Check out Booktrust.org‘s favourite poetry books for older children aged 9-12.

Poetry can be great to broaden reading horizons, as well as truly engaging for reluctant readers. Here are some poetry books your child is sure to love and want to read out loud.

Heartbeat

Author: Sharon Creech

Interest level: 8+

Reading age: 8+

Michael Rosen's A to Z

Author: Michael Rosen

Interest level: 9+

Reading age: 8+

A Little Aloud for Children

Author: Angela Macmillan

(Editor:) Foreword by Michael Morpurgo

Interest level: 6+

Reading age: 9+

Red, Cherry Red

Author: Jackie Kay

Interest level: 12+

Reading age: 11+

My Mum’s Growing Down

Author: Laura Dockrill 

Illustrator: David Tazzyman

Interest level: 7-11

Reading age: 7-11

Lost Magic: The Very Best of Brian Moses

Author: Brian Moses

Interest level: 7+

Reading age: 8+

All the Wild Wonders: Poems of the Earth

Author: Various

Editor: Wendy Cooling 

Illustrator: Piet Grobler

Interest level: 8+

Reading age: 8+

Sensational!

Author: Various 

Editor: Roger McGough 

Illustrator: Sara Fanelli

Interest level: 7+

Reading age: 8+

Pumpkin Grumpkin

Author: Various 

Editor: John Agard and Grace Nichols 

Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura

Interest level: 9+

Reading age: 9+

Let’s Celebrate! Festival poems from around the world

Author: Various 

Editor: Debjani Chatterjee & Brian D’Arcy 

Illustrator: by Shirin Adl

I am a Poetato

Author: John Hegley

Interest level: 7-12

Reading age: 8

New and Collected Poems for Children

Author: Carol Ann Duffy 

Illustrator: Alice Stevenson

Interest level: 9+

Reading age: 9+

Chicken on the Roof

Author: Matt Goodfellow 

Illustrator: Hannah Asen

Interest level: 8-11

Reading age: 8+

Green Glass Beads

Author: Various 

Editor: Jacqueline Wilson

Interest level: 9+

Reading age: 9+

Life Doesn’t Frighten Me

Author: Maya Angelou 

Illustrator: Jean-Michel Basquiat 

Editor: Sara Jane Boyers

Interest level: 7-12

Reading age: 9+

100 Brilliant Poems for Children

Author: Editor: Paul Cookson

Interest level: 8+

Reading age: 9+

A Kid in my Class

Author: Rachel Rooney 

Illustrator: Chris Riddell

Interest level: 8-11

Reading age: 9+

Can it be About Me?

Author: Cheryl Moskowitz 

Illustrator: Ros Asquith

Interest level: 6+

Reading age: 8+

What Are We Fighting For?

Author: Brian Moses and Roger Stevens

Interest level: 8+

Reading age: 9+

Poetry for a Change

Author: Various

Interest level: 9-12

Reading age: 9-12

Quick, Let’s Get Out of Here

Author: Michael Rosen 

Illustrator: Quentin Blake

Interest level: 5+

Reading age: 7+