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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    If kids are encouraged to believe in themselves, they will have confidence to make it. I believe they should be taught respect for others and oneself, honesty, kindness, tolerance, and manners to flourish. Be true to yourself, spread happiness, and live generously. Soar! My poem uses symbolism.

    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!

    If I were a birdie,
    My feathers would be bright.
    Every color would be striking.
    I'd soar and reach new heights.

    If I were a birdie,
    I'd sing a lovely song.
    Everyone would stop and listen;
    They would begin to sing along.

    If I were a birdie,
    I'd follow all my dreams.
    Small streams to vast oceans,
    Under golden bright sunbeams.

    If I were a birdie,
    I'd flit about from tree to tree
    With many different flocks of birdies.
    We would be free to be free.

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

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    I was inspired to write this poem for my daughter who is a single parent to a beautiful little boy, my grandson, Oliver, who is 4 years old. Every night she takes him up to bed and sings lullabies to him while holding his little hand. It is incredibly moving to watch. These are precious moments and should be treasured.

    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.

    She softly sings a lullaby
    about the stars up in the sky.
    Twinkle, twinkle star so bright,
    shining down on us tonight.

    Her breath is warm upon your face
    as you lie still in her embrace.
    With sleepy eyes you gaze at mom
    as the moon comes up to replace the sun.

    Tomorrow will be another day
    where you'll have fun, laugh, and play.
    But sleep for now, and Mommy will sing a song for you
    and you will smile the whole way through.

    She gently holds your hand in hers, your fingers wrapped around her thumb.
    These are treasured moments as she waits for sleep to come.
    Her voice is but a whisper now; her tone is soft and true,
    for there is nowhere in the world she'd rather be than lying here with you.

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    Sleep has always been a fascinating mystery to me. It's something I really appreciate. When I watch little children fall asleep, it's an appealing sight, so I decided to write a simple poem about it.

    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.

    He is very cunning, you see.
    He often makes me feel like a fool.
    He jerks my head or slurs my speech,
    And he sometimes makes me drool.

    He can put things in a swirl
    So I can't tell which is which.
    And the stuff I don't want to let go,
    He easily takes out of my reach.

    Still, a generous guest is he,
    Always comes with a soothing balm,
    To lull my body and renew my strength
    And make my mind to be calm.

    When he leaves and where he goes,
    That is hard for me to say.
    But as rude as he is, I'm always glad
    For Sleepy's sly visit every day.

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    This is a poem about a child who has a great imagination when it comes to picking out their first pet.

    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.

    Maybe I could get a giraffe.
    It would be so fun to give him a bath.
    What about a rhinoceros? I thought.
    I am sure that it must eat a lot.

    I could get a monkey.
    Together we could swing from tree to tree.
    I know, I could get an armadillo.
    She could sleep under my pillow.

    How about a kangaroo?
    But only if she has room for two.
    I'm sure I don't want a porcupine.
    I would be saying "ouch" all the time.

    It would be fun to have a horse.
    He would have to live outside, of course.
    Okay, maybe a hippopotamus.
    It will probably eat as much as the rhinoceros.

    An elephant would be fun as can be
    If he doesn't sit on me.
    I could get along with a pig just fine,
    Rolling in mud all the time.

    I gave my mom my list.
    She bent down and gave me a kiss,
    Put her hand to her heart,
    And said a fish would be a good start.

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    Hello, I am a retired university professor who had a fulfilling career, spanning 32 years at Chicago State University. Now, in retirement, I fill my time writing fiction, personal essays, and poetry. This keeps my brain cells firing and preserves the sanity of my dear wife. We live in Northbrook, Illinois, and enjoy six children, fourteen grandchildren, and extensive travel.

    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

    Hour teacher says, "Heed my advice, ewe must study and sacrifice"
    Butt if mouses are mice and louses are lice, how come blouses aren't blice
    The confusion really abounds when adding esses two nouns
    Gooses are geese, butt mooses aren't meese; somebody scent in the clowns

    Two ultimatums are ultimata, and a couple of datum are data
    Sew wouldn't ewe expect it wood bee correct fore a bunch of plums to be plata?
    And if more than won octopus are octopi, and the plural of ox is oxen
    Shouldn't a couple of busses bee bussi and a pare of foxes bee foxen?

    Let's talk about spelling a wile, specifically letters witch are silent
    Words like "psychologist" and "wreck" shirley make awl of us violent
    And another example quite plane witch is really hard two explain
    If it's eye before e except after sea, then what about feign and reign?

    The final exam will determine how eye due, weather eye pass ore fail
    I halve prepared as much as eye can down two the last detail
    I'm ready two give it my vary best inn just a little wile
    And then isle take a relaxing wrest on a tropical aisle

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    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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    I am new to poetry (having only started last year), but I believe some of my work is quite good quality. Anyway, you be the judge.

