Looking for a young people’s poet?
This alphabetical list of children’s and young people’s poets will get you started. The poets listed here are either published or emerging contemporary poets who are currently writing for children and young adults. 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.
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Acey, Joy | On NWR: “How Tall Is the Boy?” on NWR
Adoff, Arnold | On NWR: NCTE Spotlight
Babalolo, Watchen Johnson
Balassone, Damian | On NWR: “The Sportsman or the Scientist?”
Barnes, Michelle Heidenrich
Black, Robyn Hood | On NWR: “Jade Dragon Snow Mountain”
Susan Blackaby | On NWR: “Recycling”
Bulion, Leslie | On NWR: “Turkey Vulture”
Calmenson, Stephanie | On NWR: “They Call It Science” and other poems
Carter, Terry Ann
Coombs, Kate | On NWR: “Gulper Eel”
Degman, Lori | On NWR: “A Snake Ate My Homework”
Dempsey, Kristy | On NWR: “Dinos in the Laboratory”
Diesen, Deborah | See Deborah on “The Daffodil Dance”
Dotlich, Rebecca Kai
George, Kristine O’Connell
Goodfellow, Matt | On NWR: Carry Me Away
Goulding, Peter | On NWR: “Put Notcher in Goal”
Graham, Joan Bransfield
Grimes, Nikki | On NWR: Words with Wings and NCTE Spotlight
Grover, Lorie Ann
Hahn, Mary Lee | On NWR: “After I Made a Huge Mess with my Chemistry Set”
Hancock, Kimberly Douglas
Harrison, David L. | On NWR: “Cookie” and “In the School Band” and “Midnight Meeting”
Harshman, Terry Webb
Hern, Frances | On NWR: “Six Times a Charm”
Herrer, Juan Felipe
Hill, Jim | On NWR: “Monstrous”
Hines, Anna Grossnickle
Hoberman, Mary Ann – U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate 2008-2011; On NWR: NCTE Spotlight
Hopkins, Lee Bennett | On NWR: “Good Books Good Times” + interview and NCTE Spotlight and NCTE Spotlight Series
Katz, Bobbi | On NWR: “Considering Copernicus”
Kennedy, X. J. and Dorothy | On NWR: NCTE Spotlight
Klostermann, Penny | On NWR: “Max Mostly Moves On”
Larios, Julie | On NWR: “No Strings Attached” and “Names”
Latham, Irene | On NWR: “Dolphin Learns to Spin”
LaTulippe, Renée M. | See Renée’s poems
Lee, B.J. | “A Garden Prayer” on NWR
Levine, Gail Carson
Lewis, J. Patrick – U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate 2011-2013 | On NWR: “Mosquito” + Interview and NCTE Spotlight
Lyon, George Ella | On NWR: “How Romantic Can You Get?”
Macken, JoAnn Early
Martino, Carmela A.
McCall, Guadalupe Garcia
Meyer, Eileen R.
Mordhorst, Heidi | On NWR: “Meet the Saurus”
Murphy, Patricia J.
Myers, Walter Dean
Nakamura, Raymond K.
Nelson, Marilyn | On NWR: NCTE Spotlight
Nesbitt, Kenn – U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate 2013-2015 | On NWR: “My Hamster Has a Skateboard” + interview
Nye, Naomi Shihab
Park, Linda Sue | On NWR: “The Real Thing”
Patton, Jane L. | On NWR: “Stadium Speaks”
Paul, Ann Whitford
Peters, Andrew Fusek
Pincus, Greg | On NWR: “I Went to the Farm Where Spaghetti Is Grown”
Prelutsky, Jack – U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate 2006-2008
Ramsey, Ellen L.
Reid, Heather F.
Roemer, Heidi Bee | On NWR: “Food Fest”
Rosen, Michael J. | On NWR: “Funny Bone (Humerus)” and other poems
Ruddell, Deborah | On NWR: “Nobody’s Pet”
Salas, Laura Purdie | On NWR: “Hydrophobiac”
Salinger, Michael | On NWR: “Gear”
Sassi, Laura | On NWR: “Sir Ned”
Scheu, Ted | On NWR: “I Know I’m Going Somewhere”
Sidman, Joyce | On NWR: “The Ants” and NCTE Spotlight
Silverman, Buffy | On NWR: “Think of an Atom”
Singer, Marilyn | On NWR: “In the Hood” + NCTE Spotlight
Slesarik, Ken | On NWR: “The Woodland Vole”
Smith, Charles R. Jr.
Smith, Hope Anita
Wardlaw, Lee | On NWR: Wonton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku
Waters, Charles | On NWR: “A Dog Manifesto”
Wayland, April Halprin | On NWR: “I Like that Night Follows Day”
Weatherford, Carole Boston
Weston, Robert Paul
Wolf, Allan | On NWR: “The Dactyl Poem”
Wolff, Virginia Euwer
Wong, Janet S. | On NWR: “Gonggong and Susie”
Wong, Joyce Lee
Woodson, Jacqueline – U.S. Young People’s Poet Laureate 2015-2017