Sharon Creech
(2004)
(2004)
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Soaring, poignant, novel in verse hits all the right spots.
By Kwame Alexander
(2014)
(2014)
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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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Boy's writings are lyrical, yet seamless and real.
By Jacqueline Woodson
(2004)
(2004)
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Captivating poems depict coming-of-age in tumultuous 1960s.
By Jacqueline Woodson
(2014)
(2014)
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Inspiring, educational immigrant story told in free verse.
By Thanhha Lai
(2011)
(2011)
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Soaring, poignant poems explore identity and struggle.
By Nikki Grimes
(2017)
(2017)
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Vivacious seventh grader expresses herself in vivid poems.
By James Howe
(2011)
(2011)
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Moving, fast-paced novel-in-verse; great for teen boys.
By Marilyn Nelson
(2016)
(2015)
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Poignant memoir-in-verse recalls Cuban-American's childhood.
By Margarita Engle
(2015)
(2015)
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Poet's moving memoir in free verse charts '50s childhood.
By Marilyn Nelson
(2015)
(2014)
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Powerful true tale of mixed-race couple's fight for justice.
By Patricia Hruby Powell
(2017)
(2017)
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Latina teen faces mom's cancer in award-winning verse novel.
By Guadalupe Garcia McCall
(2012)
(2011)
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