Australian Children’s Poetry & the World Wide Web


©Kate O’Neil

The launch of the Australian Children’s Poetry website is an important event. It will be a rich resource for students, teachers and poets and a meeting place for everyone with an interest in any aspect of children’s poetry – readers, writers, teachers, parents, performers, academics, illustrators. In recent years children’s poetry has received renewed attention in many quarters – schools, media, academia, publishing – with a growing recognition of just how valuable it can be in a child’s development.

This new website will enable Australian children and their guiding influences to learn about contemporary Australian writers as well as the Australian tradition from which they have grown.

That tradition has, of course, a world-wide heritage as well, and a number of websites in both the UK and US are testimony to an exciting spirit of revival in this important literature.

Many of them include articles or features which have value for readers or writers everywhere and browsers who have enjoyed some time on the home pasture might be interested to explore further.

Children’s poetry sites UK.

This is run by Roger Stevens who has been publishing children’s poems online since 1998. The site also has interviews with a number of well-known children’s poets.

Website of The Poetry Book Society founded by T S Eliot and Friends in 1953. Use search facility for material related to children’s poetry. eg Poetry Books for …Tiny Terrors”

Type ‘children’s poetry’ into the search bar for some great articles on children’s poetry.’s-poetry

In 2011 Morag Styles became the first “Professor of Children’s Poetry (Cambridge). This is the wonderful essay she wrote to mark the occasion of her appointment.

National Centre for Primary Schools @ CLPE

This is a free poetry website for primary schools. It features well-known poets, children’s poems, Themes, Poetic devices, Resources, Courses and events.The resources include many well-known poets speaking about their craft.

Centre for Literacy in Primary Education – type ‘poetry’ into the search facility.

Included here is a list of winners of the CLPE Poetry Award since 2003

Blog of Poetry Advocates for Children & Young Adults ( PACYA )

This is a grassroots, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting poetry for every age group founded by poet Steven Withrow in 2011.

Children’s Poetry Sites US

Run by Sylvia Vardell, a professor of children’s and young adult literature at Texas Woman’s University.

The National Council of Teachers of English gives awards to American books of children’s poetry based on criteria listed on the site. There is also a list of winners since 1977 and links to their individual websites and to related articles.



3 thoughts on “Australian Children’s Poetry & the World Wide Web

  1. Terrific information 😀 In the UK there was a children’s printed poetry magazine called The Scrumbler which I thought was fantastic (awesome poems and also lovely illustrations – some from children) – it went online after 4 print issues (because of the expense I assume) and now has stopped receiving submissions but the blog continues – here is the link if you are interested Wouldn’t it be good if the Government funded something like that in Australia – what a way to get a groundswell of support for children’s poetry (and also adult poetry, because these children will grow up …) 😀

  2. I agree. The Scrumbler was lovely. But another magazine to check out is The Caterpillar. See

    The Caterpillar made it onto John Hegley’s ‘top ten children’s poetry books’ in The Guardian.
    See Here’s his list:

    1.101 Poems for Children by Carol Ann Duffy

    2. Big Book of Bad Things by Michael Rosen

    3. Paint me a Poem by Grace Nichols

    4. Green Glass Beads chosen by Jacqueline Wilson

    5. The Bad Child’s Book of Beasts by Hilaire Belloc

    6. The Dangerous Journey by Tove Jansson

    7. Dashing Dog! by Margaret Mahy, illustrated by Sarah Garland

    8. The Caterpillar

    9. To Catch an Elephant by Gerard Benson, illustrated by Cathy Benson

    10. Earthways, Earthwise: Poems on Conservation edited by Judith Nichols

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