Best Children's Poetry

Published: June 2018

Best Children's Poetry By Contemporary Poets

26 Best Children's Poetry By Contemporary Poets

What is Children's Poetry and is it different than poetry for Teens and Adults? It's not fundamentally different. Children's Poetry just needs to be written in a way that captures the interest of children. 

Famous poet, Carl Sandburg's definitions of poetry include, "Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance" and "Poetry is a sliver of the moon lost in the belly of a golden frog". Children's imaginations are more flexible than adults. Poetry is a wonderful way to introduce children to literature and to life. 

Included in this collection are the most popular poems from contemporary and amateur poets who have submitted their original poems for children to Family Friend Poems over the past 12 years.

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  1. The Littlest Christmas Tree

    A Christmas Story For Children

    in Christmas Poems

    The littlest Christmas tree
    lived in a meadow of green
    among a family
    of tall evergreens.

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    • Stories 7
    • Shares 4879
    • Favorited 14
    • Votes 1254
    • Rating 4.36
    • Poem of the Day
    Featured Shared Story

    This poem touched my heart and the story of your beautiful parents behind it... I have only come across it searching online. I will most certainly be reading up on all your other inspiring...

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  2. My Big Fat Cat

    Homework Excuse

    in Funny Poems for Kids

    I own a big fat cat-
    The fattest for miles around.
    Wherever there's lots of food,
    That's where he'll be found.

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    • Stories 6
    • Shares 19160
    • Favorited 21
    • Votes 1250
    • Rating 4.35
    • Poem of the Week
    • Poem of the Day
    Featured Shared Story

    This story is hilarious! Coming across this story, it reminds me of my fat cat, Ziggy, also known as Tubby once her grew. I would compare him to a lot of fat jokes, but apart from that, he's...

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  4. Let's Preserve Our Nature

    • By Arjun
    • Published: November 2015
    Stopping Pollution

    in Nature Poems for Kids

    The sun is shining,
    The sky is blue,
    The birds are flying,
    And the breeze is so cool.

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    • Stories 1
    • Shares 12825
    • Favorited 14
    • Votes 1466
    • Rating 4.32
    • Poem of the Day
    Featured Shared Story

    Good poems and knowledgeable thoughts for kids' projects.

  5. The Dolly

    • By Jeanette Cheal
    • Published: May 2017

    in Inspiring Poems for Kids

    The dolly sat upon the shelf
    in the toy maker's shop all by herself.
    The dolly only had one eye,
    so all the children passed her by.

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    • Stories 1
    • Shares 1059
    • Favorited 5
    • Votes 209
    • Rating 4.31
    • Poem of the Day
    Featured Shared Story

    I loved this. It has a beautiful message in it and also made me cry. You shouldn't judge a book by its cover. Keep up the good work, Jeanette!

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  7. Englksh Is A Pane

    Humorous Poem About The Inconsistencies Of English Language

    in Funny Poems for Kids

    Hear eye sit inn English class; the likelihood is that eye won't pass
    An F on my report card wood bee worse than swallowing glass
    It's knot that eye haven't studied, often till late at knight
    Butt the rules are sew confusing, eye simply can't get them write

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    • Stories 1
    • Shares 4790
    • Favorited 12
    • Votes 623
    • Rating 4.26
    • Poem of the Day
    Featured Shared Story

    Very clever and funny, but it kinda blows my mind reading through this at the same time! How on earth did I manage to learn this wonderful, confusing language?! I must be converting it into...

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  8. Fishing With My Grandpa

    • By Dawneisha Washington
    • Published: February 2006
    Poem About Spending Time With Grandpa

    in Family Poems for Kids

    My Grandpa and I do a lot of things together,
    But fishing with my Grandpa is the best ever.
    I love going to the lake when the sky is all blue.
    I love riding in my Grandpa's boat, too.

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    • Stories 3
    • Shares 1555
    • Favorited 6
    • Votes 308
    • Rating 4.25
    • Poem of the Day
    Featured Shared Story

    Love your poem about fishing with your Grandpa. There are millions of fish in the oceans and ponds, but being with your Grandpa is a beautiful bond! Enjoy every memory with him; it's priceless!

  9. When The World Turned Upside Down

    • By Margaret A. Savage
    • Published: February 2017

    in Funny Poems for Kids

    The day when the world
    turned upside down:
    when a frown became a smile
    and a smile became a frown.

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    • Stories 3
    • Shares 15368
    • Favorited 29
    • Votes 1872
    • Rating 4.20
    • Poem of the Day
    Featured Shared Story

    Thank you - I do enjoy writing poems for children and have only been doing it seriously for a couple of years - so it's nice to get feedback.
    Margie

  10. My First Pet

    The Excitement Of A Child Getting A Pet

    in Animal Poems for Kids

    My mommy said today
    That I could get a pet one day.
    I gave her a kiss
    Then started making my list.

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    • Stories 0
    • Shares 3014
    • Favorited 11
    • Votes 294
    • Rating 4.18
    • Poem of the Day
  11. I Will Soar

    Believe In Yourself, You Can Soar!

    in Inspiring Poems for Kids

    If I were a birdie,
    I'd head up to the sky.
    I'd spread my wings like sunshine.
    I know I could fly mighty high!

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    • Stories 0
    • Shares 941
    • Favorited 11
    • Votes 94
    • Rating 4.17
    • Poem of the Day
  12. Winter

    • By Olivia Kooker
    • Published: August 2011
    Eating Cookies And Drinking Hot Chocolate

    in Nature Poems for Kids

    If winter were a person, she would be a girl with frosty hair.
    Winter would wear snow pants, snow boots, gloves, a hat, and scarf.
    Winter would smell like hot chocolate and peanut butter and Hershey Kiss cookies baking in the oven.
    Winter would spend the day eating cookies and drinking hot cocoa by a lake.

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    • Stories 1
    • Shares 872
    • Favorited 5
    • Votes 185
    • Rating 4.05
    • Poem of the Day
    Featured Shared Story

    A beautiful, inspirational poem Olivia, most impressive for someone only ten years old. Loved it!!!

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