Booklist: Best poetry books for Year 5 and Year 6 (ages 9-11)

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 in the classroom for hooking KS2 children on poetry, try Karl Nova's award-winning Rhythm and Poetry, which draws on the poet's Hip 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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