Children’s poetry books for 7-11-year-olds
Children’s poetry for 7-11-year-olds. Here’s our selection of contemporary, classic, themed, diverse and exciting poetry books for KS2 children, classrooms and school libraries. Featuring collections and anthologies by Michael Rosen, Joseph Coelho, Carol Ann Duffy, Brian Moses, Benjamin Zephaniah, Zaro Weil, Kate Wakeling, Neal Zetter, John Agard, T.S Eliot, Maya Angelou, Kaye Webb and more, there’s a wide range of forms, styles and subjects for every interest, topic area and ability.
Poetry for children aged 7-11 – our recommendations
Poetry anthologies for children aged 7-11
The Head That Wears A Crown edited by Rachel Piercey and Emma Dai’an Wright
This anthology contains shape poetry, rhyming couplets, conversation poems, blank verse, ballads, and narrative verse, making it ideal as a springboard for creative writing and literacy instruction. The work of poets such as Melanie Branton, Rebecca Colby, Laura Mucha, and Brian Moses spans a wide range of tones and styles. Read our full review.
Contemporary poetry collections for children aged 7-11
A Passing On of Shells: 50 Fifty-Word Poems by Simon Lamb and Chris Riddell
Basketball, mysteries, a scribble, caring for fallen stars and poetry itself are just some of the subjects of this diverse collection of observational and inspirational wordplay poetry. With eye-catching illustrations and the sheer variety of forms, these 50 poems will be a goldmine for KS2 classrooms and teachers.
Cherry Moon: Little Poems Big Ideas Mindful of Nature by Zaro Weil
The award-winning nature poetry collection sparkles with creativity, verve and imagination. KS2 readers will love the short accessible poems featuring Beast-doodles, preposterous penguins and humble fleas. Teachers will love the sheer variety of forms including shape poems, lists, haiku, riddles and conversation poems. At the end of the book, there’s a raft of useful writing prompts to use in class or for students to try at home. Highly recommended.
An Imaginary Menagerie by Roger McGough
With fun wordplay, homonyms, puns and rhymes ‘An Imaginary Menagerie’ is perfect for literacy teaching in years 3 and 4. Teachers will remember this collection fondly from their childhoods or early teaching careers and children will love the wordplay, rhymes and sense of humour. Aunt eater is a particular favourite. Great for modelling poetry in KS2 and sparking ideas for animal-related topic work, this is a cracking collection of lively and fun animal poems for 7-11-year-olds.
Narrative and themed poetry for 7-11-year-olds
When Poems Fall From The Sky by Zaro Weil
Featuring playlets, haiku, rhymes, raps and plenty of poems, When Poems Fall From the Sky is a lively collection that’s well suited to KS2 literacy teaching or to use in themed National Poetry Day workshops. Illustrated throughout with spectacular lithograph prints by Junli Song, this is a vibrant book to inspire cross-curricular poetry and artwork projects in years 3-6. For English teachers looking to model observational and nature poems and art teachers looking for printmaking inspiration, this anthology will prove particularly valuable.
Classic poetry for 7-11-year-old children
Laughter is an Egg by John Agard
A very funny series of poems, riddles, jokes and ballads. A good book for UKS2 classroom libraries, these poems are great to read aloud to class; perform in groups; or use for modelling children’s creative poetry ideas.
Heard it in the Playground by Allan Ahlberg
A funny illustrated collection of poems and songs about primary school life. These timeless poems reflect situations many teachers will have seen and experienced! Including Billy McBone, the Mad Professor’s Daughter and a Longest Kiss Contest there’s plenty of variety here to engage KS2 class in this collection that’s perfect to dip into at the end of the school day. There’s also the ‘Mrs Butler Blues’ to perhaps mime subversively in staff meetings…
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Poetry for 7-11-year-old children resources
- The Poetry Society offers a microsite for teachers – Poetryclass – which features a vast range of free lesson plans and activities to download.
- Poetry Foundation features videos, learning ideas, reviews and selected poems which teachers in KS2 will find useful. There are also educational articles and poem guides.
- The Poetry Archive is a stunning free website that features a section for teachers which includes poems to read, poems to listen to, interviews with poets, a children’s poetry archive, downloadable learning resources and challenges, and topic-based poetry collections.
- Michael Rosen’s YouTube channel is a goldmine of performance poetry videos that are perfect to inspire children’s writing and reading of poetry.
- James Carter’s website offers lots of poetry tips for KS2 teachers, including how to arrange school poetry events, poetry writing ideas, and suggestions for how to celebrate and display children’s poetry.
- The Dirigible Balloon is a fabulous website that aims to “showcase the best poetry that writers for children have to offer.” Many of the poems are also available to listen to as audio files.