Haiku Poetry for Kids

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Haiku is a well known and beautiful form of poetry to read and write. Start exploring Haiku with your kids by reading great examples from a variety of sources.

I have plenty of inspiration to get you started.

Haiku poetry books for kids.

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Haiku Books for Kids

The Horse’s Haiku by Michael J. Rosen. Those of you who love horses or appreciate their beauty will love these haiku poems that capture the nature of the horse.

I Haiku You by Betsy E. Snyder. While this is perfect for Valentines 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. 

Dogku by Andrew Clements. This story, told in Haiku verses, describes the adventures of a dog who is looking for a family and the family who finds him.

Guyku by Bob Raczka. This book is full of haiku poems that celebrate what 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 and Won Ton and Chopstick: A Cat and Dog Tale Told in Haiku by Lee Wardlaw.

Cricket Never Does: A Collection of Haiku and Tanka by 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.

Cool Melons – Turn to Frogs! The Life and Poems of Issa by Matthew Gollub. This book contains haiku poetry as well as biographical information about the Japenese 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 by 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 by 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 Main Coon’s Haiku and Other Poems for Cat Lovers by Michael J. Rosen. Sweet Haiku poems about different varieties of cats.


Enjoy exploring this form of poetry with your kids.

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