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. 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 10833
    • Favorited 58
    • Votes 5832
    • 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!

  2. 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 12
    • Shares 1285
    • Favorited 9
    • Votes 1559
    • Rating 3.97
    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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  4. 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 5621
    • Favorited 15
    • Votes 1328
    • 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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  5. 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 17061
    • Favorited 33
    • Votes 2054
    • 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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  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 6
    • Shares 20860
    • Favorited 23
    • Votes 1344
    • Rating 4.35
    • 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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  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 9471
    • Favorited 18
    • Votes 2575
    • 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. 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.

    Read Complete Poem

    • Stories 3
    • Shares 1780
    • Favorited 6
    • Votes 330
    • 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!

  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 5834
    • Favorited 15
    • Votes 769
    • Rating 4.25
    • Poem of the Day
    Featured Shared Story

    This story makes me think about foreign exchange students, like someone from Tokyo coming to live in Nevada! This poem is very creative & clever! I love it! I probably would not have written...

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  11. 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 2121
    • Favorited 12
    • Votes 576
    • Rating 4.00
    • 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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  12. 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 1720
    • Favorited 29
    • Votes 269
    • Rating 4.42
    • 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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