The Best Little Poems For Little Ones  

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Some of these short poems for kids rhyme. A few of them are really silly, while others attempt to teach important life lessons in a few short lines. Poetry has the ability to speak to its reader, even small ones that can barely tie their shoes. Here are 20 of the best short poems for kids. 

Many will be familiar with several authors on this list. Poets like Shel Silverstein and Robert Louis Stevenson have been entertaining young readers for years. However, there are also several lesser-known small poems for kids that are equally impressive. 

These short poems are all under 25 lines and are easy for kids to memorize. Make your voice heard. Vote up all your favorites. 

Now We Are Six

When I was One,
I had just begun.
When I was Two,
I was nearly new.
When I was Three
I was hardly me.
When I was Four,
I was not much more.
When I was Five,
I was just alive.
But now I am Six,
I'm as clever as clever,
So I think I'll be six now for ever and ever.

Author: A. A. Milne

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I made myself a snowball
As perfect as could be.
I thought I'd keep it as a pet
And let it sleep with me.
I made it some pajamas
And a pillow for its head.
Then last night it ran away,
But first it wet the bed.

Author: Shel Silverstein

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Mrs. Mitchell’s Underwear

Mrs. Mitchell’s underwear
Is dancing on the line;
Mrs. Mitchell’s underwear
Has never looked so fine.

Mrs. Mitchell’s hates to dance
She says it’s not refined.
But Mrs. Mitchell’s underwear
Is prancing on the line.

With a polk-dotted polka
And a tangled tango too,
Mrs. Mitchell’s underwear
Is like a frilly zoo!

Author: Dennis Lee

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The Rainbow

Boats sail on the rivers,
And ships sail on the seas;
But clouds that sail across the sky
Are prettier than these.
There are bridges on the rivers,
As pretty as you please;
But the bow that bridges heaven,
And overtops the trees,
And builds a road from earth to sky,
Is prettier far than these.

Author: Christina Rossetti

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