30 Best Short Poems To Share With Kids

Serve up some poetry!

Poetry Is My Underwear by April Halprin Wayland.

Most adults probably remember reading Shel Silverstein and the joy his book A Light in the Attic brought us. Reading poetry with children fosters creativity and important literacy skills like rhyming. Short poems for kids can also help develop memory skills because students usually can’t wait to share what they learned with family and friends. Since long poems may seem intimidating to younger readers or even just those new to poetry, we gathered some of the best short poems for kids. While some are silly and include nonsense words and funny names, others are more serious and tackle issues like inequality. Check out our complete list of short poems for kids below.

1. The Homework Machine by Shel Silverstein

The Homework Machine by Shel Silverstein.

“Just put in your homework, then drop in a dime. …”

2. This Is Just to Say by William Carlos Williams

“I have eaten

the plums

that were in


the icebox”

3. There Was a Young Lady of Clare by Edward Lear

“When she found she was tired, she abruptly expired,

That unfortunate Lady of Clare.”

4. Happy Thought by Robert Louis Stevenson

“The world is so full of a number of things.

I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings.”

5. The Stars Are Blinking by Annette Wynne

“O let’s be good and make them glad!”

6. Tiny Little Snowflakes by Lucy Larcom

“Robed so white and spotless …”

7. The Crocodile by Lewis Carroll

The Crocodile by Lewis Carroll.

“How cheerfully he seems to grin …”

8. How Do I Love Thee by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.”

9. The Cry of the Cicada by Matsuo Basho

“The cry of the cicada

gives us no sign

that presently it will die.”

10. I’m Nobody! Who Are You? by Emily Dickinson

“I’m nobody! Who are you?

Are you – Nobody – too?”

11. Sonnet by James Weldon Johnson

“Tho’ thick the battle and tho’ fierce the fight,

There is a power making for the right.”

12. My Missing Shoe by Kate Miller Wilson

“My mother is calling me, and I’m calling you,

Where have you gone my missing shoe?”

13. I Ate a Chili Pepper by Barbara Vance

“I ate a chili pepper

On a lunch-time dare …”

14. My Long-Eared Dog by Denise Rodgers

“My long-eared dog is very sweet.

He loves to lick my stinky feet.”

15. Poetry Is My Underwear by April Halprin Wayland

Poetry Is My Underwear by April Halprin Wayland.

“Doesn’t she know

she’s waving my underwear?”

16. On Quiet Feet by Nikki Grimes

“I might even


his heart beat –

but never

his quiet


17. My Rock by Pat Mora

“Taking a deep breath, I gather myself.

I bring what I am.”

18. Cat by Marilyn Singer

“No cat I remember

dislikes December


19. A Blank White Page by Francisco X. Alarcón

A Blank White Page by Francisco Alarcón.

“is a meadow

after a snowfall”

20. The Promise by Jane Hirshfield

“Stay, I said to my loves.

Each answered,


21. Mr. McGallimagoo by James McDonald

“Refer to me by my proper name,

Which is Mr. Hullibajiss.”

22. Dust by P.A. Ropes

“The grey dust runs on the ground like a mouse …”

23. My Griffin by Laura E. Richards

“I keep my Griffin in the barn;

I keep him busy winding yarn.”

24. Fun by Leroy F. Jackson

Fun by Leroy F. Jackson.

“I love to hear a lobster laugh,

Or see a turtle wiggle …”

25. A Baby Sardine by Spike Milligan

“Oh come, come, come,

Said the sardine’s mum.”

26. Oh, Fly by Jane Yolen

“For oh, you are

a lovely fly.


do not go

and multiply.”

27. Stronger Together by Rupi Kaur

“more women in the arena means

more room for all of us to rise.”

28. Humming Birds by Betty Sage

Humming Birds by Betty Sage.

“I think it is a funny thing

That some birds whistle, others sing.”

29. A Wee Little Worm by James Whitcomb Riley

“A wee little worm in a hickory-nut

Sang, happy as he could be …”

30. Snowball by Shel Silverstein

“I made myself a snowball

As perfect as could be.”

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Teaching poetry in the classroom encourages creativity and literacy skills. Check out our list of short poems for kids!