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. 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 3356
    • Favorited 10
    • Votes 1103
    • 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.

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  3. 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 6365
    • Favorited 9
    • Votes 767
    • Rating 4.32
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    Good poems and knowledgeable thoughts for kids' projects.

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  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 937
    • Favorited 4
    • Votes 243
    • 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!

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  6. 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 701
    • Favorited 4
    • Votes 136
    • Rating 4.30
    • 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. 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 12447
    • Favorited 15
    • Votes 896
    • Rating 4.29
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    • 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. 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 9006
    • Favorited 23
    • Votes 1289
    • Rating 4.24
    • 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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  10. 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 2636
    • Favorited 12
    • Votes 313
    • Rating 4.24
    • 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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  11. 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 2023
    • Favorited 7
    • Votes 180
    • Rating 4.17
    • Poem of the Day
  12. Books

    • By Sanya Tandon
    • Published: October 2011
    Best Friend With Books

    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 0
    • Shares 5535
    • Favorited 17
    • Votes 1856
    • Rating 4.13
    • Poem of the Day
  13. 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 379
    • Favorited 8
    • Votes 49
    • Rating 4.08
    • Poem of the Day
  14. 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 0
    • Shares 363
    • Favorited 3
    • Votes 128
    • Rating 4.08
    • Poem of the Day
  15. A Worm In My Pocket

    • By Jodee Samano
    • Published: September 2008
    Boys And Things That Crawl

    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 3
    • Shares 5485
    • Favorited 14
    • Votes 2412
    • Rating 4.03
    • 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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  16. Peace And Quiet

    • By Nadya Phillips
    • Published: November 2014
    Poem About Enjoying Time Outside

    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 1881
    • Favorited 3
    • Votes 137
    • Rating 3.95
    • Poem of the Day
  17. The Boy Who Didn't Like Ice Cream

    • By Rebecca Syx
    • Published: October 2015
    Funny Poem About Trying New Foods

    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 1489
    • Favorited 6
    • Votes 495
    • Rating 3.92
    • 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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  18. Splishy, Sploshy Mud

    • By Ava F. Kent
    • Published: May 2017
    Playing In The Mud

    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 284
    • Favorited 4
    • Votes 69
    • Rating 3.90
    • Poem of the Day
  19. 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 1452
    • Favorited 20
    • Votes 192
    • 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.

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  20. 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 8476
    • Favorited 42
    • Votes 5212
    • 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!

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  21. 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 633
    • Favorited 16
    • Votes 115
    • Rating 4.31
    • Poem of the Day
  22. 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 4544
    • Favorited 23
    • Votes 455
    • Rating 4.26
    • Poem of the Day
    Featured Shared Story

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

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  23. The Red And White Striped Lighthouse

    • By Ebvor
    • Published: April 2017

    in Nature Poems for Kids

    The red and white striped lighthouse,
    Standing by the sea,
    As quiet as a mouse,
    Telling boats where it be.

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    • Stories 1
    • Shares 1127
    • Favorited 3
    • Votes 125
    • Rating 4.13
    • Poem of the Day
    Featured Shared Story

    This touches my heart, because it brings back beautiful memories of all the lighthouses that I have seen in my lifetime. And the heartfelt meaning when you hear the story of the lighthouse....

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  24. Glow Worm

    • By Taylor Russell
    • Published: October 2011
    Short Funny Poem For Kids

    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 1475
    • Favorited 4
    • Votes 1152
    • Rating 4.06
  25. Sleepy

    The Peculiar Nature Of Sleep

    in Funny Poems for Kids

    There is this funny guy I know.
    Sleepy by name and sneaky as can be.
    I never know where he comes from,
    Only that he creeps up on me.

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    • Stories 1
    • Shares 905
    • Favorited 7
    • Votes 119
    • Rating 3.98
    • Poem of the Day
    Featured Shared Story

    It is a very simple poem highlighting the importance of sleep. Sleep is an integral part of human behavior. Without it, everything becomes useless. Good health can't be achieved without...

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  26. I Love My Brother

    • By Imogen Kate Hindson
    • Published: March 2008

    in Poems by Kids

    My brother is sweet,
    My brother is nice,

    When I am upset,

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    • Stories 1
    • Shares 538
    • Favorited 10
    • Votes 284
    • Rating 4.15
    • Poem of the Day
    Featured Shared Story

    I love this poem because this is what I am going through with my brother.

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  27. Dreams

    • By Chelsea
    • Published: April 2017
    Get Lost In A Dream

    in Poems by Kids

    Dreams
    are boats
    that drift you away
    to the place you desire.

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    • Stories 0
    • Shares 167
    • Favorited 9
    • Votes 46
    • Rating 4.04
    • Poem of the Day
  28. Who Am I?

    • By Chazz
    • Published: October 2011
    Riddle

    in Funny Poems for Kids

    Who am I?
    I am a surprise
    I don't have eyes
    I'm wrapped in plastic

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    • Stories 9
    • Shares 1035
    • Favorited 6
    • Votes 1449
    • Rating 3.95
    Featured Shared Story

    Oh, I hate guessing, but this poem made me smile...you could be a chocolate or maybe an ice cream!

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  29. Yellow Senses

    • By Favor M. Abioye
    • Published: August 2016
    Poem Describing The Color Yellow

    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 191
    • Favorited 2
    • Votes 64
    • Rating 3.89

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