Simple poems for children include Mary Ann Hoberman's "Growing," John Ciardi's "About the Teeth of Sharks," Lewis Carroll's "The Crocodile" and William Makepeace Thackeray's "At the Zoo." All of these poems are relatively short and consist of simple rhymes that make them easy for children to memorize.
Mary Ann Hoberman's poem "Growing" comes from her children's poetry book called "The Llama Who Had No Pajama." The poem's first-person speaker comments on the confusing process of growing bigger, wondering if she is truly growing like the adults say she is or if her clothes are just shrinking.
The John Ciardi poem "About the Teeth of Sharks" comes from his children's picture book "If You Read to Me, I'll Read to You." Its first-person speaker begins the poem by describing the shark's teeth and ends it by implying that the speaker is being eaten by the shark.
Lewis Carroll's poem "The Crocodile" comes from his classic children's novel "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." The poem's third-person narrator describes a crafty little crocodile that lures fish into his mouth and eats them.
In William Makepeace Thackeray's poem "At the Zoo," the first-person speaker describes the animals he sees during a visit to the zoo. The poem ends with a funny line about how badly the monkeys smelled.