The Best Haiku Poetry Books Your Kids will Love

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Haiku is a well-known and beautiful form of poetry to read and write. Introduce your kids to Haiku poetry with this fantastic variety of Haiku Poetry books for kids.

From haiku poems about animals, adventures, nature, and just plain silliness, you’ll find a book on this list for every child.

Haiku poetry books for kids.

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Haiku Books for Kids

The Horse’s Haiku
Michael J. Rosen

“From field to stable, from rest to riding, poet Michael J. Rosen captures the nature of horses with spare and graceful haiku. Filled with Stan Fellows’s evocative artwork, this collection celebrates the beauty of horses while peacefully grazing or in all their powerful and dynamic action. Lovers of horses or haiku or those who simply appreciate the natural world will enjoy this contemplation of one of the earth’s most beautiful creatures.”


I Haiku You
Betsy E. Snyder

While this is perfect for Valentine’s Day, it is a delightful read any time of the year. It does mention Valentine once, but overall the theme is about loving cozy relationships. We own this book and it is a delightful addition to our poetry collection.


Dogku
Andrew Clements

This story, told in Haiku verses, details the adventures of a dog who is looking for a family and the family who finds him. It’s a fun way to look at Haiku poetry.


Whoo-Ku Haiku
Maria Gianferrari

From Publisher: “Pip. Pip. Pip. Poking
A hole. Cracking. Cracking. Out
Pecks the white owlet.

Watch as a pair of great horned owlets peep and squeak in their feathered nest. Mama and Papa hunt for food and fend off predators while the chicks grow strong enough to hop and flap between the branches of their tree, then leap and fly away, ready to explore the wild world around them.

In this thrilling nonfiction picture book, a combination of haiku and dazzling illustration shows readers the fierce majesty of one of North America’s most ubiquitous wild animals.”


Guyku
Bob Raczka

This book is full of haiku poems that celebrate some of the fun things it means to be a boy. This book is written by Bob Raczka, one of the poets on my list of poets your children should know.


Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku
Won Ton and Chopstick: A Cat and Dog Tale Told in Haiku
Lee Wardlaw

Won Ton has a happy life with his Boy, until…

Ears perk. Fur prickles.
Belly low, I creep…peek…FREEZE!
My eyes full of Doom.

A new puppy arrives, and nothing will be the same.
Told entirely in haiku and with plenty of catitude, the story of how Won Ton faces down the enemy is a fresh and funny twist on a familiar rivalry.”


Cricket Never Does: A Collection of Haiku and Tanka
Myra Cohn Livingston

This simple collection includes haiku and tanka poetry arranged by season. These poems reflect the author’s thoughts about events that occur in each season. While this book doesn’t include illustrations, the poems are creative and delightful to read.


My First Book of Haiku Poems
Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen

Escape into a dreamy world of watercolors and nature-inspired haiku.

My First Book of Haiku Poems introduces children to this ancient poetry form that’s still a favorite among teachers, parents and children. These concise poems are easy for readers of all ages to understand and appreciate.

Each of these 20 classic poems by Issa, Shiki, Basho, and other great haiku masters is paired with a stunning original painting by award-winning illustrator Tracy Gallup–which children will want to dive into and adults will want to frame.”


Cool Melons – Turn to Frogs! The Life and Poems of Issa
Matthew Gollub

.This book contains haiku poetry as well as biographical information about the Japanese haiku poet, Issa, born in 1763. These poems were originally written in Japanese so some of the syllables are lost in the English translation, but the poetry, story, and illustrations are beautiful.


Seeing into Tomorrow: Haiku by Richard Wright
Biography and Illustrations by Nina Crews

The haiku poetry in this book was written more than 50 years ago. The poems have been paired with photocollages by Nina Crews and include biographical information about Richard Wright. This book celebrates the lives of contemporary African American boys while introducing the reader to an important African American writer of the twentieth century.


If it Rains Pancakes: Haiku and Lantern Poems
Brian P. Cleary

Haiku and Lantern Poetry formats are explained in this sweet book. Examples in this book show that these formats can contain delightful surprises.


If Not For The Cat
Jack Prelutsky

These seventeen haiku poems offer a creative look at lots of different animals. The illustrations are wonderful and Jack Prelutsky is one of our favorite children’s poets.


The Maine Coon’s Haiku: And Other Poems for Cat Lovers
Michael J. Rosen

Some cats have names that suggest far-off lands, like the Turkish Angora and the Norwegian forest cat. Others allude to places closer to home, such as California’s ragdoll and the Maine coon. Set against Lee White’s graceful illustrations, with intriguing facts about each of twenty breeds at the end, this charming haiku collection for lovers of America’s most popular house pet provides the purr-fect book to curl up with.


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