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Haikus: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about haikus?

As you can see, this list of kids books about haikus is a work in progress! We’re currently exploring the best books available, and we’d love your input. If you have a title you’d suggest including on our list of kids books about haikus, please share it with us!

We’ll be featuring a variety of titles on our list, from well known classics to popular bestsellers to lesser known titles that deserve a bigger audience. We’re also including books for a range of ages, from board books for babies and toddlers, to picture books for preschool and kindergarten age kids, to chapter books for early elementary age kids.

We’d love to hear any book suggestions you have—you can comment below or email us at [email protected].

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All Welcome Here
Written by James Preller & illustrated by Mary GrandPré
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

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.

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The Cuckoo's Haiku and Other Birding Poems
Written by Michael J. Rosen & illustrated by Stan Fellows
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

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.

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Haiku Baby
Written & illustrated by Betsy Snyder
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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.

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The Horse's Haiku
Written by Michael J. Rosen & illustrated by Stan Fellows
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

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.

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The Maine Coon's Haiku
Written by Michael J. Rosen & illustrated by Lee Anthony White
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

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.

Haiku Night book
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  • Haiku Night - 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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