Upper Key Stage 2 (Year 5 & Year 6: Ages 9+)
Poetry is a fantastic way to encourage a love of reading. Poems are often short and concise and therefore appear less intimidating for emerging readers. Rhythm, rhyme and repetitive sounds also helps develop early literacy skills.
From classroom classics to novels in verse, below is a collection of books that are perfect for introducing children to the world of poetry. Bring the verses to life with picture book poetry and enjoy the some of the finest poems published over the last few years with the prize-winning poetry collection.
Positively funny poems are always popular with children and are bound to make them laugh. My poetry picks celebrate some of my favourite poetry books to share with children.
Anthologies are great for allowing children to pick a poem to read from a large selection and therefore are especially useful in the classroom or for night-time reads. If you are looking to match poetry to school topics, try the project poetry collection. Check out the powerful poetry collection and the about the planet selection for poems to make children think about the issues facing our society.
Check out my Top 100 Recommended Reads for Year 5 and Year 6 if you're looking for more to top up your classroom bookshelf collections and browse through my other booklists if you're looking for other subjects, topics, genres and themes. There's always more being added!