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Articles About Children's Poetry
By Susan Thomsen

It’s an online literary happy hour, without the drinks.

  • By Matthea Harvey

    Don’t underestimate what your students can understand how they will face the mysteries of poetry.

  • By Eileen Myles

    Giving children the gift of language in all its forms.

  • By Jacqueline Woodson

    Poetry takes many forms—including the form YOU give it.

  • By Kevin Canfield

    Pop star Natalie Merchant takes on poetry in her ambitious new double album.

Children's Poems
    • poem
      By Margarita Engle
      On an island of music
      in a city of drumbeats
      the drum dream girl
      dreamed
       
      of pounding tall conga drums
      tapping small bongó drums
      and boom boom booming
      with long, loud sticks
      on bit, round, silvery
      moon-bright timbales.
       
      But everyone
      on the island of music
      in the city of drumbeats
      believed that only...

    • 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 ...
      Remembering,...

    • poem
      By Francisco X. Alarcón
      some say
      I'm now almost
      extinct in this park

      but the people
      who say this
      don't know

      that by smelling
      the orchids
      in the trees

      they're sensing
      the fragrance
      of my chops

  • Browse essays, monthly book picks, and other content by the Young People’s Poet Laureate.

  • 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