The Best Poetry Books for Kids

Poetry is a way to be expressive in creative ways. Here are a variety of the best poetry books for kids.

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Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman

This truly unique collection celebrates nature and the simplicity of the outdoors. It is meant to be read aloud with the voices of two children. 


Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Simultaneously humorous and profound, this collection by famed children’s poet Shel Silverstein is a classic favorite. Here readers will discover a boy who turns into a TV, a girl who faithfully washes her shadow, and a crocodile committed to his annual teeth cleaning appointments at the dentist. 

Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl

This poetry book by Roald Dahl delivers all the humor we have come to expect from the beloved children’s author–in verse. Here Dahl re-imagines six folktales and turns them into engaging masterpieces. 

It’s Raining Pigs and Noodles by Jack Prelutsky

A collection of more than 100 zany and comical poems that are sure to delight readers of all ages. Prunes and parrots drop out of the clouds following pigs and noodles, and it’s clear the fun has just begun!


Be Glad Your Nose is On Your Face  by Jack Prelutsky

In this humorous collection, Prelutsky examines an interesting idea: “imagine if your precious nose were sandwiched in between your toes”. By the end, you too will be glad your nose is on your face. 

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