Delightful poems selected especially for young children.
- The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Robert Browning
"How they suffered so from vermin, was a pity." Illustrated by Kate Greenaway.
- Roses are Red by Mother Goose
A classic nursery rhyme to recite on Mother's Day, or to chant while jumping rope.
- To Market, To Market by Mother Goose
Sing, chant, or dance to the entire collection of Mother Goose nursery rhymes!
- The Owl and the Pussy-Cat by Edward Lear
A lovely adventure with predictable rhyming verse to build confidence in early readers. Illustrated by William Foster.
- The Duck and the Kangaroo by Edward Lear
What an unlikely pair, enjoy the predictable rhyming verse to build confidence in early readers, illustrated by William Foster.
- A Bird Came Down the Walk by Emily Dickinson
A celebration of the everyday: a detailed description of a bird enjoying a worm.
- Assault by Edna St. Vincent Millay
"Who will walk between me and the crying of the frogs?"
- The Cat and the Fiddle by L. Frank Baum
What a bonus! The Mother Goose nursery rhyme followed by L. Frank Baum's story behind the rhyme!
- Autumn by Emily Dickinson
Dickinson introduces children to personification.
Just So Stories Poems
- Three little birds in a row by Stephen Crane
Curious, what do these three birds talk about, all in a row?
- Just So Stories Poems by Rudyard Kipling
Enjoy the poems to discover how the elephant, camel, whale, leopard, armadillo and more got their animal characteristics in Just So Stories
- Afternoon on a Hill by Edna St. Vincent Millay
"I will be the gladdest thing under the sun!"
- Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost
"The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep."
The Railway Train
- The Railway Train by Emily Dickinson
You can rename it I Like to See It Lap the Miles in case you want to read it to someone as a riddle.
- Child-Songs by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Children could almost skip rope chanting Tennyson's cheery verses.
- I'd Love to Be a Fairy's Child by Robert Graves
"They live on cherries, they run wild-- I'd love to be a Fairy's child."
The Great Figure
- The Great Figure by William Carlos Williams
Among the rain and lights I saw the figure 5 in gold on a red firetruck..."
- Our Little Ghost by Louisa May Alcott
Not the least bit spooky, "For, in this happy little soul, shines a sun that never sets."
- Twas the Night Before Christmas featured in Christmas Stories for Children
This classic poem is a must-read on Christmas Eve!
- The Christmas Ball by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, featured in Christmas Stories for Children
Children and fairies sure know how dance under the shade of the Christmas-tree!
- Once Upon a Time by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Find out what happens to the nest of fairies.
- The Children's Hour by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"I hear in the chamber above me, the patter of little feet, the sound of a door that is opened, and voices soft and sweet."
The Children's Hour
- The Snowflake Tree by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Freeman celebrates the beauty of winter, and the joy of coming home to a warm hearth.
- Spider, say again by Matsuo Basho
- The Caterpillar by Robert Graves
"I crawl on my high and swinging seat, and eat, eat,eat-- as one ought to eat."
- A Snow Man by Author unknown
All good snowmen eventually melt, but they are so fun to enjoy while they last!
- Dust of Snow by Robert Frost
Who knew crows could be kind?
- Pippa's Song by Robert Browning
It's a perfect spring day: "All's right with the world!"
The Village Blacksmith
- The Making of the Long Serpent by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Longfellow's tribute to the Viking boat-builder, Thorberg Skafting.
- The Village Blacksmith by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"And children coming home from school look in at the open door; They love to see the flaming forge, And bear the bellows roar."
- The Echoing Green by William Blake
An old man's remembrance of the joy of childhood play. Blake's poems from a children's perspective are in Songs of Innocence
- Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"Listen, my children, and you shall hear of the midnight ride of Paul Revere..."
- The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus
"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."
Casey at the Bat
- Casey at the Bat by Ernest Lawrence Thayer
"It looked extremely rocky for the Mudville nine that day..."
- Waltzing Matilda by Banjo Paterson
Learn the meaning of billabong, jumpbuck, coolibah and swagman in Australia's unofficial anthem!
- The Bean-Stalk by Edna St. Vincent Millay
"Ho Giant, this is I! I have built me a bean-stalk into your sky!"
- The Walrus and the Carpenter by Lewis Carroll