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Articles About Children's Poetry
By Julie Danielson & Eisha Prather

Some poetic treats to snack on throughout the school year.

Children's Poems
    • poem
      By Jacqueline Woodson
      On Sundays, the preacher gives everyone a chance
      to repent their sins. Miss Edna makes me go

      to church. She wears a bright hat
      I wear my suit. Babies dress in lace.

      Girls my age, some pretty, some not so
      pretty. Old ladies and men...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine The Bean Eaters

      By Gwendolyn Brooks
      They eat beans mostly, this old yellow pair.   
      Dinner is a casual affair.
      Plain chipware on a plain and creaking wood,   
      Tin flatware.

      Two who are Mostly Good.
      Two who have lived their day,
      But keep on putting on their clothes   
      And putting things away.

      And remembering ...

    • poem
      By Maya Angelou
      A free bird leaps
      on the back of the wind   
      and floats downstream   
      till the current ends
      and dips his wing
      in the orange sun rays
      and dares to claim the sky.

      But a bird that stalks
      down his narrow cage
      can seldom see through
      his bars of rage
      his wings...

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  • Video
    From Poetry Documentaries

    Using simple, illuminative paper-cut puppetry, this enchanting video imagines the moment of witness that inspired Gwendolyn Brooks to write her landmark poem,...

Children's Videos