We’ve had questions from readers asking where they can find good poetry books. A good place to start is your school library or your local library. (It’s free to join your local library and you can borrow quite a few books at a time.) If a book is out of print, you will often find it at your local library or you can try ordering the book in through a good bookshop.
Here are some poetry books that we love, in no particular order. (And there will be lots more in the poetry section of your library or bookshop!)
The ABC Book of Australian Poetry – a treasury of poems for young people compiled by Libby Hathorn, illustrated by Cassandra Allen.
Big Book of Verse for Aussie Kids compiled by Jim Haynes
By Jingo! By Janeen Brian
A Kick in the Head – an everyday guide to poetic forms, editor: Paul B. Janeczko, illustrated by Chris Raschka
Don’t Put Mustard in the Custard by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Quentin Blake
Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake
Guinea Pig Town and other animal poems by Lorraine Marwood
Honey Sandwich by Elizabeth Honey
100 Australian Poems for children edited by Clare Scott-Mitchell & Kathlyn Griffith, illustrated by Gregory Rogers
Sea Dream: poems from under the waves, compiled by Nikki Siegen-Smith, illustrated by Joel Stewart
Well, that’s a few to get started with, though we love lots of others, too!
Do you have a favourite book of poetry?