Big List of Children’s Poets

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.

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

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A

Acey, Joy  |  On NWR: “How Tall Is the Boy?” on NWR
Adoff, Arnold   |  On NWR: NCTE Spotlight
Adoff, Jaime
Agee, Jon
Alexander, Kwame
Appelt, Kathi
Argueta, Jorge
Artell, Mike
Ashman, Linda
Atkins, Jeannine

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B

Babalolo, Watchen Johnson
Bagert, Brod
Balassone, Damian |  On NWR: “The Sportsman or the Scientist?”
Barnes, Michelle Heidenrich
Bernier-Grand, Carmen
Biela, Patricia
Black, Robyn Hood  |  On NWR: “Jade Dragon Snow Mountain”
Susan Blackaby  |  On NWR: “Recycling”
Brown, Calef
Brownlee, Liz
Bruchac, Joseph
Bryant, Jen
Bulion, Leslie  |  On NWR: “Turkey Vulture”
Burdekin, Conrad

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C

Calmenson, Stephanie  |  On NWR: “They Call It Science” and other poems
Carter, James
Carter, Terry Ann
Chaltas, Thalia
Chandra, Deborah
Clark, Sherryl
Coombs, Kate  |  On NWR: “Gulper Eel”
Cooley, Patricia
Cotten, Cynthia
Cronin, Cathy

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D

Dakos, Kalli
Degman, Lori  |  On NWR: “A Snake Ate My Homework”
Delabre, Heather
Dempsey, Kristy  |  On NWR: “Dinos in the Laboratory”
Diesen, Deborah  |  See Deborah on “The Daffodil Dance”
Dotlich, Rebecca Kai
Durango, Julia

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E

Engle, Margarita  | U.S. Young People’s Poet Laureate 2017-2019; On NWR: When You Wander and The Lightning Dreamer

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F

Fehler, Gene
Finison, Carrie  |  On NWR: “Idunno”
Fleischman, Paul
Fletcher, Ralph
Florian, Douglas  |  On NWR: How to Draw a Dragon
Forrest, Matt
Franco, Betsy
Frost, Helen

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G

George, Kristine O’Connell
Gerber, Carole
Ghigna, Charles
Giovanni, Nikki
Gittins, Chrissie
Goodfellow, Matt  | On NWR: Carry Me Away
Goulding, Peter  |  On NWR: “Put Notcher in Goal”
Graham, Joan Bransfield
Grandits, John
Grimes, Nikki  | On NWR: Words with Wings and NCTE Spotlight
Grover, Lorie Ann
Gunning, Monica

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H

Hahn, Mary Lee  |  On NWR: “After I Made a Huge Mess with my Chemistry Set”
Hancock, Kimberly Douglas
Harley, Avis
Harrison, David L.  |  On NWR: “Cookie” and “In the School Band” and “Midnight Meeting”
Harshman, Terry Webb
Havill, Juanita
Heard, Georgia
Hemphill, Stephanie
Hern, Frances  | On NWR: “Six Times a Charm”
Herrer, Juan Felipe
Herrick, Steven
Hill, Jim  |  On NWR: “Monstrous”
Hines, Anna Grossnickle
Hoberman, Mary Ann – U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate 2008-2011; On NWR: NCTE Spotlight
Holbrook, Sara
Hopkins, Ellen
Hopkins, Lee Bennett  |  On NWR: “Good Books Good Times” + interview and NCTE Spotlight and NCTE Spotlight Series
Hubbell, Patricia

I

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J

Janeczko, Paul B.
Jules, Jacqueline

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K

Katz, Alan
Katz, Bobbi  |  On NWR: “Considering Copernicus”
Kennedy, X. J. and Dorothy  |  On NWR: NCTE Spotlight
Klostermann, Penny  |  On NWR: “Max Mostly Moves On”
Kohlbrenner, Claudia
Kuderick, Madeleine
Kulp, Linda

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L

Lansky, Bruce
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
Levy, Debbie
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?”

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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  |  On NWR: “Meet the Saurus”
Murphy, Patricia J.
Murray, Diana
Myers, Walter Dean

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N

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
Newman, Lesléa
Nye, Naomi Shihab

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O

O’Brien, Kimberly
O’Connell, Greg
Ode, Eric
Orozco, Jose Luis
Osei-Yaw, DK  |  On NWR: “Plenty People Chasing One Ball”

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P

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

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Q

Quattlebaum, Mary

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R

Ramsey, Ellen L.
Reid, Heather F.
Rex, Adam
Rice, John
Richards, James
Roemer, Heidi Bee  |  On NWR: “Food Fest”
Rosen, Michael
Rosen, Michael J.  |  On NWR: “Funny Bone (Humerus)” and other poems
Ruddell, Deborah  |  On NWR: “Nobody’s Pet”

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S

Salas, Laura Purdie  |  On NWR: “Hydrophobiac”
Salinger, Michael  |  On NWR: “Gear”
Sassi, Laura  |  On NWR: “Sir Ned”
Schaub, Michelle
Schertle, Alice
Scheu, Ted  |  On NWR: “I Know I’m Going Somewhere”
Shahan, Sherry
Shipley, Jocelyn
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
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  | On NWR: “Spring Sheep” and “Puff”
van Stelten, Rosalee

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W

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
Weinstock, Robert
Weston, Robert Paul
Whitehead, Jenny
Williams, Kate
Withrow, Steven
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

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X

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Y

Yolen, Jane  |  On NWR: “First Take” and other poems

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Z

Zimmer, Tracie Vaughn

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