Best Children’s Poetry Books For National Poetry Month


Author: Sherry Helms

“Poetry isn’t a profession, it’s a way of life. It’s an empty basket; you put your life into it and make something out of that.” – Mary Oliver

This is April, the National Poetry Month, which is an excellent time for people to spread a love of poetry to the public. The best aspect of this month is that anyone can celebrate it how they wish. However, we feel that this is the excellent time to introduce and engage your kids to reading poetry and possibly even writing.

Poetry speaks to our hearts and souls like no other form or writing can. Like music, poetry has the power to evoke the feelings and emotions, which easily catches a child’s attention and imagination. Therefore, to commemorate this literary form, our editorial team has chosen amazing poetry books by the treasured children’s poets, which incorporate classic anthologies and collections of poems that will take your children into the amazing world of poet’s imaginations.

Take a glance:

When the Teacher Isn’t Looking by Kenn Nesbitt

When the Teacher Isn't Looking

Envisioning the fantastic images, Kenn Nesbitt invoked with his intriguing words to introduce children to the love of poetry– using situations and elements, which they are familiar with like teachers, school, and classrooms. Schoolchildren and their teachers will roar with laughter as Kenn Nesbitt pokes fun at silly school topics with dozens of wacky poems. They cover everything that goes on while the teacher isn’t looking, including burping, dart flying, food fights, homework, tests, school lunches and detention!


Where the Sidewalk Ends The Poems and Drawings by Shel Silverstein

Where the Sidewalk Ends The Poems and Drawings

Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends is an excellent collection of poems and drawings that invite children to dream and dare to try the impossible. This is an entertaining read containing some nonsensical, silly and some serious poems. The most entertaining is the hysterical images of Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out.


Your Favorite Seuss: A Baker’s Dozen by the One and Only Dr. Seuss

Your Favorite Seuss: A Baker's Dozen

This book is an awesome collection of everyone’s favorites 13 classic Dr. Seuss’s stories. Each story is prefaced by a short essay by someone whose life was changed by Dr. Seuss or who is simply an unabashed admirer. Also included are photographs of Dr. Seuss, memorabilia, and original sketches from his books. This is an excellent selection of playful, amusing and even thought provoking poems.


The Random House Book of Poetry for Children by Jack Prelutsky

The Random House Book of Poetry for Children

A generous collection of over 550 poems with a distinctly upbeat tone, this gives a taste of the celebrated poets as William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Ogden Nash, Dr. Seuss, and Robert Louis Stevenson writing for children over the last several decades. Lobel’s drawings imbue the whole with action and graphic images as inventive as the verse. An essential book of poetry that successfully geared to meet home, school, and library needs.


A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

A Light in the Attic

Step inside the mind of Shel Silverstein with this now-classic collection of poetry and drawings that will assist you to discover a magic homework machine, a Polar Bear in the fridge and a Meehoo With an Exactlywatt. Undoubtedly, Silverstein’s hilarious and imaginative verse can entertain the dowdiest of readers. This is the second book from the stunning master of nonsense, Shel Silverstein that will make even the Lemon-faced adults and fidgety kids laugh and smile.

Poetry books are great examples to inspire the creativity in a child’s mind and to teach them how it is helpful in expressing the world around us and in us. These poetry books will be a gem for both you and your children to read and enjoy for years.


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