Web Links – Children’s Poets
These are links to websites of children’s poets.
- Bagert, Brod
The homepage of Brod Bagert, author of Giant Children and many other books of poetry for kids. Known as one of America's most popular performing children's poets, Brod Bagert travels the country, giving hundreds of poetry presentations every year.
- Bliss, Ryan T.
The website of Mooseclumps author, Ryan T. Bliss.
- Brown, Calef
Calef Brown is the author and illustrator of many fantastical books of poetry for kids, including Polka Bats and Octopus Slacks, and Dutch Sneakers and Flea Keepers. His website includes excerpts from his books, and many, many illustrations.
- Burg, Brad
Brad Burg is the author of Outside the Lines: Poetry at Play, a collection of what he calls "graphic" poems (commonly known as "concrete" poems). On his web site, you'll find a number of sample pages from Outside the Lines, as well as audio recordings, tips on how to write your own graphic poems, and lots more. This is some really great stuff!
- Cleary, Brian P
Brian P. Cleary, author of the best-selling Words Are Categorical series, and Rainbow Soup; Adventures in Poetry has more than one million books in print. He has visited classrooms in 34 states since the year 2000.
- Cookson, Paul
Paul Cookson is a best-selling UK poet and performer, and the author of many collections of poetry, including Pants on Fire and Crazy Classrooms and Secret Staffrooms. His website contains biographical information, as well as details about his books, and a number of poems for you to enjoy.
- Dakos, Kalli
Kalli Dakos is the author of If You're Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand, The Goof Who Invented Homework, and many other collections of poetry for children.
- Dotlich, Rebecca Kai
The official website of children's author and poet, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, includes information about her wonderful books, her writing, and her school visit programs.
- Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss is probably the best-known children's author and poet ever. Check out Seussville, the official Dr. Suess website!
- Engle, Margarita
Margarita Engle is the multiple award-winning Cuban-American author of verse books such as The Surrender Tree, Enchanted Air, Forest World, and Drum Dream Girl. Margarita served as the 2017-2019 Young People’s Poet Laureate.
- Florian, Douglas
Insectlopedia, Mammalabilia, In the Swim, and many, many other lavishly illustrated books of children's poetry. This link is to Douglas Florian's poetry blog, called Florian Cafe. If you would like to see his art website, visit https://www.douglasflorian.com
- Franco, Betsy
Betsy Franco has written over fifty books for children and young adults, picture books, poetry collections, and nonfiction. She also compiles anthologies of teenage writing. Betsy particularly loves to show children how exciting, sassy, and creative math can be.
- George, Kristine O'Connell
Kristine O'Connell George is the award winning author of Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems, The Great Frog Race, Old Elm Speaks, Little Dog Poems and many other picture books and poetry collections.
- Ghigna, Charles
Also known as "Father Goose," Charles Ghigna is the author of more than 100 books for children, mostly poetry.
- Giovanni, Nikki
The website of award-winning poet Nikki Giovanni, author of many collections of poetry for children.
- Grimes, Nikki
Nikki Grimes is an award-winning and widely published author of poetry for children and adults, including Meet Danitra Brown, A Pocketful of Poems, and many other books.
- Heck, CJ
Poetry & short stories by poet & children's author CJ Heck; site also has mazes to print, tongue twisters, quotes, poems to finish, links.
- Herrick, Steven
Steven Herrick is a popular Australian children's poet, and author of many books, including My Life, My Love, My Lasagna, Poetry to the Rescue, and Waterbombs.
- Higginson, Ken
Fun Poems and Drawings by Author and Illustrator Ken Higginson.
- Hoberman, Mary Ann
Mary Ann Hoberman is a poet and the critically acclaimed author of many, many books for children, including the beloved A House Is a House for Me, winner of a National Book Award. She was the U.S. Children's Poet Laureate from 2008-2011.
- Holbrook, Sara
Sara Holbrook is the author of The Dog Ate My Homework, Which Way to the Dragon, and other books of verse.
- Hopkins, Lee Bennett
The website of award-winning poet, editor, and anthologist Lee Bennett Hopkins.
- Hubbell, Patricia
Patricia Hubbell is the author of several books of children's poetry, including City Kids, Earthmates, A Grass Green Gallop, and more.
- Katz, Alan
Alan Katz is the author of Take Me Out of the Bathtub and many other "silly dilly" books for kids.
- Katz, Bobbi
Bobbi Katz has written many books of poetry for children, including A Rumpus of Rhymes: A Book of Noisy Poems, We the People, Could We Be Friends: Poems for Pals, and many others.
