The following selections of poems are curated around specific themes and are appropriate for young readers.
Find poetry lesson plans, essays about teaching, a glossary of poetry terms, and other educator resources on our Materials for Teachers page. Visit our Poetry for Teens page to find more selections of poems tailored to a high school audience. Encourage students to participate in the Dear Poet project. And, celebrate Poem In Your Pocket Day virtually on April 30.
Browse this selection of poems about parents, children, siblings, and families, including "Knoxville, Tennessee" by Nikki Giovanni and "Refugio's Hair" by Alberto Ríos.
Browse this selection of poems in Spanish, alongside their English translations, including classics like "Arbolé, Arbolé..." by Federico García Lorca and contemporary poems like "Imágenes" by Jaime Manrique.
Warm summer sun,
Shine kindly here,
Warm southern wind,
Blow softly here.
—from "Warm Summer Sun" by Mark Twain