The 7 Best Short Poems for Kids

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Poems make your kid’s life colorful and vibrant. They add a variety of rich experience in their life and are important for developping his or her personality.

Is your kid having little or even no patience for poems, you will find below a compilation of our preferate and of the best short poems for kids:

Rabbit, by Mary Ann Hoberman

A rabbit
A little bit
An itty-bitty
Little bit of beet
Then bit
By bit
He bit
Because he liked the taste of it


Dinosaur Diets, by Jane Yolen

Stegosaurus fed on ferns,
The sauropods on pine,
Tyrannosaurus ate them both
Whenever he did dine.
So he is not invited
Very often out to lunch
Because he chose upon his hosts
To munch
and crunch
a bunch.


About the teeth of sharks, by John Ciardi

The thing about a shark is—teeth,
One row above, one row beneath.
Now take a close look. Do you find
It has another row behind?
Still closer—here, I’ll hold your hat:
Has it a third row behind that?
Now look in and…Look out! Oh my,
I’ll never know now! Well, goodbye.


Mommies, by Nikki Giovanni

Make you brush your teeth
And put your old clothes on
And clean the room
And call you from the playground
And fuss at daddies and uncles
And tuck you in at night
And kiss you


First grade, by William Stafford

In the play Amy didn’t want to be
anybody; so she managed the curtain.
Sharon wanted to be Amy. But Sam
wouldn’t let anybody be anybody else
he said it was wrong. “All right,” Steve said,
“I’ll be me but I don’t like it.”
So Amy was Amy, and we didn’t have the play.
And Sharon cried.


How to paint a donkey, by Naomi Shihab Nye

She said the head was too large,
the hooves too small.
I could clean my paintbrush
but I couldn’t get rid of that voice.
While they watched,
I crumpled him,
let his blue body stain my hand,
I cried when he hit the can.
She smiled. I could try again.
Maybe this is what I unfold in the dark,
deciding for the rest of my life,
that donkey was just the right size.


Valentine, by Donald Hall

Chipmunks jump, and
Greensnakes slither.
Rather burst than
Not be with her.

Bluebirds fight, but
Bears are stronger.
We’ve got fifty
Years or longer.

Hoptoads hop, but
Hogs are fatter.
Nothing else but
Us can matter.

Parents! Did we forget any short poems you like? Feel free to add your preferred short poem for kids in the comment below. And keep reading poems to your kids!