(From: Florian, Douglas.  (2003).  Autumnblings.  New York: Greenwillow.)



Here is a list of some great writers of children’s poetry, with one representative work for each.  The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award and the NCTE Award for Poetry for Children webpages might also be of interest.





Arnold Adoff

Black is Brown is Tan

Francisco, X. Alarcón

Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems = Jitomates risueños y otros poemas de primavera

Douglas Florian


Kristine O'Connell George


Eloise Greenfield

Honey, I Love

Nikki Grimes

What is Goodbye?

Lee Bennett Hopkins


Alphathoughts: Alphabet Poems from A to Z

Patricia Hubbell

Sea, Sand, Me!

Paul B. Janeczko

Dirty Laundry Pile: Poems in Different Voices

Angela Johnson

The Other side: Shorter Poems

Tony Johnston

Cat, What is That?

X. J. Kennedy


Karla Kuskin

City Dog

J. Patrick Lewis Skywriting: Poems to Fly

Myra Cohn Livingston

Light and Shadow

Eve Merriam

Halloween ABC

A. A. Milne

When We were Very Young

Jack Prelutsky

It's Thanksgiving

Dr. Seuss

The Cat in the Hat

Shel Silverstein

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Gary Soto

Neighborhood Odes

Robert Louis Stevenson

A Child's Garden of Verses

Anastasia Suen


Valerie Worth

All the Small Poems

Jane Yolen

Bird Watch





Additional Recommended Poetry Resources (compiled by Andrea Reed):

Giggle Poetry

An interactive children’s site that fosters the exploration of poetry forms.  Kids can read poems, learn how to write them, rate poems, and create their own with fun “Fill-in-the-blank” poetry activities.


Mama Lisa’s Eugene Field Page

            A site that highlights the work of the classic children’s poet Eugene Field.  It includes seven of Field’s poems.


Poetry for Kids—Funny Poems for Children by Kenn Nesbitt

            Another interactive children’s site, this features the work of published children’s author Kenn Nesbitt.  Kids can read humorous poems, play poetry games, learn how to write poems, enter poetry contests, and use the Rhyming Dictionary to help them in their writing.


Scholastic:  Writing with the Writers:  Poetry

Famous children’s poets Jack Prelutsky, Karla Kuskin, and Jean Marzollo offer advice to young poets on how to write poetry.




Educational Resources on Poetry


Library of Congress Poetry Resources:  Learning Page

            Run by the Library of Congress this site features lesson plans on poetry and literature, how to incorporate the Library of Congress’ American Memory into the classroom, and other resources in addition to a list of primary sources on poetry accessible through the Library of Congress website.


PBS:  Fooling with Words with Bill Moyers

            Companion website to the PBS special that documented Bill Moyers interviewing some of the up-and-coming poets of our time at America’s largest poetry festival the Dodge Poetry Festival in New Jersey.  Includes three lesson plans and other teacher resources for teaching poetry.


Poetry Teachers

            Offers teacher resources like poetry activities, ways to teach poetry, and information on how to get your students to perform poetry in class. for Educators

            Part of the Academy of American Poets website, this section includes “Teacher Forums where teachers can share ideas and seek help from colleagues; Pedagogical & Critical Essays about poetry; extensive links to relevant websites; Curriculum Units & Lesson Plans; biographies of hundreds of poets; and nearly two-thousand poems housed.”







created 5/29/04; last updated 01/01/12