Best Children's Poetry

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. 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 1
    • Shares 1484
    • Favorited 21
    • Votes 204
    • Rating 4.40
    • Poem of the Day
    Featured Shared Story

    Good job. I also love to write! I love that you picked the subject of dreams.

  2. 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 4
    • Shares 3463
    • Favorited 11
    • Votes 1116
    • Rating 4.38
    • Poem of the Day
    Featured Shared Story

    Christmas is the time of joy, happiness, laughter of children and adults, cakes, Christmas trees, stories and POEMS.

  3. Today The Teacher Farted

    • By Emma Briody
    • Published: May 2014
    Poem About Teachers Being Human

    in Funny Poems for Kids

    Today the teacher farted.
    It was an awful smell.
    It was just like a rotting egg,
    Straight from the depths of hell!

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    • Stories 14
    • Shares 8844
    • Favorited 43
    • Votes 5308
    • Rating 4.34
    Featured Shared Story

    Haven't laughed that hard in a long time. Was researching poems about families for children to teach this term when I somehow came across this poem.
    Thank you so much!

  4. 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 1007
    • Favorited 5
    • Votes 250
    • Rating 4.32
    • 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!

  5. 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 7559
    • Favorited 10
    • Votes 900
    • Rating 4.31
    • Poem of the Day
    Featured Shared Story

    Good poems and knowledgeable thoughts for kids' projects.

  6. Mommy Will Sing A Lullaby

    • By Wendy Evans
    • Published: April 2018

    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 639
    • Favorited 18
    • Votes 118
    • Rating 4.30
    • Poem of the Day
  7. 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 5
    • Shares 13583
    • Favorited 15
    • Votes 948
    • Rating 4.29
    • Poem of the Week
    • Poem of the Day
    Featured Shared Story

    This story is hilarious and amazing! I'm personally a huge fan of cats, so this is like the best poem I have ever read. I love this poem so, so much, and I loved how well it took on the...

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  8. 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 758
    • Favorited 5
    • Votes 154
    • Rating 4.27
    • 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!

  9. If I Were...

    • By Eva L. Robinson
    • Published: November 2016
    Dreaming Of What You Could Be

    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 4967
    • Favorited 23
    • Votes 491
    • Rating 4.23
    • Poem of the Day
    Featured Shared Story

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

  10. 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 2
    • Shares 9666
    • Favorited 24
    • Votes 1349
    • Rating 4.22
    • 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

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