    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.

    He's really good at eating.
    It's a talent, I suppose.
    I'm sure if he keeps at it
    He'd win the talent shows.

    I own a big fat cat-
    He weighs at least a ton.
    He couldn't run to save his life.
    Yes, he isn't much fun.

    His favourite room's the kitchen.
    (I'm sure we all know why.)
    He eats just about everything,
    So that's why, with a sigh...

    I'd like to tell you, Teacher,
    I'd like to tell you straight,
    I might have "accidentally" dropped
    My homework in his plate.

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    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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    I love writing poetry for children. I love to see their faces light up when I read my poetry to them. The dolly I wrote about had a great response from both young and old. My father read it before anyone, and he sat and cried. He thought it was lovely.

    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.

    They scoffed at the dolly;
    they weren't very kind
    Then a child came in
    with a dolly in mind.

    Her mother led her around the shop.
    At the shelf with the dolly her mother did stop.

    The child reached out and felt for the dolly.
    The toy maker shouted, "Dear child, I'm so sorry,
    this dolly is blind; she only has one eye.
    I've a dolly right here you might like to buy."

    "No, this is the one," the child said to her mother.
    "If I can't have her, I don't want any other."
    So off dolly went with the child who was kind,
    and just like the dolly, this child was blind.

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    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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    It was a necessity that I wrote this after an idea. I wanted dreams to be expressed at their full possibility, and I still don't do them justice. I have to admit, I'm proud. I'm younger, so this is really exciting for me. Writing is my life.

    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.

    Dreams are wishes
    That let your imagination grow.
    They let you travel
    Anywhere you can go.

    Dreams show your happiest moments,
    And what you dread in your heart.
    They show you love, how to hold it,
    And tell you where to start.

    You could feel the beach,
    The sand at your feet,
    The heart and soul you'll be able to reach.

    Words and images swirl in your mind
    That let you express yourself for all time.

    And when horrors are received,
    And I fall on my knees,
    Everything is softened by the memories, the dreams.

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    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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    I was 8 when I wrote this, and I was always looking for something to help me see the better things. I looked up some stuff on things like WebMD or other websites. I noticed that nightmares had caused some distress, so I woke up and tried hard to finally alter them. It worked. You can try this and remind yourself of this every night before you go to sleep.

    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.

    Dreams
    are mugs of hot cocoa
    with marshmallows melting as
    your dream does too.

    Dreams
    are storms
    that rumble with anger
    as you try to push them
    out of the way.

    Dreams
    are rivers
    that choose a path for you to go,
    choosing the dreams you dream.

    Dreams…

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    My poem is about a determined lighthouse. I wrote this because I used to live by the beautiful ocean.

    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.

    Against the rocks a wave crashes.
    The lighthouse just stares on.
    Suddenly some lightning flashes,
    But he's gonna stare till dawn.

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

    He shines his light through the thick fog,
    As rain darkens the sands.
    He shines his light through all the smog.
    On the rocks he proudly stands.

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

    The rising sun makes the ocean glisten bright.
    A couple comes out to see the astonishing sight.
    There is no need to shine, for it's no longer night,
    And the lighthouse slowly fades out its light.

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    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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    I started writing humorous ditties for family and friends many years ago, but since having grandchildren, my desire changed to write humorous rhymes for them. As I write each one, another pops into my head (I currently have 2 on the go at the moment). I now have a small collection of poems.

    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.

    When the mice chased the cats
    the cats chased the dogs.
    The dogs laughed out loud
    at the pink and yellow frogs.

    When you went to bed in the daytime
    and got up at night.
    When birds caught the school bus
    and the cows took flight.

    When the moon came out
    in the middle of the day
    and all of the ocean's fish
    rolled around in the hay.

    When the children ruled the world
    and ice cream was for free
    and the elephants shrank
    to the size of a flea.

    When the grass rained lollipops
    up to the sky.
    When you wanted to laugh
    but could only cry.

    When magic beans were real
    and giants very small,
    you would eat spiders legs
    so you could creep up the wall.

    This all happened when the
    world turned upside down
    after I went to bed
    with a smile - not a frown.

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    The poem is about a little girl who is asked what she wants to be when she grows up. She answers with things like, "I want to be a Princess," knowing nobody can stop her from following her dreams.

    If I Were...

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

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

    If I were a soldier,
    I'd fight a mighty war.
    If I were a hero,
    I'd be the best they ever saw.

    If I were a dancer,
    I'd dance with such grace.
    If I were a runner,
    I'd win every race!

