Auckland Council Libraries: Poetry for kids

Poetry for kids

Sometimes less is more – words that is. Great poems can tell stories just as well as books with lots of pages. They can make pictures in your head or find the words to explain what you see and how you feel. Try some of our favourites. Or, look on our non-fiction shelves at 821.

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The word witch

Margaret Mahy

Starting with the best (at least in my opinion). You may recognise some of these poems from the picture books they became.

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A treasury of NZ poems for children

A fantastic collection of some of the best New Zealand poetry for children. Paula Green has also written her own popular collection for children called The Letterbox Cat.

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Classic rhymes for kiwi kids

Peter Millett

Taking the classic nursery rhymes and giving them a Kiwi twist. There is also a second volume.

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Michael Rosen's A to Z

The best of British according to one of Britain’s leading children’s poets. If you can’t get your hands on this book, there are plenty of others by the same author to choose from.

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Revolting rhymes

Roald Dahl

I was introduced to these by a previous boss, who read Roald Dahl’s version of classic fairy tales to his children. I became a big fan. Once again there are heaps to choose from by this popular author.

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Classic nursery rhymes

Nursery rhymes are an introduction to poetry for our babies and toddlers. Simple and easy to remember, this is just one of the many collections we have at Auckland Libraries.

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Nonsense limericks

Edward Lear

For the jokers amongst you come these five-line rhyming poems. Once you have read a couple, try making up one of your own.

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The night before Christmas

Clement Clarke Moore

We have a number of different versions of this classic Christmas poem, including as eBooks and eAudio. There is even the Kiwi version by Yvonne Morrison.

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Words with wings

Nikki Grimes

Sometimes entire books are written in verse. They are surprisingly quick and easy to read. This is one of my favourites about a young girl who uses her imagination to escape the real world.

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Gone fishing

Tamera Will Wissinger

Another story told by a collection of poems – this one for all the boys out there who want to go fishing with Dad but not their pesky little sister.

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One minute till bedtime

Short and sweet, witty and wise. From some of the best poets and authors of our time.

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