Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to haikus. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about haikus.
Our list includes board books and picture books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.
When it comes to children’s stories about haikus, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like The Cuckoo’s Haiku and Other Birding Poems to popular sellers like Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku.
We hope this list of kids books about haikus can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!
With gorgeous multimedia paintings-and-collages by acclaimed artist Mary GrandPre, James Preller’s All Welcome Here promises to be an evergreen gift picture book for children about to take the big leap into their first days of school.
The bus door swishes
Open, an invitation.
Someone is not sure . . .
The first day of school and all its excitement, challenges, and yes, anxieties, are celebrated here in connected haiku poems. A diverse cast of characters all start―and finish―their first days of school, and have experiences that all children will relate to.
A joyful primer on the pleasures of bird-watching merges haiku, notes for identifying species, and exquisite watercolor illustrations. In spare and graceful words, poet and birder Michael J. Rosen captures the forecasting call of the mysterious cuckoo as well as essential characteristics of more than twenty commonly seen North American birds. This artfully compiled field notebook — enriched by the evocative artwork of watercolorist Stan Fellows — captures the excitement of recognizing a bird, whether a darting kingfisher, a wandering wild turkey, or a chirpy house sparrow. Back matter includes notes for birdwatchers and haiku lovers.
Nice place they got here.
The simple delights in baby’s natural world–a bird, a fish, a leaf, a snowflake, a raindrop–are celebrated in the traditional Japanese poetic form, the haiku, in a little board book with tabs.
Grass Sandals: The Travels of Basho - A simple retelling of the travels of 17th century Japanese poet, Basho, across his island homeland. The book includes examples of the haiku verses he composed.
Boo! Haiku - Bestselling illustrator Bob Shea and poet Deanna Caswell are back, this time with a haiku book filled with frights that delight.<br /> <br /><i>Here’s a spooky haiku just for you!</i><br /><i>broom across the moon</i><br /><i>pointed hat at the window</i><br /><i>hair-raising cackle</i><br /><i>Can you guess who from this haiku?</i><br /> <br /> A witch, a bat, a skeleton, a jack-o’-lantern, a ghost, a black cat, a spider, an owl, and a scarecrow are all hiding in the pages of this clever Halloween-themed book. Deanna Caswell’s playful haiku cleverly hint at the creatures revealed after each turn of the page while Bob Shea’s bright illustrations capture the scary silliness.<br /><br /> Praise for <i>Guess Who, Haiku</i><br /> “[G]orgeous poetry, vibrant illustrations, and masterful use of the page turn.”<br /> –<i>Kirkus Reviews</i>, starred review
The Horse's Haiku - From field to stable, from rest to riding, poet Michael J. Rosen captures the nature of horses with spare and graceful haiku. Filled with Stan Fellows’s evocative artwork, this collection celebrates the beauty of horses while peacefully grazing or in all their powerful and dynamic action. Lovers of horses or haiku or those who simply appreciate the natural world will enjoy this contemplation of one of earth’s most beautiful creatures.
The Maine Coon's Haiku - In evocative haiku, Michael J. Rosen depicts twenty different breeds of cats—whether mischievous or mysterious, comical or commanding. Some cats have names that suggest far-off lands, like the Turkish Angora and the Norwegian forest cat. Others allude to places closer to home, such as California’s ragdoll and the Maine coon. Set against Lee White’s graceful illustrations, with intriguing facts about each of twenty breeds at the end, this charming haiku collection for lovers of America’s most popular house pet provides the purr-fect book to curl up with.
Share the wonder of nighttime with baby! Simple poems and delightful illustrations celebrate the enchanting world that comes to life once baby is asleep.
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