Poems for Kids

Introduced in the right way at the right time, poems can be magical for children. They can be clever, funny, thought-provoking, sad, full of history or looking to the future, inspirational ... in fact there is a world of poetry out there to explore.

Here you will find a curated collection of poems, classic and modern, that you can share with the kids, with the help of these poem printables. Some work well on the whiteboard; others need to be printed out. All have been chosen carefully. And we are adding to this collection all the time.

4 Limericks for Kids

4 Limericks for Kids

Here are 4 of our own limericks to enjoy with the kids. Print them out or put them up on the whiteboard / computer monitor to read together.

A Red Red Rose

A Red Red Rose

Here are all the words to A Red, Red Rose by Robert Burns. Perfect if you're studying the famous Scottish poet, or perhaps to read out on Burns night? 

Anthem For Doomed Youth

Anthem For Doomed Youth

Wilfred Owen is the best known of the First World War poets, and this poem - together with Dulce et Decorum est - are particularly well known.

Edward Lear Limericks Booklet

Edward Lear Limericks Booklet

Print out 20 limericks from Edward Lear, complete with his original funny illustrations. The booklet prints onto A4 paper and folds into an A5 booklet. Staple in the middle.

Limericks by Edward Lear Printables

Edward Lear Limericks Printables

Print out 20 of Edward Lear's limericks in A4 page or A5 booklet format, complete with his original illustrations. We've changed a word here or there if necessary, but on the whole these limericks should be ones to which the kids of today can relate.

Limericks by Edward Lear Slideshow

Edward Lear Limericks Slideshow

This pdf slideshow has 20 of Edward Lear's limericks for you to put up on your computer screen or whiteboard and enjoy with the kids. We've chosen limericks that modern-day kids can understand and relate to, and changed a word here or there where necessary.

They Shall Not Grow Old

For the Fallen

One verse of the poem "For the Fallen" by Laurence Binyon is now often used at Remembrance Day services. Read the whole poem here, online, or scroll down for a printable version of both the whole poem and of just the verse which begins "They shall not grow old"..

For Want of a Nail

For Want of a Nail

This simple, anonymous poem - with its accessible, easy language - is an excellent one to provoke discussion about consequences. Children could use it as inspiration for their own poem. The printable below has been designed to look good on screens and whiteboards too.

Halloween Sensory Poem Seven Lines

Halloween Sensory Poem

The kids will love this seven line Halloween sensory poem! Perfect if you're teaching the children how to write poetry.

 I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud is William Wordsworth's most famous poem and is perhaps one of the well-known poems written in the English language. Wordsworth was inspired to write this lovely poem whilst walking by Ullswater lake on a stormy day with Dorothy, his sister.

I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud 2

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud 2

This second printable version of Wordsworth's lovely poem, I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud, works well as a poster or on a whiteboard as well as a hand-out. In the background of the poem, a host of golden daffodils nod their heads...

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders Fields

The poem "In Flanders Fields" by Dr John McCrae, written in 1915, is the reason that we use poppies to remember those that have died in wars. Read below or scroll down for our printable version.

Jabberwocky Printable

Jabberwocky

Possibly one of the best poems to read aloud with the kids - and certainly one of my favourites - is Jabberwocky, from Alice through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. Here is a printable version of the poem so that you can all enjoy it together!

Men Who March Away

Men Who March Away

Thomas Hardy wrote this poem at the outbreak of the First World War, in 1914. He was 74 years old so would not be experiencing the horrors of the war, which he felt was "just" and necessary.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Robert Frost's lovely poem, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, is a popular poem with children and an excellent one to study. It's language and story are accessible on first reading. But, like the best poems, the more you read it, the more you read into it.

Summer Sensory Poem

Summer Sensory Poem

Print out this fun summer sensory poem and discuss it with the kids to help them plan their own poetry. It's written from the author's point of view (first person) and describes what the author is seeing, smelling, feeling, tasting and hearing!

The Lament Of The Demobilised

The Lament of the Demobilised

The author of The Lament Of The Demobilised, Vera Brittain, is best known for her memoirs, Testament of Youth. Vera worked as a nurse during World War I and the poem tells of her experiences when she came back.

The Owl and the Pussycat printable

The Owl and the Pussycat Printable

Here is a printable version of Edward Lear's lovely poem, The Owl and the Pussycat - rumoured to be the favourite poem of all time, I believe!

The Owl and the Pussycat Slideshow

The Owl and the Pussycat Slideshow

The owl and the pussycat went to see in a beautiful pea-green boat... who doesn't love the rhythm and silliness of Edward Lear's poem. This slideshow is paced at 30 seconds per slide but you can click to pause or speed up.

The Seedling

The Seedling

The Seedling, by Paul Laurence Dunbar, is an interesting poem about a seedling struggling to grow and survive - a lesson for children who are growing up, from one of the first African-American poets to gain national recognition. This poem was published in 1913.

The Seedling Slideshow

The Seedling Slideshow

This poem, by the African-American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, was published in 1913. It's a little old-fashioned for today's tastes, but it talks about struggle, and growth, and perserverence in the face of adversity. You can put this up on a screen or print it.

The Soldier

The Soldier

Rupert Brooke's poem, The Soldier, was written at the beginning of the First World War, in 1914, and he died a year after writing it. Read it here or download a printable version, in colour or black and white, below.

The Way Through the Woods

The Way Through the Woods

This lovely poem - The Way Through the Woods by Rudyard Kipling - is an excellent choice for children. It's lyrical rhythm and clever, exciting rhyme scheme helps it trip off the tongue if you read it aloud - making it a particularly good one for learning and reciting, too.

There is Freedom Poster

There is Freedom Poster

This lovely poem by the young Erin Hanson - known as EH - is one of my favourites. Print out this poster to share it, or put it up on your whiteboard.

There Will Come Soft Rains

There Will Come Soft Rains

This poem by the American poet Sara Teasdale was first published in 1918. It reminds us that the natural world carries on regardless of war - at the same time reassuring and rather chilling!

We Shall Keep the Faith

We Shall Keep the Faith

This poem was writted by Moina Mitchell in 1918 and inspired by "In Flanders Field" by Dr John McRae. Read it below or scroll down for our printable version.

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