We’ve partnered with the Academy of American Poets to celebrate National Poetry Month–check out their website if you haven’t before, but be aware you could lose a few hours reading!

Here are 15 poems selected for children, for National Poetry Month, by The Academy of American Poets. Thank you, Academy! We hope you, our readers, enjoy spending time exploring these poems, embedded below, and that you feel inspired to produce your own.

El Florida Room” by Richard Blanco

  • Richard Blanco is the Academy of American Poets’ Education Ambassador, and in 2013, he was selected to write a poem for Barack Obama’s second inauguration. In this interview from 2013, he shares his writing process, his poetic influences, and his thoughts about poetry’s place in America.

When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities” by Chen Chen

A Way of Seeing” by Kwame Dawes

Heart to Heart” by Rita Dove

A Small Needful Fact” by Ross Gay

Knoxville, Tennessee” by Nikki Giovanni

breaking away to the u.s.” by José B. González

Remember” by Joy Harjo

Fast Break” by Edward Hirsch

Three Foxes by the Edge of the Field at Twilight” by Jane Hirshfield

Amphibians” by Joseph O. Legaspi

How to Triumph Like a Girl” by Ada Limón

Wrap” by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Famous” by Naomi Shihab Nye

The Dogs at Live Oak Beach, Santa Cruz” by Alicia Ostriker

Which poem do you like the most? Share your thoughts below! 

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Jane has been working with Stone Soup since 2016 on variety of different things--including running the Stone Soup Test Kitchen! She is a writer, researcher and consultant.

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