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Poems Kids Like


April 15, 2013


for Children
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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

At the Zoo
by William Makepeace Thackeray

Be Glad Your Nose is on Your Face
by Jack Prelutsky

Bleezer's Ice Cream
by Jack Prelutsky

by Christina Rossetti

Dream Variations
by Langston Hughes

by Laura Elizabeth Richards

by Marsden Hartley

I felt a Funeral, in my Brain (280)
by Emily Dickinson

by Lewis Carroll

maggie and milly and molly and may
by E. E. Cummings

Mary's Lamb
by Sarah Josepha Hale

Mother Doesn't Want a Dog
by Judith Viorst

My Shadow
by Robert Louis Stevenson

Nonsense Alphabet
by Edward Lear

by Shel Silverstein

Since Hannah Moved Away
by Judith Viorst

The Crocodile
by Lewis Carroll

The Duel
by Eugene Field

The Eagle
by Lord Alfred Tennyson

The Good Moolly Cow [excerpt]
by Eliza Lee Follen

The Land of Counterpane
by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Purple Cow
by Gelett Burgess

The Raven
by Edgar Allan Poe

The Tyger
by William Blake

We never know how high we are (1176)
by Emily Dickinson

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod
by Eugene Field

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