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Recommendations of Poetry books for KS1


A First Book of the Sea - Nicola Davies & Emily Sutton

Poetry meets science and art in an anthology of sea-themed poems. Each double-page spread explores a different aspect of the sea, from pebbles and sandcastles to whales and puffins to lighthouses and sailors. Each new aspect is drawn out in beautifully poetic language that makes the reader reflect with awe at the natural and man-made wonders of the sea, the pleasure it provides and the unanswered questions it holds.




Perfectly Peculiar Pets - Elli Woollard & Anja Boretzki

We lovely whacky A-Z of weird and wonderful pets. There is a different pet poem for each letter of the alphabet (from armadillos to zebras via kookaburras to umbrella birds!), the poems are quirky and energetic, making them perfect to read aloud. 










Poems About Festivals - Brian Moses, Kristina Swarner & Various Poets

Poet Brian Moses selects an appealing variety of poems about different festivals. Different styles of poetry capture the spirit of a range of festivals, from Pancake Day and Holi to  Eid-ul-Fitr and Chinese New Year. 








I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree: A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year - Fiona Waters & Frann Preston-Gannon

A poetry anthology that includes a new nature poem for every day of the year. The collection of 366 poems contains a really interesting mix of poems from well-known favourites from Christina Rossetti and Walter de la Mare to more modern offerings by Benjamin Zephaniah and Carol Ann Duffy, with each poem reflecting the seasonal changes associated with that day's position in the year.



Crazy Mayonnaisy Mum - Julia Donaldson and Nick Sharratt

A collection of Julia Donaldson's amusing poems and rhymes that are perfect for reading aloud and sharing. The laugh-out-loud poems about everyday topics are brimming with word-play and rhyme, making this collection an excellent choice for helping children to engage with poetry in an entertaining way.








When We Were Young – A.A. Milne

A. A. Milne’s classic book of poetry for children. This is the first volume of rhymes written especially for children by Milne, featuring E. H. Shepard’s original illustrations, this collection is a heart-warming and funny introduction to children’s poetry.

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