Fun with Words — 8 Poetry Books for Kids

Fun with Words — 8 Poetry Books for Kids

Jackie Boucher
Aug 27, 2010


What better way to entice your little ones into the world of language and literature than through poetry. Looking for playful, clever, and imaginative rhymes, we rounded up 8 books that will assuredly tickle any kid's funny bone while sparking the start of a life of reading.

Twimericks: The Book of Tongue-Twisting Limericks by Lou Brooks. Tongue-twister + limerick = fun.

City Kids: Street and Skyscraper Rhymes by X. J. Kennedy. As the title suggests, there aren't many farm animals in this one; instead amusing word play is set in cities around North America as well as London.

Beastly Rhymes to Read After Dark by Judy Sierra, is more funny than scary and pretty cute in its faux fur cover.

Little Book of Poems for Young Children, edited by Philip Hawthorn, is a sweet, kid sized anthology of well selected poems.

The Tighty Whitey Spider: And More Wacky Animal Poems I Totally Made Up by Kenn Nesbitt, is a clever, zany fun read for all.

I Like This Poem: A Classic Anthology to Treasure edited by Kaye Webb, is a collection of classic poems chosen by young readers themselves.

Where the Sidewalk Ends, by Shel Silverstein. Also the author of the Giving Tree, he is, arguably, the father of children's modern poetry.

Alligator Pie by Dennis Lee. A Canadian classic, this collection of 37 poems is playful, silly and fun.

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