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Recommended poetry books

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.

"ABC Book of Australian poetry"

Big Book of Verse for Aussie Kids compiled by Jim Haynes

Big Book of Verse for Aussie Kids

By Jingo! By Janeen Brian

By jingo!

A Kick in the Head – an everyday guide to poetic forms, editor: Paul B. Janeczko, illustrated by Chris Raschka

A kick in the head

Don’t Put Mustard in the Custard by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Quentin Blake

Don't put mustard in the custard

Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake

Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes

Guinea Pig Town and other animal poems by Lorraine Marwood

guinea pig town

Honey Sandwich by Elizabeth Honey

honey sandwich

100 Australian Poems for children edited by Clare Scott-Mitchell & Kathlyn Griffith, illustrated by Gregory Rogers

100 Australian poems for children

Sea Dream: poems from under the waves, compiled by Nikki Siegen-Smith, illustrated by Joel Stewart

Sea Dream poems from under the waves

Well, that’s a few to get started with, though we love lots of others, too!

Do you have a favourite book of poetry?

Author:

Rebecca Newman is a children's writer and poet, and the editor of the Australian children's literary blog, Alphabet Soup. rebeccanewman.net.au.

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