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Poems Kids Like

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April 01, 2016

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Ink runs from the corners of my mouth.
There is no happiness like mine.
I have been eating poetry.

—from "Eating Poetry" by Mark Strand


The following is a selection of poems kids love. For more, sign up to receive our free email series Teach This Poem, which features one poem a week from our online poetry collection, accompanied by interdisciplinary resources and activities designed to help teachers quickly and easily bring poetry into the classroom. 

 

Antigonish [I met a man who wasn't there] by Hughes Mearns
Yesterday, upon the stair,
I met a man who wasn’t there...


At the Zoo by William Makepeace Thackeray
First I saw the white bear, then I saw the black;
Then I saw the camel with a hump upon his back;...

 

Be Glad Your Nose Is on Your Face by Jack Prelutsky
Be glad your nose is on your face,
not pasted on some other place,...


Bleezer's Ice Cream by Jack Prelutsky
I am Ebenezer Bleezer,
I run BLEEZER’S ICE CREAM STORE,...


Clouds by Christina Rossetti
White sheep, white sheep,
On a blue hill,...


Dream Variations by Langston Hughes
To fling my arms wide
In some place of the sun,...


Eletelephony by Laura Elizabeth Richards
Once there was an elephant,
Who tried to use the telephant—...


Fishmonger by Marsden Hartley
I have taken scales from off 
The cheeks of the moon....


I felt a Funeral, in my Brain (280) by Emily Dickinson
I felt a Funeral, in my Brain,
And Mourners to and fro...

Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll
‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
   Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;...


maggie and milly and molly and may by E. E. Cummings
maggie and milly and molly and may
went down to the beach(to play one day)...


Mary's Lamb by Sarah Josepha Hale
Mary had a little lamb,
Its fleece was white as snow,...


Mother Doesn't Want a Dog by Judith Viorst
Mother doesn’t want a dog.
Mother says they smell,...

My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson
I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,  
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see....


Nonsense Alphabet by Edward Lear
A was an ant
Who seldom stood still,..
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Sick by Shel Silverstein
“I cannot go to school today,"
Said little Peggy Ann McKay....


Since Hannah Moved Away by Judith Viorst
The tires on my bike are flat.
The sky is grouchy gray....


The Crocodile by Lewis Carroll
How doth the little crocodile
     Improve his shining tail,...


The Duel by Eugene Field
The gingham dog and the calico cat
Side by side on the table sat;...


The Eagle by Lord Alfred Tennyson
He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,...


The Good Moolly Cow [excerpt] by Eliza Lee Follen
Come! supper is ready;
   Come! boys and girls, now,...


The Land of Counterpane by Robert Louis Stevenson
When I was sick and lay a-bed,  
I had two pillows at my head,...  


The Purple Cow by Gelett Burgess
I never saw a Purple Cow,
I never hope to see one,...


The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—...


The Tyger by William Blake
Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,...


We never know how high we are (1176) by Emily Dickinson
We never know how high we are 
  Till we are called to rise;...


Wynken, Blynken, and Nod by Eugene Field
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night
   Sailed off in a wooden shoe,—...

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