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!
The Boa ConstrictorShel Silverstein
The Lion and the LilyElizabeth Spires
Where the Sidewalk EndsShel Silverstein
Teddy BearA.A. Milne
Every Time I Climb a TreeDavid McCord