Famous Children Poems

Poems for Children by Famous Poets

Poetry offers up a wealth of benefits for children. It fosters a love for language, thereby building literacy. It helps children understand themselves and others, allowing them to cultivate valuable qualities like compassion and empathy. It is also a healthy way for children to express their emotions and deal with emotionally challenging situations. Fortunately, there are many famous poems for children. Poets like A. A. Milne and William Blake wrote many poems for children that can inspire them to find their voice and representation through poetry, even from an early age.

Poems for Kids

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  1. Sick

    “I cannot go to school today,"
    Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
    “I have the measles and the mumps,
    A gash, a rash and purple bumps.

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    This poem is great. I really loved school when I was a child, but there were times when I was being bullied that I didn't want to go. Also I remember how miserable I felt at school when I...

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  3. Wind On The Hill

    No one can tell me,
    Nobody knows,
    Where the wind comes from,
    Where the wind goes.

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    Yes, I absolutely love this poem. It just reads so beautifully and really grabs you as soon as you begin to read it. I just love anything that describes nature and weather and makes a person...

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  4. Now We Are Six

    When I was One,
    I had just begun.
    When I was Two,
    I was nearly new.

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    I recited this to my granddaughter on her 6th birthday, and she beamed from ear to ear. Very sweet moment.

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  6. Snowball

    I made myself a snowball
    As perfect as could be.
    I thought I'd keep it as a pet
    And let it sleep with me.

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    I love the humor, innocence and whimsy of this poem. But there's more here than meets the eye. If you look a bit deeper, you can see how we sometimes don't properly interpret our experiences,...

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  7. Vespers

    Little Boy kneels at the foot of the bed,
    Droops on the little hands little gold head.
    Hush! Hush! Whisper who dares!
    Christopher Robin is saying his prayers.

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    When I was a very little boy, I used to stay round my Nana's house fairly regularly. Every time I did, she would tuck me up in bed and sing this poem to me in her beautiful, soothing voice....

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  8. The Mountain And The Squirrel

    The mountain and the squirrel
    Had a quarrel,
    And the former called the latter
    "Little prig."

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    I do not remember how I came across this poem, but ever since I knew it, it has been my favorite. A little squirrel standing up for itself against the mighty mountain and putting it in place...

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  10. Teddy Bear

    A bear, however hard he tries,
    Grows tubby without exercise.
    Our Teddy Bear is short and fat,
    Which is not to be wondered at;

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    When I was 3 or 4, I recited this poem to the Bayridge Business and Professional Women's bridge club. My aunt and godmother, Margaret Desmond, was hosting them at my grandparents' house in...

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  11. The Spider And The Fly

    "Will you walk into my parlor?" said the spider to the fly;
    "'Tis the prettiest little parlor that ever you may spy.
    The way into my parlor is up a winding stair,
    And I have many curious things to show when you are there."

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    This poem has reminded me about the wolf in sheep's skin. It's a great way to teach our children to think about the intentions of others even though they can be nice. To think about...

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  12. Sneezles

    Christopher Robin
    Had wheezles
    And sneezles,
    They bundled him

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    I wake up this morning, my 90-year-old body feeling well as it casually recites the Sneezles poem in the back of my mind. I have done so many other times! My four grown children are now...

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  13. Halfway Down

    Halfway down the stairs
    Is a stair
    Where I sit.
    There isn't any

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    My mother loved this poem and often used to recite it, right up until just before she died at age 94. So it is special to me, as well.

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