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Starting with the best (at least in my opinion). You may recognise some of these poems from the picture books they became.
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.
Taking the classic nursery rhymes and giving them a Kiwi twist. There is also a second volume.
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.
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.
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.
For the jokers amongst you come these five-line rhyming poems. Once you have read a couple, try making up one of your own.
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.
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.
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.
Short and sweet, witty and wise. From some of the best poets and authors of our time.
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