Poetry Books for Children + Poetry Unit Study

Poetry books for children are one of those rich resources that I think parents often overlook.

Poetry may seem simple, but it touches us on an emotional level.

I’m offering books to introduce your children to poetry (beyond just rhyming children’s books) to inspire your child and expand their horizons.

For more reading ideas, visit our extensive list of childrens books for kids!

You can find these poetry books for children at your local library or purchase through the affiliate links provided for your convenience.

Poetry Books for Children + Poetry Study Unit Resources

Poetry is a powerful and engaging form of literature that can capture a child’s imagination and help them develop a love of language and words.

It can also help children develop important literacy skills such as reading comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary.

By exploring the sounds, rhythms, and meanings of words in poetry, children can deepen their understanding and appreciation of language.

Reading poetry can also help children develop their emotional intelligence by exploring themes and ideas related to feelings, relationships and social issues.

Poetry can help children understand and express their own emotions, as well as develop empathy and understanding for others.

Books of Poetry to Read with your Young Children

My regular readers know how much I love to give books as gifts.

One year, I gave one of my nieces (who wasn’t a big fan of reading at the time) a copy of Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends.

A true classic!

Months after giving the gift, her mom told me that they were packing for a vacation and my niece had snuck in the book into her suitcase.

Poetry can speak to children on so many levels… sometimes even more than a story.


Poetry Unit Study

In addition to offering recommendations of poetry books for children that kids will love and learn from, I’ve teamed up with some fellow bloggers to offer you homeschool and classroom unit study resources about poetry!

Poetry Study Unit and Resources + poetry books for children

Photo Credit | Graphic Modified

Poetry Handwriting Worksheet from 3 Boys and a Dog

How To Write a Nature Poem like Roald Dahl from FrogMom

Silly Limericks for Kids from Schooling a Monkey

Fun Poetry Activities for Kids from iGameMom

Apps for Creating Poetry with Kids from Parenting Chaos

Poetry Printable Copywork for Kids from The Natural Homeschool

Poetry Writing for Kids: Using Metaphors from Planet Smarty Pants

Our Favorite Poetry Book for Kids from Our Daily Craft


  1. Thank you for this! My child was just telling me he wanted to write poetry, and I realized that while I enjoy poetry, I know close to nothing about it! And we read very little of it. This is now pinned to my homeschool board, so I’ll be sure to return soon so I can introduce more poetry without being overwhelmed.

  2. My son has the hardest time with rhymes but he loves book! Thank you for sharing the great links for activities. Super big help too have a variety of extensions for rhyming. You have inspired me to give this another go:).

  3. Erin Thomas says:

    Love this- pinned it. I have always tried to incorporate plenty of poetry in our homeschool lessons. I will use some of these as resources. Found your blog on Sharing Saturday link party and started following on Pinterest and Twitter.

    1. I love poetry, too, and often try to get it in during our nighttime routine of reading books 🙂 Definitely be sure to check out the two anthologies… they’re chock full of wonderful poems that I’m sure your kids will come back to time and time again.

  4. I don’t know too much about poetry but this is a great place to start. Thanks so much for all of the resources!

    1. You don’t need to know a lot about poetry to enjoy it and share it with your children. Happy reading 🙂

  5. My favorite poetry book ever was Where the Sidewalk Ends! Glad it made the list!

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