World Poetry Day: Explore the Wonderful World of Kids’ Poetry
World Poetry Day: Explore the Wonderful World of Kids' Poetry
Thursday 21 March marks World Poetry Day. To help mark the occasion we've tracked down five of the best books of rhymes and poetry for kids.
Published 21 March

Thursday 21 March marks World Poetry Day. To help mark the occasion we’ve tracked down five of the best books of rhymes and poetry for kids.

No matter their age, children really love books. Whether snuggling on the couch with a chapter book or having story time before bed, young people draw immense joy from the art of storytelling.

And not only is it enjoyable for kids to read and be read to, they have much to gain from the process, too. From enhancing cognitive skills and building their vocabulary to improving communication and encouraging creative thinking, reading has many benefits for young minds.

Thursday 21 March marks World Poetry Day, and to help mark the occasion we’ve tracked down five of the best books of rhymes and poetry for kids.

 

 

I See the Moon by Rosalind Beardshaw

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A beautifully illustrated collection of favourite night-time rhymes, poems and lullabies for little ones at bedtime, Rosalind Beardshaw's artwork sees children frolicking with cute sleepy animals while babies are ready to be lulled to sleep. Includes childhood favourites such as ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,’ ‘Hush, Little Baby,’ and ‘Star Light, Star Bright.’ A sprinkling of silver foil on every page adds a little extra moonlight magic. Suitable for ages 0 and up.

 

A Child's Book of Poems by Gyo Fujikawa

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First published in 1969, this charming anthology features 200 of literature’s most beloved poems. Accompanying the timeless work of such names as William Blake, Emily Dickinson and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow are Gyo Fujikawa’s wonderful illustrations, which depict a diverse range of children and exploring nature with their adorable furry friends. Kids of all ages will fall in love with the book’s many poems, proverbs, limericks, nursery rhymes and folk songs.

 

I Don't Like Poetry by Joshua Seigal

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Shortlisted for the UK’s Laugh Out Loud Awards in 2017 this brilliant collection of poems is packed full of silly, side-slapping whimsy and fun – with a few serious moments thrown in the mix for good measure. With poems about everything from books and zombies to eating fried chicken Siegal’s wonderfully witty and irreverent style provides plenty of opportunities for laughter, learning, engagement and discussion. Ideal for children aged 8–9.

 

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

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Originally developed in the 1950s in a bid to make reading more fun for kids, Dr. Suess’ whimsically titled books have stood the test of time. Perhaps his best-known book, The Cat in the Hat makes learning to read a joy. The story follows the eccentric Cat in the Hat and a range of timeless characters that generations of kids have fallen in love with. Suitable for early primary school aged children.

 

The ABC Book of Australian Poetry: A Treasury of Poems for Young People edited by Libby Hathron

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Follow the river through country, city, bush, the four seasons, night and day and explore the Australian landscape through the eyes of Australia’s best poets. In this beautiful collection of poems for children, award-winning author and poet Libby Hathorn has brought together favourites by AB 'Banjo' Paterson, Dorothea MacKellar and CJ Dennis, as well as more contemporary poems by John Tranter, Robin Klein, Steven Herrick, and Australia's indigenous poets.

 

For the best in children’s books, including all these titles and more, head to QBD The Bookshop, Kmart and Big W.

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Published on 13 May, 2020