Poems of the Bookstr Team: Our Childhood All-Time Favorites

What is your favorite poem as a wee one? Check out Bookstr’s choices of our most cherished childhood poems!

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Nothing beats a good old poem to warm our bookworm hearts…whether it is an emotional rhyme to string our romantic side or a life-changing story with absolutely no meaning behind it…poetry is one of the most creative forms of writing in human history. But when did poetry first start impacting our personal, creative minds? Childhood, of course! I don’t know about you, but reading poetry as a child was one of my favorite activities, both in and out of the classroom. In honor of Poetry Month, we will peek at some of the Bookstr team’s most memorable poems from our childhood! Do any of these poems stand out from your own collection of childhood favorites?

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

A young child looks up at a tall tree with a falling fruit an dtheir hands held out.

My favorite poetry book as a child was The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. It reminds me of my Nana, who passed away. I have such fond memories of being a child just admiring her while she read it to me. The themes in the book of being selfless rather than selfish and loving unconditionally were both values I grew up learning from her. This poetry book has a special place in my heart, for sure.

  • Krysten, Graphics

The Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore

Santa Claus winking with smoke pouring around his head magically.

I have always loved The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore. Christmas has always been my favorite holiday, and hearing it would get me into the Christmas spirit as a child. I also have fond memories of having to rewrite the famous poem every season in my middle school English class while having fun coming up with the sequences of rhyming words!

  • Audrey, Social

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas's "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night," written out in front of a photo of him.

I wasn’t quite a child when I first encountered this poem but it’s definitely become a nostalgic part of my pre-teen years. I actually found this poem in the Matched trilogy by Ally Condie. I don’t know if I necessarily fell in love with the poem at the time, but looking back at it 12 years later, I just love the nostalgia of the 2010s and anything I found then. Where I wasn’t quite a kid, not quite a teen who was surrounded by dystopian literature and listening to Hunter Hayes.

  • Ashley, Social/Editorial

Design by Robert Frost

Image of Robert frost's, Design, poem written out with a grey background.

I discovered this poem in 2001, in a library, when I was 15 years old. I was going through tough stuff in my life, and this poem questions what force is governing the complexities of this planet – the very nature of creation, including malevolence. That resonated with me. And it’s a beautiful poem, to boot!  But mostly, what struck me, and strikes me now, is the way it ends. It is catchy. I am almost 40 now, and it still occurs to me from time to time.

  • Erin Dzielski, Editorial

A Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes

Image of Langston Hughes, "A Dream Deferred" poem written out in front of a gray background.

Since learning about this poem in high school, I’ve always gravitated to it. For me, it describes the idea of letting a dream you have die and the possibilities of what that looks like. The poem uses only a few short lines, yet it’s so vivid and heartbreakingly beautiful in how it’s written. This poem has stayed with me throughout my life, and it became part of me, even when I graduated college two years ago. Because of this poem and its meaning, I didn’t allow my dream, though deferred, to “fester” and die. Hughes’ words truly are impactful, and they certainly have impacted me in incredibly great ways.

  • Quiarah B/Vphan, Editorial

Scranimals by Jack Prelutsky

Assorted animals combined with other animals all running in the same direction.

Since I was young, I’ve always been enchanted by the absurd, imaginative poems and illustrations from the book Scranimals by Jack Prelutsky and illustrated by Peter Sis. As a child, this book held a certain magic for me, traveling into a mysterious land of mixed-up creatures. I remember reading it for school, and I loved it so much I looked for it every time I was at the library or a bookstore. Snippets of these poems have stuck with me over the years, but a few in particular, like The Detested Radishark and The Potatoad, I can still recite by heart. 

  • Makenzie, Social

Poetry as a child can be quite a magical thing…as you grow older, you tend to notice the silliness as more meaningful. Poems never change, but as you age, their meaning might, too. If you have any favorite childhood poems, we would love to hear about them!

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