Poetry is the gateway to getting even your most word-resistant students to fall in love with words. There is something for everyone when it comes to poetry. Bring on your rule breakers, your structure lovers, and your aspiring rappers! Starting poetry in the elementary classroom should be a no-brainer but it can be tough to find poems for elementary school. We pulled together poems to get every student saying, “Hey, I like that!”

1. Rock ‘N’ Roll Band by Shel Silverstein

2. On Turning Ten by Billy Collins

3. First Girls in Little League Baseball by J. Patrick Lewis

4. Dreams by Langston Hughes

5. Falling Asleep in Class by Kenn Nesbitt


6. Nine Mice by Jack Prelutsky

7. Alligator Pie by Dennis Lee

8. Dear Basketball by Kobe Bryan

9. The King’s Breakfast by A.A. Milne

10. Winter Poem by Nikki Giovanni

11. Brown Girl, Brown Girl by Leslé Honoré

12. Mrs Moon by Robert McGough

13. About the Teeth of Sharks by John Ciardi

14. Rabbit by Mary Ann Hoberman

15. The Rose That Grew from Concrete by Tupac Shakur

16. Risk by Anais Nin

17. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

18. April Rain Song by Langston Hughes

19. Honey, I Love by Eloise Greenfield

20. Please Mrs Butler by Allan Ahlberg

21. Snail by Langston Hughes

22. Tan by Malathi Michelle Iyengar

23. Laundry Hugger by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

24. The Corn-Stalk Fiddle by Paul Laurence Dunbar

25. Since Hanna Moved Away by Judith Viorst .

26. Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle

27. My Chinatown by Kam Mak

28. Friends by Abbie Farwell Brown

29. The Tyger by William Blake

30. Knoxville, Tennessee by Nikki Giovanni

31. maggie and milly and molly and may by e.e. cummings

32. How to Paint a Donkey by Naomi Shihab Nye

33. The Purple Cow by Gelett Burgess

34. Val by Gwendolyn Brooks

35. The Dream of Shoji by Kimiko Hahn

36. Poor Old Lady by Anonymous

37. After the Winter by Claude McKay

38. Rathers by Mary Hunter Austin

39. Homework! Oh, Homework! by Jack Prelutsky

40. Notes on the Peanut by June Jordan

41. Sick by Shel Silverstein

42. Moon Festival by Marilyn Singer

43. Unexpected Holiday by Alma Flor Ada

44. The Quarrel by Maxine Kumin

45. Jaguar by Francisco X. Alarcón

46. The Parakeets by Alberto Blanco

47. Paul Revere’s Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

48. The Rainbow by Christina Rossetti

49. Now We Are 6 by A.A. Milne

50. To Catch a Fish by Eloise Greenfield

51. The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt

52. Dino Thought by Jane Yolen

53. Wallet Size by Nikki Grimes

54. The Delight Song of Tsoai-talee by N. Scott Momaday

55. Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll

56. The Swing by Robert Louis Stevenson

57. Mother Doesn’t Want a Dog by Judith Viorst

58. Trees by Joyce Kilmer

59. Autumn by Alexander Posey

60. Invictus by William Ernest Henley

61. Marshlands by Emily Pauline Johnson

62. Amelia’s First Ski Run by Nora Marks Dauenhauer

63. I, Too by Langston Hughes

64. The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams

65. Coquí by Carmen Bernier-Grand

66. The Dentist and the Crocodile by Roald Dahl

67. A Riddle by Christina Rossetti

68. Life Doesn’t Frighten Me by Maya Angelou

69. Cat by Marilyn Singer

70. Recess! Oh Recess! by Darren Sardelli

There are so many other poems you can find in books of poetry. Many are not available on the internet, but poetry books will be much loved in the classroom.

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Plus, our must-share poems for middle school and high school

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