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Beautiful poetry books for children

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Every afternoon, we set a blanket out on the floor (or in the summer, outside) and we read.  The children ask for the poetry first.  Then we will often move into our Language Lesson, Bible reading, or read-aloud novel.  This time is the most joyful in my days.  I am so thankful to read beautiful writing and wonder at beautiful illustrations together.  It is a time for giggling and questioning and listening.  My hyperactive boy curls in my lap and breathes in this poetry.  Beauty and wisdom will bring a child in, no matter how active.  Reading has truly saved our relationship and our family’s happiness.

Here are our favorite poetry books for children. {affiliate links are used in this post, thank you.}


A Child’s Book of Poems by  Gyo Fujikawa is my absolute favorite.  It includes  200 classics from the likes of great poets like Stevenson and Longfellow and Dickinson.  They all speak to the beauty of the child, and are all accompanied by beautiful illustrations.

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The Real Mother Goose by Blanche Fisher Wright.  The classic nursery rhymes of our past and our own childhoods.  These rhymes ought to be read over and over and over.

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Animals Animals by Eric Carle.  Carle’s amazing and unique illustrated collages paired with animal poems. Perfect for reading time or for pairing with units of study.

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A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson. This collection is brilliant, and it must be read aloud to every child.  Stevenson’s rhymes and knowledge of the simple moments of childhood is so vibrant and honest.  Some of his poetry was put to song by Ted Jacobs, of which I created free printables.

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Hailstones and Halibut Bones by Mary O’Neill.  A look at the colors of God’s earth and their connection to nature. A lovely collection.  A poem for every color of the rainbow.

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More Poetry Books we love

Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young by Jack Prelutsky

Best Mother Goose Ever by Richard Scarry

Give Yourself to the Rain by Margaret Wise Brown

20th Century Children’s Poetry Treasury by Jack Prelutsky

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Children’s Classic Poetry Collection by Nicola Baxter


You can see our complete Kindergarten Curriculum Plans here.

You can get our set of Free Poetry Cards for Children.

Here are our favorite Nursery Rhyme Resources.


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