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Poetry: Chapter Books For Kids

This list of the best chapter books about poetry is sure to include a new favorite for the voracious young reader in your life!

The Hunting of the Snark book
#1
The Hunting of the Snark
Written by Lewis Carroll and illustrated by Chris Riddell, Lewis Carroll
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-11

They sought it with thimbles, they sought it with care; They pursued it with forks and hope; They threatened its life with a railway-share; They charmed it with smiles and soap. First published by Macmillan in 1876, Lewis Carroll's magnificent nonsense poem, The Hunting of the Snark, features an unlikely cast of characters drawn from the Jabberwocky in Through the Looking Glass. This irresistible paperback edition features an introduction from and artwork by Chris Riddell. The wonderful characters are vividly brought to life with both Chris's black and white illustrations and his colour artwork, making it a perfect gift for any poetry lover.

Hope Is a Ferris Wheel book
#2
Hope Is a Ferris Wheel
Written and illustrated by Robin Herrera
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

After moving from Oregon to a trailer park in California, ten-year-old Star participates in a poetry club, where she learns some important lessons about herself and her own hopes and dreams for the future.

Once Upon a Place book
#3
Once Upon a Place
Written by Eoin Colfer and illustrated by P. J. Lynch
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Once Upon a Place features six new poems by Irish poets alongside 11 new short stories from many of Ireland's leading children's writers including Roddy Doyle, Derek Landy and former Laureate na nÓg (a position awarded in Ireland to children's book creators) Siobhán Parkinson, as well as the first ever story for children by Academy Award nominee Jim Sheridan, director of My Left Foot and In America. It also features new work by Eoin Colfer himself, along with Pat Boran, Seamus Cashman, John Connolly, Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, Mark Granier, Paula Leyden, Oisín McGann, Geraldine Mills, Jane Mitchell, Kate Newmann, Sarah Webb and Enda Wyley. Each of the stories and poems is based around the theme of place, being set in or inspired by a particular location within Ireland. Lavish black-and-white charcoal illustrations make this unique anthology a very beautiful object.

Fly Away book
#4
Fly Away
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

While in North Dakota helping her Aunt Frankie prepare for a possible flood, Lucy finds her voice as a poet with the help of her two-year-old brother Teddy, the rest of their family, and a few cows.

What's So Special about Shakespeare? book
#5
What's So Special about Shakespeare?
Written by Michael J. Rosen and illustrated by Sarah Nayler
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Michael Rosen's lively exploration of Shakespeare, reissued in an accessible new format for young middle-grade readers. More than four hundred years after William Shakespeare's death, his name is known in every corner of the world. Why? Celebrated poet, critic, and Shakespeare enthusiast Michael Rosen answers that question with humor, knowledge, and appreciation, offering a whirlwind tour of Shakespeare's life, his London, and four of his plays: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, King Lear, and The Tempest.

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