Poems for Kids

The following selections of poems are curated around specific themes and are appropriate for young people.

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Family: Poems for Kids

Browse this selection of poems about parents, children, siblings, and families, including "Knoxville, Tennessee" by Nikki Giovanni and "Refugio's Hair" by Alberto Ríos.

family poems for kids

Five daughters, in the slant light on the porch,
are bickering. The eldest has come home
with new truths she can hardly wait to teach.

—from "Daughters, 1900" by Marilyn Nelson

Spanish: Poems for Kids

Browse this selection of poems in Spanish, alongside their English translations, including classics like "Arbolé, Arbolé..." by Federico García Lorca and contemporary poems like "Imágenes" by Jaime Manrique.

spanish poems for kids

un nómada
en un país
de sedentarios

—from "Naturaleza criminal" by Francisco X. Alarcón