Check out‘s favourite poetry books for younger children aged 5-8.

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. 

Collected Poems for Children

Author: Ted Hughes 

Illustrator: Raymond Briggs

Interest level: 5+

Reading age: 7+

If I was a Banana

Author: Alexandra Tylee 

Illustrator: Kieran Rynhart

Interest level: 5+

Reading age: 5+

Adder, Bluebell, Lobster: Wild Poems

Author: Chrissie Gittins 

Illustrator: Paul Bommer

Interest level: 6+

Reading age: 6+

All The Year Round

Author: John Yeoman and Quentin Blake

Interest level: 4-7

Reading age: 5+

A Great Big Cuddle

Author: Michael Rosen 

Illustrator: Chris Riddell

Interest level: 2+

Reading age: 4+

I'm a Little Alien

Author: James Carter 

Illustrator: Mique Moriuchi

Interest level: 3+

Reading age: 5+

J is for Jamaica

Author: Benjamin Zephaniah & Prodeepta Das

Interest level: 3+

Reading age: 5+

Crazy Mayonnaisy Mum

Author: Julia Donaldson 

Illustrator: Nick Sharratt

Interest level: 5+

Reading age: 7+

The Hog, the Shrew and the Hullabaloo

Author: Julia Copus 

Illustrator: Eunyoung Seo

Interest level: 3+

Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets

Author: Hena Khan 

Illustrator: Mehrdokht Amini

Interest level: 4-6

Reading age: 5+

Mr Mistoffelees, The Conjuring Cat

Author: T S Eliot 

Illustrator: Arthur Robins

Interest level: 5+

Reading age: 5+

Moon Juice: Poems for Children

Author: Kate Wakeling 

Illustrator: Elina Braslina

Interest level: 7-9

Reading age: 7-9

A Little Aloud for Children

Author: Angela Macmillan

(Editor:) Foreword by Michael Morpurgo

Interest level: 6+

Reading age: 9+

How To Be a Tiger

Author: George Szirtes

Illustrator: Tim Archbold

Interest level: 4-8

Reading age: 5+

Goldilocks on CCTV

Author: John Agard 

Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura

Interest level: 7+

Reading age: 8+

The Waggiest Tails

Author: Brian Moses and Roger Stevens 

Illustrator: Ed Boxall

Interest level: 7-9

Reading age: 7+

Fantastic Football Poems

Author: John Foster and Korky Paul

Interest level: 6-9

Reading age: 6+

It’s Not Fine to Sit on a Porcupine

Author: Neal Zetter 

Illustrator: Rory Walker

Interest level: 6-11

Reading age: 10+

I Bet I Can Make You Laugh

Author: Joshua Seigal and Friends 

Illustrator: Tim Wesson

Interest level: 7-9

Reading age: 8+