Big List of Children’s Poets

Looking for a children’s poet?

This alphabetical list of children’s poets will get you started. The poets listed here are either well-known or emerging contemporary poets who are currently writing for children. I will eventually add a category for poets who have gone to the great thesaurus in the sky.

To search this list, hit Ctrl+F (on PC) or Cmd+F (on Mac) on your keyboard and type the name in the search box that will appear. Each name links to the poet’s website or to another informative site.

Is your favorite poet missing? Are you missing? Let me know!

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A

Acey, Joy  |  See Joy on NWR
Adoff, Arnold
Adoff, Jaime
Agee, Jon
Appelt, Kathi
Argueta, Jorge
Artell, Mike
Ashman, Linda
Atkins, Jeannine

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B

Babalolo, Watchen Johnson
Bagert, Brod
Balassone, Damian |  See Damian on NWR
Barnes, Michelle Heidenrich
Bernier-Grand, Carmen
Biela, Patricia
Black, Robyn Hood  |  See Robyn on NWR
Susan Blackaby  |  See Suz on NWR
Brown, Calef
Brownlee, Liz
Bruchac, Joseph
Bryant, Jen
Bulion, Leslie  |  See Leslie on NWR
Burdekin, Conrad

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C

Calmenson, Stephanie  |  See Stephanie on NWR
Carter, James
Carter, Terry Ann
Chaltas, Thalia
Chandra, Deborah
Clark, Sherryl
Coombs, Kate  |  See Kate on NWR
Cooley, Patricia
Corcoran, Jill
Cotten, Cynthia
Cronin, Cathy

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D

Dakos, Kalli
Degman, Lori  |  See Lori on NWR
Delabre, Heather
Dempsey, Kristy  |  See Kristy on NWR
Diesen, Deborah  |  See Deborah on NWR
Dotlich, Rebecca Kai
Durango, Julia

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E

Engle, Margarita  |  See Margarita on NWR

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F

Fehler, Gene
Finison, Carrie  |  See Carrie on NWR
Fleischman, Paul
Fletcher, Ralph
Florian, Douglas
Forrest, Matt
Franco, Betsy
Frost, Helen

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G

George, Kristine O’Connell
Gerber, Carole
Ghigna, Charles
Giovanni, Nikki
Goodfellow, Matt
Goulding, Peter  |  See Peter on NWR
Graham, Joan Bransfield
Grandits, John
Grimes, Nikki
Grover, Lorie Ann
Gunning, Monica

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H

Hahn, Mary Lee  |  See Mary Lee on NWR
Hancock, Kimberly Douglas
Harley, Avis
Harrison, David L.  |  See David on NWR here and here
Harshman, Terry Webb
Havill, Juanita
Heard, Georgia
Hemphill, Stephanie
Hern, Frances  | See Frances on NWR
Herrer, Juan Felipe
Herrick, Steven
Hill, Jim  |  See Jim on NWR
Hines, Anna Grossnickle
Hoberman, Mary Ann – U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate 2008-2011
Holbrook, Sara
Hopkins, Ellen
Hopkins, Lee Bennett  |  See Lee on NWR
Hubbell, Patricia

I

No entries

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J

Janeczko, Paul B.
Johnson, Catherine
Jules, Jacqueline

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K

Katz, Alan
Katz, Bobbi  |  See Bobbi on NWR
Kennedy, X. J. and Dorothy
Klostermann, Penny  |  See Penny on NWR
Kohlbrenner, Claudia
Krause, Gayle C.
Kuderick, Madeline
Kulp, Linda

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L

Lansky, Bruce
Larios, Julie  |  See Julie on NWR here and here
Latham, Irene  |  See Irene on NWR
LaTulippe, Renée M.
Lee, B.J.
Levine, Gail Carson
Levy, Debbie
Lewis, J. Patrick – U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate 2011-2013 | See Pat on NWR
Lyon, George Ella  |  See George on NWR

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M

Macken, JoAnn Early
Maddox, Marjorie
Magliaro, Elaine
Mahoney, Liana
Martino, Carmela A.
McCall, Guadalupe Garcia
McCormick, Patricia
McDougall, Jill
Mecum, Ryan
Meyer, Eileen R.
Mora, Pat
Mordhorst, Heidi  |  See Heidi on NWR
Murphy, Patricia J.
Murray, Diana
Myers, Walter Dean

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N

Nakamura, Raymond K.
Nelson, Marilyn
Nesbitt, Kenn  – U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate 2013-2015  | See Kenn on NWR
Newman, Lesléa
Nye, Naomi Shihab

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O

O’Brien, Kimberly
O’Connell, Greg
Ode, Eric
Orozco, Jose Luis
Osei-Yaw, DK  |  See DK on NWR

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P

Park, Linda Sue  |  See Linda Sue on NWR
Patton, Jane L.  | See Jane on NWR
Paul, Ann Whitford
Peters, Andrew Fusek
Pincus, Greg  |  See Greg on NWR
Prelutsky, Jack  – U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate 2006-2008

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Q

Quattlebaum, Mary

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R

Ramsey, Ellen L.
Reid, Heather F.
Rex, Adam
Richards, James
Roemer, Heidi Bee  |  See Heidi on NWR
Rosen, Michael
Rosen, Michael J.  |  See Michael on NWR
Ruddell, Deborah

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S

Salas, Laura Purdie  |  See Laura on NWR
Salinger, Michael  |  See Michael on NWR
Sassi, Laura  |  See Laura on NWR
Schaub, Michelle
Schertle, Alice
Scheu, Ted  |  See Ted on NWR
Shahan, Sherry
Shipley, Jocelyn
Sidman, Joyce  |  See Joyce on NWR
Silverman, Buffy  |  See Buffy on NWR
Singer, Marilyn
Slesarik, Ken  |  See Ken on NWR
Smith, Charles R. Jr.
Smith, Hope Anita
Sones, Sonya
Soto, Gary
Spinelli, Eileen
Stone, Tiffany

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T

Tesla, Savannah
Testa, Maria
Thomas, Joyce Carol
Thompson, Holly
Toht, Patricia

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U

Uppal, Priscila

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V

VanDerwater, Amy Ludwig  | See Amy on NWR here and here
van Stelten, Rosalee

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W

Wardlaw, Lee  |  See Lee on NWR
Waters, Charles  |  See Charles on NWR
Wayland, April Halprin  |  See April on NWR
Weatherford, Carole Boston
Weinstock, Robert
Weston, Robert Paul
Whitehead, Jenny
Williams, Kate
Withrow, Steven
Wolf, Allan
Wolff, Virginia Euwer
Wong, Janet S.  |  See Janet on NWR
Wong, Joyce Lee

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X

No entries

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Y

Yolen, Jane  |  See Jane on NWR

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Z

Zimmer, Tracie Vaughn

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