    If I were an actress,
    I'd take part in a play,
    For I can do anything,
    No matter what you say.

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

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    Yellow is my bestie's favorite color. I don't know why she likes yellow. I like purple, and yellow and purple are opposites.

    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.
    Yellow sounds like kids laughing down the street.
    It feels like warmth upon my head.
    Yellow looks like a big circle in the sky.
    It makes me smile and play.
    Yellow is my favorite color.

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    I am only a kid. I really like to write poems, and I thought I'd make a nice little poem about nature for our school magazine. It's one of my best poems. Thanks for reading this poem!

    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.

    Mother Nature is trying her best
    To give nothing but beautifulness,
    But what do we do?
    Make her a mess.

    Let's make her the best
    By polluting less and less,
    And preserve her green dress
    For our kids and the rest.

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    Just wrote an analysis paper of this poem! Thank you so much!

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    Due to a previous bad experience, Logan doesn't like ice cream. Logan's Pop Pop, an ice cream connoisseur, encourages him to give ice cream another try.

    The Boy Who Didn't Like Ice Cream

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

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    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.

    Logan did not enjoy ice cream.
    He thought it was too cold.
    Too cold on his tongue, too cold on his teeth,
    Too cold right down to his toes.

    No one could believe it.
    “Just try one bite!” they’d say.
    He'd shake his head. “No, thank you,” he’d say.
    “Maybe some other day.”

    At parties, the zoo, at the beach,
    Ice cream was everywhere,
    But as everyone enjoyed the nice cold treat.
    Logan preferred gummy bears.

    One time Logan did try ice cream.
    Took a big bite, his eyes squeezed.
    As the ice cream melted in his mouth
    He got a huge brain freeze!

    “Never again!” Logan said!
    “Eating ice cream is no fun!
    I cannot freeze my brain again;
    I've got only this one!”

    No one was as upset
    As one man, that is for sure.
    It was Logan’s Pop Pop,
    The great ice cream connoisseur.

    “Please, Logan!” Pop begged.
    “Please try it one more time!
    Just try a small bite,” Pop said.
    “Your brain will be just fine.”

    Logan gulped, his eye squinted tight.
    Pop Pop was NEVER wrong.
    Maybe just one more try won’t really hurt.
    He decided to be strong.

    “Little bites are the trick,”
    Pop Pop winked and said.
    “That way the cold goes to your tummy
    Instead of to your head.”

    So Logan scooped a tiny bite of
    Homemade vanilla cream.
    He squeezed his eyes, stuck out his tongue
    And then let out a scream!

    “I LIKE IT!” Logan yelled,
    And Pop Pop laughed.
    “I knew you would, my boy!”
    They laughed and both enjoyed tummies full of ice cream joy.

    So what did you learn from Logan?
    Remember this little rhyme!
    Trying new things doesn't hurt!
    And try them more than one time!

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    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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    This is a poem about peace and what it is like to have peace! In 5th grade, my teacher, Ms. Gray, was teaching a lesson on different types of poems. One of our tasks was to write our own poem. I wrote this poem in a way I would think of it, although life would be great just sitting on a porch relaxing.

    Peace And Quiet

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

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    Peace is...
    When you are outside on a nice warm day
    With a cold glass of yellow lemonade.
    Slurp, slurp, slurp.
    Feeling the warm sun on my back,
    Rubbing my hands through the wet green grass,
    Listening to the birds singing a distance away.
    Quiet...
    Now that's PEACE!

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    People think teachers are not human, so I thought I would show that they are, being a teacher myself now. They don't sleep in cupboards. They have homes and families and bodily functions! Kids will appreciate the humour!

    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!

    She tried to keep it secret
    By sitting in a group.
    But it was really obvious,
    When she said, "Who did that poop?"

    She screwed her bright, red face up
    And blamed it all on Claire.
    But later when I needed help,
    The stench was round her chair!

    She avoided my eye contact
    And ticked my work in green.
    But she knew that her body smells
    Were foul and quite obscene.

    I asked her what that smell was.
    She said she'd not a clue.
    I hope to God that eggy smell
    Was fart and not a poo!

    Today the teacher farted.
    My word, what had she ate?
    I'll always remember what she did,
    And now I'm thirty eight!

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    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.
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    This poem is very close to my heart because it's the very first time I have composed a poem on my own. This poem shows that books are the indispensable resources which help us to flourish our personality and also widen our thinking.

    Books

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

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    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.
    It tells me the tales of a fairy
    that take me to the land full of merry.
    Some books are boring like history,
    which is like a big mystery.
    Books are the source of enlightenment
    that vanquish darkness and fill our life with brightness.

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

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    When I was little, I fell in love with glow worms, so I decided to write this, just for a laugh!

    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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