Booklist: Children's Books

Upper KS2

Reading Recommendations


Poetry Books

Introduce your Year 5 and 6 children to a range of poets with our selection of poetry books for Upper KS2. From classic poems and nature verses to laugh-out-loud rhymes and award wining collections, we've picked out a range of our favourite books that encourage a love of poetry for children aged 9-11.

We recommend introducing youngsters to a range of different types of poems, both for pleasure and for study. Upbeat collections like Matt Goodfellow's Bright Bursts of Colour of Mandy Coe's Belonging Street are always a hit for dipping into in the classroom. For more real-life and thought-provoking verses, try Joseph Coelho's Overheard in a Tower Block or Sharon Creech's fabulous verse novel Love That Dog. If you want something that's always popular for hooking KS2 children on poetry, try Karl Nova's award-winning Rhythm and Poetry, which draws on his Hop Hop roots, or Benjamin Zephaniah's much-loved collection Talking Turkeys. For classic poetry, Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year is a handy addition to any teacher's desk for a burst of verse in those spare few minutes at the end of a lesson.

For poetry study resources, there are some very good planning sequences available for teachers to download from the CLPE website

If you are looking for other Year 5 and Year 6 recommendations, be sure to check out our Reading for Pleasure booklists, and for more poetry ideas try our whole school poetry booklist.

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