Best Children's Poetry

Published: June 2018

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.

26 Best Children's Poetry By Contemporary Poets

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  1. 1. The Littlest Christmas Tree

    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 5079
    • Favorited 16
    • Votes 479
    • Rating 4.39
    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. 2. My Big Fat Cat

    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 7
    • Shares 22760
    • Favorited 25
    • Votes 1237
    • Rating 4.39
    • 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. 3. 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 1800
    • Favorited 7
    • Votes 289
    • Rating 4.38
    • 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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  5. 4. Let's Preserve Our Nature

    • By Arjun
    • Published: November 2015

    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 5
    • Shares 22116
    • Favorited 23
    • Votes 2011
    • Rating 4.36
    • Poem of the Day
    Featured Shared Story

    I really like it about future generations and thinking ahead.

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  7. 5. Englksh Is A Pane

    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 3
    • Shares 7209
    • Favorited 19
    • Votes 932
    • Rating 4.27
    • 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. 6. Fishing With My Grandpa

    • By Dawneisha Washington
    • Published: February 2006

    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 2130
    • Favorited 8
    • Votes 198
    • Rating 4.26
    • 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!

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  9. 7. I Will 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 1
    • Shares 1917
    • Favorited 13
    • Votes 190
    • Rating 4.25
    • Poem of the Day
    Featured Shared Story

    Believing in yourself means you got this! You can do ANYTHING!!

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  10. 8. The Boy Who Didn't Like Ice Cream

    • By Rebecca Syx
    • Published: October 2015

    in Funny Poems for Kids

    A boy who didn't like ice cream?
    That almost seems like a crime!
    This is the story of Logan
    And about trying foods more than one time.

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    • Stories 2
    • Shares 1793
    • Favorited 12
    • Votes 212
    • Rating 4.24
    • Poem of the Day
    Featured Shared Story

    I love this poem! I think this is so true- my niece used to hate broccoli, then tried it again and liked it. If you don't think you like something, try it again anyway: you might find your...

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  11. 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 7
    • Shares 16837
    • Favorited 36
    • Votes 1594
    • Rating 4.20
    • Poem of the Day
    Featured Shared Story

    Hello Anna,
    I notice that you sent this message 3 months ago and want to apologise as I have been very busy in other areas of my life that my poems came to a halt for nearly a year. Things...

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  12. 10. Winter

    • By Olivia Kooker
    • Published: August 2011

    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 1811
    • Favorited 8
    • Votes 157
    • Rating 4.20
    • 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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  13. 11. My First 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 3602
    • Favorited 15
    • Votes 366
    • Rating 4.18
    • Poem of the Day
  14. 12. A Worm In My Pocket

    • By Jodee Samano
    • Published: September 2008

    in Animal Poems for Kids

    One rainy day on my way home from school,
    I found a big worm and thought it was cool.

    I picked up the worm with my bare hand,

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    • Stories 4
    • Shares 9767
    • Favorited 22
    • Votes 407
    • Rating 4.06
    • Poem of the Day
    Featured Shared Story

    Great poem. My daughter also likes worms. When she was younger she would play happily in the muck collecting worms for hours.

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  15. 13. Peace And Quiet

    • By Nadya Phillips
    • Published: November 2014

    in Nature Poems for Kids

    Peace is...
    When you are outside on a nice warm day
    With a cold glass of yellow lemonade.
    Slurp, slurp, slurp.

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    • Stories 0
    • Shares 5056
    • Favorited 3
    • Votes 253
    • Rating 3.87
  16. 14. Splishy, Sploshy Mud

    • By Ava F. Kent
    • Published: May 2017

    in Nature Poems for Kids

    Splishy, sploshy mud
    is the best type of crud!
    You can make pies,
    you can make mountains,

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    • Stories 0
    • Shares 848
    • Favorited 5
    • Votes 103
    • Rating 3.53
  17. 15. Dreams

    • By Darah S
    • Published: May 2017

    in Poems by Kids

    Images of hope,
    Locked up fear you share,
    Love and desire,
    All in your head somewhere.

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    • Stories 2
    • Shares 1836
    • Favorited 40
    • Votes 314
    • Rating 4.45
    • Poem of the Day
    Featured Shared Story

    Beautiful poetry, dreams take one to places unseen, to where broken hearts are redeemed. What would we do without dreams, they're the movies that creep into our heads as we are fast asleep...

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  18. 16. If I Were...

    • By Eva L. Robinson
    • Published: November 2016

    in Inspiring Poems for Kids

    If I were a queen,
    I'd rule a mighty land.
    If I were a princess,
    I'd take a prince's hand.

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    • Stories 1
    • Shares 7291
    • Favorited 40
    • Votes 505
    • Rating 4.27
    • Poem of the Day
    Featured Shared Story

    Good poem. I'd like a poem that explains just one dream.

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  19. 17. Mommy Will Sing A Lullaby

    in Family Poems for Kids

    All tucked up and snug in bed
    as angels stand guard above your head,
    Mommy will kiss away your fears.
    She'll stroke your hair and dry your tears.

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    • Stories 0
    • Shares 778
    • Favorited 35
    • Votes 149
    • Rating 4.26
    • Poem of the Day
  20. 18. Books

    • By Sanya Tandon
    • Published: October 2011

    in School Poems For Kids

    My best friend is a book
    that doesn't give me a weird look.
    It is like a golden door
    that takes me to the land where I have never been before.

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    • Stories 1
    • Shares 10367
    • Favorited 31
    • Votes 1435
    • Rating 4.21
    Featured Shared Story

    One of my best friends are books. Thanks for this poem, you are a really good poet.

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  21. 19. Yellow Senses

    • By Favor M. Abioye
    • Published: August 2016

    in Poems by Kids

    Yellow is beautiful
    And kind.
    Yellow tastes sour down my throat.
    It feels like the warmth of the sky.

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    • Stories 0
    • Shares 566
    • Favorited 6
    • Votes 116
    • Rating 4.21
  22. 20. Glow Worm

    • By Taylor Russell
    • Published: October 2011

    in Animal Poems for Kids

    Oh, I wish I were a glow worm,
    for a glow worm's never glum,
    'cause how can you be grumpy
    when the sun shines out your bum?

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    • Stories 0
    • Shares 1343
    • Favorited 7
    • Votes 284
    • Rating 4.15

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