National Poetry Day 2017

Here at NSTBA HQ we love poetry! And with poetry frequently mentioned in the English programmes of study, there's no excuse for it not to be enjoyed in school!

We had a poetry celebration in school today with each member of my class learning a poem by heart to perform. They loved it- even those who were initially reluctant enjoyed sharing their poem and hearing those others had prepared. Even the adults joined in!

So what better day to remind everyone of the wonderful poetry books which have made their way onto this year's shortlist- each of which could be used in school-or at home- to develop the love of poetry!


The language chosen is rich and varied - and fun!... The poems are set into wonderful illustrations by Sam Usher which capture the vibrant life of London...

 All Aboard The London Bus. Read our review here.


This is a wonderful collection of twenty-six poems about all things space and space related...   Colourful and quirky (Korky Paul's fabulous illustrations), they bring each poem vividly to life! 

A Rocketful of Space Poems. Read our review here.

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This is a collection packed with a wonderful range of poems about some of the amazing women and girls who have helped to shape our world... The three poets responsible for this collection each bring their own voice and style, creating a diverse range of work...

Reaching the Stars. Read our review here.

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This beautiful selection of poems really does include something for everyone... so many things are celebrated between the covers of this book...

A Poem for Every Night of the Year. Read our review here.

The perfect starting point for celebrating National Poetry Day- or any day!