- Kay, Verla
Verla Kay is the author of a number of wonderful picture books, written the simplest verse, including Orphan Train, Gold Fever, Iron Horses, and many others. Her ability to tell a compelling and complex story in compact, rhyming poetry is nothing short of amazing.
- Munsch, Robert
Although Robert Munsch is best known as the author of popular children's picture books such as Love You Forever he is also a children's poet. You will find his poems sprinkled throughout his picture books, and plenty of entertaining verse on his website..
- O'Neil, Kate
'Kate O Neil' is the pen-name of Australian children's poet Dianne Cook. Her website contains many, many fun poems for kids.
- Ode, Eric
The homepage of Eric Ode, a singer, songwriter, and poet for children and families. Stop by to learn about his programs for schools and libraries, check out his schedule for upcoming concerts and events, read a few poems, and take a peek at his CDs and books.
- Orshoski, Paul
The website of Paul Orshoski, children's author and poet. Paul's poems have appeared in many magazines and collections of humorous verse.
- Perry, Andrea
Andrea Perry is the author a several poetry collections and picture books, including Here's What You Do When You Can't Find Your Shoe, and The Snack Smasher.
- Pottle, Robert
Read and listen to the funny poetry of children's author Robert Pottle.
- Prelutsky, Jack
Jack Prelutsky is the author of New Kid on the Block, Something Big Has Been Here, A Pizza the Size of the Sun, and many, many other books of children's poetry. He was the U.S. Children's Poet Laureate from 2006-2008.
- Rogers, Denise
Known as "The Poetry Lady," Denise Rodgers is the author of two books of funny poetry: A Little Bit of Nonsense and Great Lakes Rhythm and Rhyme.
- Sage, Mark
Kids poems by Mark Sage that look at life from a kids point of view. Funny, irreverent and based on real-life (mostly) ;)
- Sardelli, Darren
Laugh-a-Lot Poetry is the website of Darren Sardelli, the author of Galaxy Pizza and Meteor Pie.
- Scheu, Ted
Ted Scheu, "That Poetry Guy," has put together a terrific website with lots of poems and other fun stuff. His poetry books include, Someday I'll Be a Teacher, I Froze My Mother, and many others.
- Shavick, Andrea
UK children's poet Andrea Shavick's website has loads of poems and you can send in your own too!
- Sidman, Joyce
Joyce Sidman is the author of many gorgeous collections of poetry, including Song of the Water Boatman & Other Pond Poems, The World According to Dog: poems and teen voices, Eureka! Poems about Inventors, and Just Us Two: Poems about Animal Dads. Visit her website for descriptions of her books, as well as lots of useful information for teachers, writers and students.
- Sierra, Judy
Judy Sierra is the author of Monster Goose, There's a Zoo in Room 22 and other books of poetry for kids.
- Silverstein, Shel
Shel Silverstein is the author of Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Falling Up and many other children's books.
- Sklansky, Amy
Amy E. Sklansky is the author of From the Doghouse: Poems to Chew On, Skeleton Bones and Goblin Groans and other books of "easy rhymes and bouncy rhythm" for preschoolers and young readers. A writer and freelance editor of children's books, Ms. Sklansky lives with her family in St. Louis, Missouri. Visit her website to find out more about her books, school visits and more.
- Spinelli, Eileen
Eileen Spinelli is the author of dozens of picture books, rhyming stories and collections of poetry for children. Her website includes information about her books, a biography, poem of the month, and lots more.
- Strickland, Michael
Michael R. Strickland is the author of several books of children's poetry, including Poems That Sing to You, Families: Poems Celebrating The African American Experience, My Own Song And Other Poems To Groove To and others.
- VanDerwater, Amy Ludwig
Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is the award-winning author of Forest Has a Song and many other books for children.
- Williams, Shane D.
Funny and witty poems for children by Shane D. Williams. Stop by and have a laugh!
- Wolf, Allan
Allan Wolf is a brilliantly talented and insightful poet, and author of many books of verse for children.
- Wong, Janet
Janet S. Wong is author of several acclaimed books of poetry for children, including Good Luck Gold and Other Poems, The Rainbow Hand: Poems About Mothers and Children, A Suitcase of Seaweed: And Other Poems, and Behind the Wheel: Poems About Driving.
- Woodson, Jacqueline
Jacqueline Woodson is the author of Brown Girl Dreaming, and many other books for children. She was named the U.S. Young People's Poet Laureate in 2015.
- Yolen, Jane
Jane Yolen is the author of more than 250 children's books, including quite a few collections of poetry.