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Celebrate National Poetry Day 2020!

Celebrate National Poetry Day 2020!

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Thursday 1 October is National Poetry Day!

It’s one of our favourite days of the year. Everyone can discover, enjoy and share poetry together #ShareAPoem

This year, the theme is Vision – it’s all about seeing the world like a poet!

You never know when inspiration will strike – just take a look around you…

Our friends at National Poetry Day have a treasure trove of great poems for you to read and enjoy.
Why not check out Quick! There is a Poem by Tony Walsh or James Carter’s Vision Rap.
Have a go at reading them aloud – it’s super fun!

There are plenty of suggestions for wicked poetry books too.
Here are some of our favourite collections, including spooky tales, natural wonders, and a whole heap of silliness:

A yellow moon hangs in a satin sky on the night that Cinderella, barefoot and in hand-me-downs, slips at the top of the stairs… and dies. But not for long. The Shadow of Death arrives to breathe life back into her bones and, for three nights only, Cinderella goes forth as Zombierella.

With her skin as cold as ice and her faithful horse Lumpkin back by her side, can she seek revenge on her three cruel sisters, once and for all?

Crawl out of the grave and step into your mushroom carriage for this haunting and humorous adventure of the undead girl searching for her happily ever after.


Dive into this book and be swept away on a journey around our green and blue planet, from the peak of the snowiest mountain top to the bottom of the deepest, bluest ocean. Meet the birds circling its skies,the beasts prowling its plains, and the people toiling in its fields, forests and cities…

Explore all the worlds that make up ours, and hear the voices, past and present, that sing out from it. From haikus to sonnets, from rap to the Romantics, this joyous collection celebrates life in all corners of our beautiful planet. With new poems from Sabrina Mahfouz, Raymond Antrobus, Mona Arshi, Kate Tempest, Hollie McNish, Dean Atta and many more.


A riotous celebration of words and a modern take on cautionary tales – featuring advice on parrots, gravy, mathematics, castles (bouncy), spiders, vegetables (various), breakfast, cakes and removing ducks from soup.

Filled with colour illustrations and packed with witty wordplay, silly rhymes and thought-provoking story poems, this collection is a delight.

Visit your local library website or bookshop to pick up a poetry book!
You can find loads more poetry book suggestions for celebrating NPD right here.

Get involved!

Do you have a favourite poem?
Have you written your own poetry?!
Share your favourite lines and rhymes with everyone in Chat #ShareAPoem

Adults can check out the School Zone for links to more great National Poetry Day content, including lesson plans, resources and events

Information for adults


Visit our School Zone to access free resources and Challenge ideas for your class.


Visit our Home Zone, full of useful Challenge information for parents, grandparents and carers. For information about supporting reading in the early years visit our Pre-School Zone.


Visit our Library Zone to find libraries near you running the challenge, and how to take part.