Since National Poetry Day is almost upon us, we wanted to share some of our favourite poems with you! 

We absolutely love poems here at In The Book. Poems are so much fun to read due to their rhythmic nature and the sound techniques they use! Poetry is also intended to be read out loud, which is a nice break from independent reading and it’s fun to experiment with different forms of expression! As fun little stories that can be easily digested (depending on the length), you can come across various structures, which always makes reading poetry interesting. 

owl and the pussycat book

Our favourite types of poems are nursery rhymes, since these special poems are enjoyed by all generations and never go out of fashion. After reading nursery rhymes as a young child, it’s hard to forget them, even when you become an adult! The benefits of nursery rhymes are numerous! Here are some of our favourite poems: 

Now We Are Six

While A. A. Milne is best known for writing the Winnie the Pooh stories, he has always written so many wonderful poems which we love! We especially love his Now We Are Six, as it is a great poem for helping little ones learn to count. You can find the poem here

The Wheels on the Bus 

The Wheels on the Bus is a memorable nursery rhyme that children can always recall as they get older. The repetitive nature of the poem makes it so easy for children to learn, and the use of sounds makes the rhyme even more entertaining! There are lots of different versions of the rhyme and it’s so fun to sing along with your child. Your little one can read this rhyme and many others in their very own personalised nursery rhyme book, featuring their name throughout so many popular nursery rhymes!  


wheels on the bus book


There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly 

This classic, popular poem is another one of our favourites! Written by Rose Bonne and Alan Mills, it tells the silly story of a woman who continuously swallows animals one after another, always making children laugh due to its absurdity! It’s been popular since it was released in 1953 and continues to put smiles on little ones’ faces. 

The Owl and the Pussycat 

The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear is an absolute classic children’s poem about the friendship between the Owl and the Pussycat! It’s another nonsense poem that has been enjoyed for generations, following along with the characters as they dance under the moon, get married and row along in “a beautiful pea-green boat.” While the lyrics are a little silly, the poem has stood the test of time and is still widely read today!