World Book Day

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World Book Day Poem

Which author’s should you read today?
Which author’s are the best?
My view is pretty biased,
but poets beat the rest.

Below are just a sample
of poets I have chosen
in other years, from Dahl to Lear;
and Blake to Michael Rosen.

I recommend John Hegley,
and Zephaniah too.
Rachel Rooney, Duffy.
The choice is up to you.

Milligan, McMillan,
McGough and Brian Moses.
This book day I prescribe to you
more poems in high doses.

By George Stanworth

Poems For Kids



Pancake Dad!

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Happy Shrove Tuesday from ‘Poems For Kids’.
Here is a quick pancake day Haiku I have written to mark the occasion.

Pancake Dad!

Dad tossed a pancake
higher than snow. It landed
on a UFO!

The Day I Fell Down The Toilet – Review


The Day I Fell Down The Toilet And Other Poems
by Steve Turner

Published by Lion Hudson 1996

‘The Day I Fell Down The Toilet’ contains over 70 poems for kids which will make them laugh, think, and see the world from a slightly different perspective.

When I saw a book entitled ‘The Day I Fell Down The Toilet’, I instantly knew my kids would love it (and me probably more!) Indeed, this was the case. How can kids not be amused by titles such as the title poem,  ‘A Wee Poem’ and ‘Bottoms’.

The book contains familiar rhyming schemes and poetic forms as well as more creative layouts such as in ‘Other Ways Of Seeing Things’, where the poem is upside down.

My kids and I laughed continuously as we read the book, and our personal favourites -apart from the title poem – was ‘A Knees-Up With Words’ due to its wonderful word-play.

‘Poems For Kids’ thoroughly recommends this book.




Pass It To Me


Pass It To Me

“Pass it, pass it, pass it Lee.
 I just can’t miss. Just pass to me.

Pass it, pass it, pass it Trace.
I’m over here in so much space.

Pass it, pass it, pass it John.
If you do that we can’t go wrong.

Pass it, pass it, pass it Lynn.
If you do that, we’re bound to win.

Pass it, pass it, pass it Joel.
If you do that I’ll score a goal.

Pass it, pass it, pass it Trish.
Thanks. I’m sorry that I missed!”

What Is A Kenning Poem?


A Kenning is one of the oldest forms of poetry, and one which children enjoy experimenting with.

It originates from Anglo-Saxon and old Norse traditions. It is famously found in the Anglo-Saxon poem called ‘Beowulf.’

Kennings are two word phrases that are a replacement or substitution for a noun.
They can also be a type of ‘Multi-riddle.’

Examples include ‘Wave-swimmer’ to represent a boat, or ‘Ankle-biter’ to represent a young child.

My 7 year old daughter, has recently been writing some Kennings at school.

Below is one of her efforts. Can you guess what it is about before the answer is revealed?

Ice Cream-Eater

What am I?


by Cadence Stanworth

What will you write your Kenning poem about?


Flipperty Flopperty World


‘Poems For Kids’ proudly presents the following poem.

Flipperty Flopperty World

It’s a flipperty, flopperty world
with wibbly, wobbly trees,
and dibberty, dabberty fields,
and a zipperty, zapperty breeze.

It’s a flipperty, flopperty world
with a dingly, dangly sun,
and splisherty, splasherty seas,
and happerty, hopperty fun.

Oh, it’s a flipperty, flopperty world,
with a stickerty, stackerty sky,
and plipperty, plopperty planets,
and a moon that’s a custard pie.


Stop That Lollipop!


This is another one of my ‘Poems For Kids’.

A Top Hat on a pogo stick
said it couldn’t stop,
and raced past me and all my friends
to catch a lollipop.

The lollipop on roller skates,
was that much quicker though,
and shouted from a distance –
‘Catch Up! You’re too slow.’

The Top Hat yelled ‘Don’t stand there.
Help me catch that lout.’
We ran with some confusion,
but thought we’d soon find out.

The lollipop whizzed down the street,
and shouted ‘Let me be.’
Then pulled its tongue out at us all,
and mocked ‘You can’t catch me.’

The Top Hat screamed ‘That does it.
I won’t put up with that.
I’m not just anybody,
but an international hat’.

We asked why we were chasing,
and what crime had been done.
The Top Hat though said softly,
‘I can’t tell anyone’.

The lollipop soon faltered,
and came to a quick halt –
before it sped away again
as fast as U      s       a      i       n           B           o        l              t.

We thought this was ridiculous,
and wanted to give up,
until the lolly climbed a wall
and totally got stuck.

We lifted up the lollipop,
and all of us went phew,
then told the gasping Top Hat,
this lollipop’s for you.

The Top Hat though was livid,
and yelled at us ‘No! No!’
What has this lolly done to you?
Go and let her go.’

We were pretty speechless,
and thought this was pure folly.
We let her go, but Top Hat yelled –
‘You’ve got to catch that lolly.’

‘But’ we spluttered. ‘But’ we gasped,
and wished time would rewind.
So if you see a lollipop,
a Top Hat’s close behind!

By George Stanworth – Poemsforkids

A Million Brilliant Poems Review



Chosen By Roger Stevens

Published by ACBLACK.COM 2010 – £4.99

‘A Million Brilliant Poems’ is a wonderful anthology of modern children’s poetry featuring some of today’s best known poets.

From ‘Who Started It?’ by Michael Rosen, to Benjamin Zephaniah’s ‘I Luv Me Mudder’, there is a range of different styles to suit everyone.

My 7 year old daughter particularly enjoyed Andrew Collette’s short, but intelligent poem, called ‘In The Bath’, as it is shaped like water going down a plughole.

Some of my favourite poems include Ian McMillan’s ‘Ten Things Found In A Shipwrecked Sailor’s Pocket’, Andrew Fusek Peters’ ‘Last Night I Saw The City Breathing’ and ‘If I Were A Shape’ by Brian Moses.

The collection contains some fantastic imagery, such as the following lines from Liz Brownlee:-

‘Night holds them safe,
the cloud moon gleams
in the darkness
of soft breath and dreams.’

There is also wonderful wordplay from John Hegley in his poem ‘The Emergensea’, as sample lines include

‘on every Octofoot
he put
on Octosocktopuss.’

Not one poem disappoints, and every poem in the collection is cleverly constructed and worthy of its place in such a high-quality anthology.

I thoroughly recommend this book and rate it 10/10



Disney Days


Here is one of my own poems for kids, called ‘Disney Days’.
I hope you enjoy it.

Disney Days

Warmer than a Sheep Dog hug
or happiness rolled in a rug;
dancing dizzy Dulux joy,
whirls and swirls and shouts ‘Ahoy!’
Brighter than a scientist,
the artist’s pallet shines and skips.
Free from Greenwich Mean Time days,
they demonstrate their West End ways.
Talent dazzles, beaming light
into the insides of our life.
Floating like a bubble thought,
playful pigment can’t be caught.

Welcome To My Blog


Hello, and welcome to my blog of poems for kids.

I am a UK children’s poet who has been invited into schools, libraries and Scout Groups throughout the UK to run poetry workshops.

I have self-published a number of books, including ‘Moo-Moo The Doodle’, ‘Don’t Trick Or Treat A Lion’, ‘Summer Poems For Children’ and ‘Summer Poems For Children.’

My influences include Spike Milligan, Michael Rosen, Roald Dahl and Roger McGough.

I will be blogging about some of my favourite poems for kids from famous authors, as well as reviewing some of the best books on the market.

I will also be showcasing some lesser known children’s poets, as well as promoting some of my own poetry.

I hope you enjoy these blogs of poems for kids.

Best wishes,

George Stanworth