If you’re tired of reading the same books over and over at bedtime, consider not only adding new books to your kids’ library, but a whole new genre. These poetry books for kids of all ages are a fun way to shake things up. Whether it’s a collection of classic poems from poets like Shakespeare, Dickinson, and Frost (yep, it turns out these can be kid-friendly) to more contemporary authors like Shel Silverstein or Naomi Shihab Nye, there’s something you’ll love on this list . Most of the books also have beautiful illustrations to keep kids engaged and excited.
While it’s really fun to read rhyming books aloud (and to listen to them) not all of the books on the rhyme list. Some are haikus, some are freeform, others use the words on the page to create funky shapes. And whatever your personal opinions on poetry are, you may be surprised to see how fun and accessible poems for kids can be.
One of the cool things about reading poetry with your kids is that is teaches them about a whole lot more than language. They’ll also learn and hear rhythm, pitch, and cadence. It may even inspire them to write their own poetry. Read on for some of the best poetry books for kids.
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If you’re in a book rut, try adding these poetry books for kids into the repertoire. Not only are they fun to read (and your child may even quickly memorize some of the shorter poems, thanks to the rhythmic quality) but they’ll expose your child to a whole new genre.