History of American Children’s Poets – Episode 1: The 1920s

Welcome to a new poetry series with Lee Bennett Hopkins! 


In this series, Lee will take us through a chronology of American poets for children from 1920 to 1999. Each episode will focus on the poets of a single decade, and the posts will include a few sample poems, photos, and a growing timeline of poets.

We hope you’ll enjoy this journey through time with us!



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  1. Well, I love every one of these 1920s poems shared here today! (If I HAD to pick a favorite it would be Rachel Field’s rich Wild Geese. Though the camel-hills are sticking with me as well… and the upstairs teeth… see?) How wonderful to take a look back… thank you, Renee and Lee, for another fabulous series! xo

  2. Renee and Lee, thank you so much. This is absolutely wonderful. You included some of my very favorite poems. I honestly had no idea they were written so long ago.

  3. This is going to be a wonderful series. I’m amazed at the poetry from the 1920s. It could have been written today. Can’t wait for the next presentation. Thanks!

  4. Wow, this new series is going to be one to save, Renee & Lee. How full my notebook will be with new favorite poems! I love the Firefly poem by Elizabeth Madox Roberts, and the others are wonderful too.

  5. Love this post, Renee & Lee…thank you for doing this! A wealth of information here. I’d not heard of little Hilda, but I would love to have seen where her talent led her. And I have to say a BIG “Thank You” for including Dorothy Aldis, whose poetry collection “A Secret Place and other poems” was the first book of poetry I ever received (I was barely 5 or 6), and whose style influenced my own writing probably more than anyone.

  6. Yay! Another fabulous poetry series from this dynamic duo! And how absolutely fascinating. Thank you for bringing this to us, Renée, and what a ton of wonderful research, Lee. You are a national treasure!

  7. Thank you Lee and Renee–another wonderful series to look forward to! Other than “Something Told the Wild Geese” (a favorite) these are all new to me, and delightful. “See I Can Do It” made me laugh.

  8. This was a wonderful, wonderful episode. I love the poems that are new to me…but not new. I have beautiful mentor text to play with. And, I’m really looking forward to poems from the 30s. I have a fascination with the 1930s and have been researching that time. Fantastic idea for a series. Thank you both.

  9. Thanks Lee and Renée for sharing this rich historical step back into the origins of American Children’s Poets–filled with two areas I love history and poetry. I especially liked the line from Rachel Field’s poem SKYSCRAPER “Do they ever wish they could lie right down and never get up at all.” And Dorothy Keeley Aldis’ SEE I CAN DO IT, is delightful.

  10. Excited about this new series!! Enjoyed learning about these 1920’s poets. Only Field was familiar to me, and it was great hearing “Something Told the Wild Geese” again. And I loved “See, I Can Do It” — perfectly charming and so childlike.

    Thanks so much, Lee and Renee!

  11. This is wonderful! Thank you both for doing this work. It makes me think of all the poetry I enjoyed in my childhood and the poetry my daughter and I enjoyed together. Looking forward to the 1930s.

  12. Thank you Renee and Lee for the walk through the past! I think my favorite is Roberts’ firefly poem, though I have heard and enjoyed Field’s Something Told the WIld Geese. The toothbrush one made me laugh at the ending! And Miller’s portrait of a cat is just lovely. I’m looking forward to learning more through the decades.

  13. Thank you,Renee, and thank you, Lee, for a wonderful review of the ’20s. I loved every poem included, and delighted in learning about the lives of each poet. So nice to enjoy these lovely words today, and looking forward to the next installment.

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