The Best Poems For Kids To Read

Over 300 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Best Poems For Kids To Read
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What are the best children’s poems of all time? This list includes the best kids poems such as "The Raven," "The Boa Constrictor," "Now We Are Six," and "The Loser." Though much poetry is too advanced for children to really grasp, there is a great deal of poetry written specifically for kids, such as the greatest kids poems on this list. Rhyming poetry can be a good first step for new readers, sillier poems are great for reading aloud to younger children, and short poems are a wonderful way to practice memorization skills.

Many poets write directly for young readers. Poets like Shel Silverstein and Christina Rossetti create fun, silly world with rhyming language that any kid will enjoy. Even kids who don't like reading can have fun with a great kids poem.

Vote up the best poems for children below, or add the poems you read as a kid to the list and see where they rank!

Most divisive: At the Zoo
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  • The Boa Constrictor
    93 votes

    The Boa Constrictor

    Shel Silverstein
  • The Lion and the Lily
    14 votes

    The Lion and the Lily

    Elizabeth Spires
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends
    45 votes

    Where the Sidewalk Ends

    Shel Silverstein
  • Caterpillar
    45 votes


    Christina Rossetti
  • Teddy Bear
    45 votes

    Teddy Bear

    A.A. Milne
  • Every Time I Climb a Tree
    26 votes

    Every Time I Climb a Tree

    David McCord