Hello everyone. The Federation of Children’s Books Groups invited children in KS2 (approx. ages 8-11) to write a poem based on the theme The Planet We Share for National Non-Fiction November 2020. I was asked to judge the competition and so I thought you might like to see the three winning poems. Go to Poems and scroll down to Competition Entries. Meanwhile – do enter our Riding a Lion competition. And keep writing and sending us poems. We love to read them. Be careful and stay safe

Since 1998 The Poetry Zone has published around 30,000 poems by young people and has had millions of visitors – children and teenagers, real live poets and other adults – who want to check us out, especially teachers who use the Poetry Zone as a fun way of teaching poetry in their schools.

NOTE TO SCHOOLS SENDING POEMS. I’m very happy for schools to send us poems. But I do edit all poems – in the same way that poems would be edited in a book. This does take time – and so I would ask schools to limit the number of poems sent. If a school sends, say, 30 poems – one from every class member – I may have to choose a selection to appear in the Poetry Zone. Schools may, however, send as many poems as they would like for competitions..

Poo Poo Poo! Rude poems can be very funny but be warned – if you send us poems about farts, bottoms or poo they won’t be appearing in the Poetry Zone. So please stop sending us rude poems. 

And do please remember that all the poems you send should be your own original work.


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Where You’ll Find Me on a Cold Winter’s Day

by Isla Jenkinson aged 8

Whenever the wind is blowing,
Whenever it’s cold outside,
The fire will always be glowing,
You’ll find me warm inside.
I’ll be nice and cosy in my chair,
If it’s cold, you’ll find me there.


by Lucy Earp aged 13

Hope is amazing no matter how small
It provides a comfort which helps us all
We can feel alone
But hope is there
To bring us all a sense of love and care

My Teddy

by Akshara Vasanthan aged 7

I have a Teddy
His name is Eddie
He is silly
His best friend is called Millie
Me, Eddie and Millie love nature
We saw a creature
I never feel chilly
I love

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