What are good poems for children?

moavia asks: I want to see poems for kids.

Hi moavia –

Oh there are SOOOO many poems for kids out there!  Here are a few to start with.  None are new or rare, but once you’ve started with these, you’ll be set to discover many new magical ones!


“Mother Goose” – of course the most famous collection of children’s poetry ever.  There’s nothing I can say about it that hasn’t been said a zillion times over.

“A Child’s Garden of Verses” by Robert Louis Stevenson – Pretty old stuff now (19th century), but beautiful, and fun when you think that this is the same guy who wrote “Treasure Island” and “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde!”

“When We Were Very Young” and “Now We Are Six” by A.A. Milne – Soft, funny, poems for and about children, from the author of “Winnie the Pooh.”

“The Giving Tree” and “Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein – Funny, heartfelt, creative, delightful poetry by the man who wrote Johnny Cash’s great hit “A Boy Named Sue!”

Anything, and I mean ANYTHING, by Dr. Seuss – I suppose he’s the most popular of all children’s authors now, and nearly all his work is in charming, hilarious, magical verse.  If you’ve never read “Green Eggs and Ham,” you really are missing out.

See what you think.  You’re entering a world of magic and joy, moavia.  It’s like me walking into a new forest, full of new and wonderful scents.




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