35 Summer Poems for Kids of All Ages

Celebrate sun and fun with these student-friendly texts.

Ode To Kool-Aid by Marcus Jackson...You turn the kitchen tap's metallic stream into tropical drink, extra sugar whirlpooling to the pitcher-bottom like gypsum sand...

There’s something so magical about summer. After the chill of winter has warmed, the promise of spring ushers in a season of new energy. Wind in our hair and sun on our faces, the world feels full of possibility. Poetry is an excellent way to share that amazing feeling with students. Here’s a list of summer poems for kids to brighten your day!

1. Golden Sun by Lenore Hetrick

Golden sun poem

“Shine down on me today!”

2. Summer’s Splendor By The Sea by Patricia L. Cisco

“Hushing rhythm of the waves.”

3. Missing Summer by Destinee

“The grass so green, the sun so bright.”


4. It’s Hot! by Shel Silverstein


“I’ve drunk a quart of lemonade.”

5. A Bird Song by Christina Rossetti

A Bird Song poem

“It’s a year almost that I have not seen her.”

6. In the Mountains on a Summer Day by Li Po

“Gently I stir a white feather fan.”

7. Summer at Blue Creek, North Carolina by Jack Gilbert

“There was no water at my grandfather’s…”

8. Summer in the South by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Summer in the South poem

“The oriole sings in the greening grove.”

9. For Once, Then, Something by Robert Frost

“Looking out of a wreath of fern and cloud puffs.”

10. A Green Crab’s Shell by Mark Doty

“Preserved in kind brine.”

11. Bed in Summer by Robert Louis Stevenson

Bed in Summer

“I have to go to bed by day.”

12. Ground Swell by Mark Jarman

“Gravel and sand; my knees aching with salt.”

13. In Summer by Paul Laurence Dunbar

“In a cloak from the loom of the sun!”

14. [The cry of the cicada] by Matsuo Basho

The Cry of the Cicada poem - summer poems for kids

“Gives us no sign.”

15. Fishing on the Susquehanna in July by Billy Collins

“…rowing upstream in a wooden boat.”

16. July by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz

“The figs we ate wrapped in bacon.”

17. This Is Not a Small Voice by Sonia Sanchez

“This is a large voice coming out of these cities.”

18. Still Life with Invisible Canoe by Idra Novey

Still Life With Invisible Canoe poem

“Dancing up and down.”

19. Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? (Sonnet 18) by William Shakespeare

“Thou art more lovely and more temperate.”

20. I, Too by Langston Hughes

“They’ll see how beautiful I am.”

21. Summer Magic by Leslie Pinckney Hill

Summer Magic poem

“She poured her sunshine on the earth.”

22. The Jungle by Megan Fernandes

“In midsummer, in Los Angeles, the night is fractured.”

23. The Seasons Moralized by Philip Freneau

“They who to warmer regions run, may bless the favour of the sun.”

24. Ode to Kool-Aid by Marcus Jackson

Ode to Kool-Aid - summer poems for kids

“Purplesaurus Rex, Roarin’, Rock-A-Dile Red, Ice Blue, Island Twist, Sharkleberry Fin.”

25. By the Stream by Paul Laurence Dunbar

“…I dream in calm delight, and watch as in a glass.”

26. Summer Haibun by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

“There are not enough jam jars to can this summer sky at night.”

27. A Night in the Field by Jay Parini

A Night in the Field - summer poems for kids

“I didn’t mean to stay so late.”

28. Road at Ache by Kazim Ali

“Better weather, the absence of bees.”

29. Summer Silence by E. E. Cummings

“Eruptive lightnings flutter to and fro.”

30. Summer Rain by Amy Lowell

Summer Rain - summer poems for kids

“Drops fell and flattened on the tin roof.”

31. In Summer Time by Paul Laurence Dunbar

“The world is in the magic thrall.”

32. Summer in Winter in Summer by Noah Eli Gordon

“Diving bell in a glass of water. Cacti atmosphere.”

33. August by Helen Hunt Jackson

August - summer poems for kids

“Save hum of insects’ aimless industry.”

34. Muffin of Sunsets by Elaine Equi

“The sky is melting. Me too.”

35. Mist Valley by James Longenbach

“At the end of August, when all the letters of the alphabet are waiting.”

36. Goodnight, Great Summer Sky by Rose Styron

Goodnight, Great Summer Sky - summer poems for kids

“World of my childhood and the star-struck sea.”

What are your favorite summer poems for kids? Share in the comments below!

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35 Summer Poems for Kids of All Ages