Episode 51: Poetry Books for Kids

April 21, 2023

In episode 51 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

Poetry Books for Kids

Poetry is often put in the too-hard basket by kids and adults alike, but it’s an essential tool for our understanding of language. Megan and Allison delve deep into poetry books for kids of all ages.

Plus, Allison explores one of the biggest mistakes kids make with their writing, while Megan is celebrating World Bee Day with books and activities.

Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

‘Kind’ by Jess McGeachin 

‘Hello’ by Jane Godwin and Jane Reiseger 

‘Miss Understood’ by Kathryn Apel and Beau Wylie 

‘Hope on the Horizon: A children’s handbook n empathy, kindness and making a better world’ written by Onjali Q Rauf 


 Dorothea McKellar Poetry Awards 

Poetry books for kids

Poetry Anthologies and Verse Novels for Readers Aged 2-12 by Megan Daley

Review of ‘A Boat of Stars’ by Megan Daley

Review of ‘On Track’ by Megan Daley

Verse Novels and Sally Murphy  by Megan Daley

‘100 Ways to Fly’ by Michelle Taylor

‘The ABC Book of Australian Poetry’ by Libby Hathorn, Cassandra Allen

‘For Keeps: A Treasury of Stories, Poems and Plays Celebrating 100 Years of The School Magazine’ by School Magazine

‘Rapperbee’ by Harry Laing

‘Limelight’ by Solli Raphael

‘Where the sidewalk ends’ by Shel Silverstein

‘Climbing Shadows: Poems for Children’ by Shannon Bramer, Illustrated by Cindy Derby

‘I am the seed that grew the tree, a nature poem for every day of the year’ Illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon

‘This is Home’ edited by Jackie French

‘Poems to perform’ by Julia Donaldson, Illustrated by Clare Melinsky

‘H is for Haiku’ by Sydell Rosenberg, illustrated by Sawsan Chalabi

‘Love is as strong as death’ edited by Paul Kelly

‘The Rattle Bag: An Anthology of Poetry’ written by Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes (Editors)

Quick tips

Megan is celebrating World Bee Day – if you’d like to join in by creating your own Russian Honey Cake or ‘Medovik’ – the two recipes she uses are below and she creates her own version of these two with a few tweaks (namely that she uses sour cream + honey as the filling/icing). Medovik translates directly into “honey”. It is a popular dessert throughout all Slavic countries. Honey cake is made up of crispy and thin cake layers that are separated by thick slightly tangy cream and honey deliciousness.

NY Times recipe

Smitten Kitchen recipe


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Poetry books for kids