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. 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 21255
    • Favorited 24
    • Votes 1373
    • Rating 4.34
    • 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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  2. 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 17475
    • Favorited 35
    • Votes 2105
    • 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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  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 3
    • Shares 17250
    • Favorited 18
    • Votes 1774
    • Rating 4.32
    • Poem of the Day
    Featured Shared Story

    Wonderful poem. Good to the ears and touching too. Let's keep the green color.

  5. 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 15
    • Shares 10970
    • Favorited 60
    • Votes 5881
    • 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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  7. 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 1
    • Shares 9837
    • Favorited 31
    • Votes 2421
    • Rating 4.13
    • Poem of the Day
    Featured Shared Story

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

  8. 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 4
    • Shares 9636
    • Favorited 18
    • Votes 2586
    • 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.

  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 7643
    • Favorited 30
    • Votes 682
    • Rating 4.28
    • Poem of the Day
    Featured Shared Story

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

  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 3
    • Shares 6080
    • Favorited 16
    • Votes 793
    • Rating 4.25
    • 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. 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 5637
    • Favorited 15
    • Votes 1331
    • Rating 4.37
    • 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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  12. 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 4470
    • Favorited 3
    • Votes 285
    • Rating 3.89
    • Poem of the Day

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