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Children’s Poems

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine The Summer You Learned to Swim

      By Michael Simms
      The summer you learned to swim
      was the summer I learned to be at peace with myself.
      In May you were afraid to put your face in the water
      but by August, I was standing in the pool once more
      when you dove in,...

    • poem

      Appeared in Poetry Magazine My Rock

      By Pat Mora
                Summer’s ending.

      I sit on my desert rock, listen
                to the world’s hum.
                         Crows and ravens caw,
      finches and sparrows chirp. A dog barks.


    • poem
      By Seamus Heaney
      Late August, given heavy rain and sun
      For a full week, the blackberries would ripen.
      At first, just one, a glossy purple clot
      Among others, red, green, hard as a knot.
      You ate that first one and its flesh was sweet
      Like thickened wine: summer's...

Learning Activities

  • Learning Prompt
    By Stefania Gomez June 1, 2020

    Stretch your mind to think about what the earth looked like before people lived in it. What did the earth beneath your...

  • Video
    From Poetry Explorers

    Today we’ll make a loom, a very old tool that weavers use to make beautiful textiles and fabrics, and weave a story...

  • Browse essays, monthly book picks, and other content by the Young People’s Poet Laureate, Elizabeth Acevedo.

  • Book Pick
    Picked By Elizabeth Acevedo February 2023

    I’m a sucker for a well-done novel in verse. Readers get not only a narrative thread to unspool, but also elevated attention...

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