Some popular authors of poetry for kids include Shel Silverstein, Marilyn Singer, Allan Ahlberg and Roald Dahl. These writers create accessible poems that are entertaining and fun to read out loud. Introducing children to the work of writers such as Silverstein and Singer at young ages can inspire a lifelong appreciation of poetry.
Shel Silverstein began publishing poetry and other literature for children in the 1960s. His collections of children's poetry include "Where the Sidewalk Ends," "A Light in the Attic" and "Falling Up." Silverstein also illustrated many of his poems with black-and-white line drawings in his signature whimsical style.
As of October 2015, Marilyn Singer has published more than 90 books. The former teacher's poetry collections include "A Stick is an Excellent Thing" and "On the Same Day in March."
Allan Ahlberg and his late wife, Janet, collaborated on a number of rhyming children's books, with Allan writing the poems and Janet illustrating them. Ahlberg continues to write for children, collaborating with a number of illustrators. Ahlberg's books include "The Jolly Postman" and "Each Peach Pear Plum."
Best known as the beloved author of children's books such as "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "James and the Giant Peach," Roald Dahl was also an accomplished children's poet. His poetry selections include "Revolting Rhymes," "Dirty Beasts" and "The Hungry Toilet."