Creative Writing

5 Poets Who Make Children Laugh

Have you noticed what is special about a poem? They are imaginative, rhythmical and express ideas beautifully. Reading a poem can make the reader laugh, cry or feel inspired.

Children have their first exposure to a language through nursery rhymes. They are nothing but short poems. They hear them over and over again and enjoy them thoroughly.  This repetition creates an opportunity to learn new words.

Poetry is a short form of creative expression which does not take much time to read. At the same time, it helps express the imagination, emotions, and dreams of the child. It gives new ideas and help them solve problems. It creates a sensitivity to the environment around them. Creative activities create balance in their lives.

Children love to read poems that are funny and humorous. They simply enjoy it. My daughter loves poems that are rhythmic, poems that play on words and has irony and wit in them. She also enjoys the illustrations that these poetry books have. 

Here are some books that will make children laugh. Children between age 5 – 12 can buy them. You can get them online.

Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss books need no introduction.  I bought my daughter Dr. Seuss books when she was 4.  The richness of his stories and his illustration bring delight to children of all ages. He wrote many books and few of the books worth mentioning are The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham and Horton Hatches the egg. The Cat in the Hat is avery interesting series which will teach your child through quick-witted poems of Dr. Seuss. Green Eggs and Ham has a very funny argument about green eggs and ham between two characters from Dr. Seuss’s imagination. 

Kenn Nesbitt

Humorous poems always make it easier to read even for reluctant readers. Kenn Nesbitt’s poems are full of fun. His books are widely bought by children all over the world. Some of his works that you would always love reading are The Tighty Whitey Spider, The Aliens Have Landed at our School and The Biggest Burp Ever. If your child loves animals, then The Tighty Whitey spider is the perfect gift for them. It has hilarious illustrations and poems that seem to be the ticket to laughter. Its tales include animals like racing squid, triangular cats, skate-boarding hamsters and much more. 

His poems are not only funny but it is full of imagination. Imagination helps us dream new ideas. Here is one of his poems. Kenn Nesbitt, the writer dreams about taking his friends to a rocket trip to the sun.

I’m building a rocket.
As soon as I’m done
I’m taking my friends
on a trip to the sun.

But what do you mean
that the sun is too hot?
Oh well, I suppose
I’ll just pick a new spot.

I’m building a rocket.
I’m finishing soon
and taking my friends
on a trip to the moon!

But what do you mean
that the moon has no air?
Well dang, then I guess
that we can’t go up there.

I’m building a rocket.
It’s going to fly.
I’m taking my friends
way up high in the sky.

But what do you mean
when you ask how we’ll land?
This rocket is harder
to build than I planned.

To heck with the rocket.
It’s out in the shed.
I’m taking my friends
out for pizza instead.

Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein is not only a poet but he is also a powerful illustrator. His illustrations in black and white beautifully support the poems.  

Children from 7-11 will love his poems.

Read this poem by Shel Silverstein. Does the writer makes you smile, and feel like hugging someone you love? That is the power of words.

I will not play tug o’ war.
I’d rather play hug o’ war,
Where everyone hugs
Instead of tugs,
Where everyone giggles
And rolls on the rug,
Where everyone kisses,
And everyone grins,
And everyone cuddles,
And everyone wins.

  • Shel Silverstien

The Giving Tree is for smaller kids, age 4-6 years.

Bruce Lansky

Bruce Lansky loved writing fun and playful poems with lots of alliteration, similies,  and metaphors. His poems are at times emotional, descriptive, and musical. They are meant for children and students.

He has compiled several collections of funny poems for kids. A Bad Case of the Giggles is one such unique collection. Perhaps the name gives the book’s purpose away. This book will have kids laughing away for hours and then start reciting few of them. The book has different topics depending on your child’s interest.


Jack Prelutsky

Jack Prelutsky has also written a number of books for kids. It’s Raining Pigs and Noodles have more than 100 funny poems which will have kids burst into laughter. Meant for kids 6-10 this book plays with words, puns, jokes and rhythms.

We love reading these books again and again. The whole family sits together and reads and laughs together. My daughter even got inspired and started writing poems on her own.

Finally here is a poem by Dr. Seuss that I read in the newspaper.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

“The more that you read, the more things you will know.

The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

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