Most adults probably remember reading Shel Silverstein and the joy his book A Light in the Attic brought us. Reading poetry with children fosters creativity and important literacy skills like rhyming. Short poems for kids can also help develop memory skills because students usually can’t wait to share what they learned with family and friends. Since long poems may seem intimidating to younger readers or even just those new to poetry, we gathered some of the best short poems for kids. While some are silly and include nonsense words and funny names, others are more serious and tackle issues like inequality. Check out our complete list of short poems for kids below.

The Homework Machine by Shel Silverstein.

“Just put in your homework, then drop in a dime. …”

“I have eaten

the plums

that were in

the icebox”


“When she found she was tired, she abruptly expired,

That unfortunate Lady of Clare.”

4. Happy Thought by Robert Louis Stevenson

“The world is so full of a number of things.

I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings.”

“O let’s be good and make them glad!”

“Robed so white and spotless …”