Welcome to Australian Children’s Poetry website.

This site is dedicated to showcasing contemporary Australian children’s poets and their work. Most poets have included their contact details if you wish to engage them to present at your school or writers’ festival.

We do not publish collections or anthologies; nor do we offer an assessment or editing service. However, the site presents a Poem of the Day; so, if you are an Australian poet and would like to submit your children’s poem for consideration, you are more than welcome to do so.

We are happy to accept information about children’s poetry activities and events in Australia and overseas, poetry links, competitions, interviews with poets or publishers, and relevant articles.

Australian Children’s Poetry would like to acknowledge and thank the Illawarra South-Coast CBCA

http://nsw.cbca.org.au/pages/illawarrasouthcoast.html  for its generous donation towards making this blog site a reality. Other individuals have also very generously given donations for which I thank them: they are Anne Bell, Dianne Cook, Margaret Pearce, Jennifer Erlanger, Stephen Whiteside, Pat Simmons, Teena Raffa-Mulligan, Janeen Brian, Wendy Blaxland, Dianne Ellis and Katherine Gallagher.

Submissions and enquiries to Jeanie Axton at poemoftheday.jaxton@gmail.com

This blog site was designed and constructed by Helen Ross.


Please remember that all articles and poems are copyrighted. As such please acknowledge the poet if you read out the poems to your class or make copies for class use.  Any copies made need to be included on your CAL (Copyright) records.

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  1. This looks great, Di and Helen. Congratulations! What a wonderful resource. The articles are interesting and informative and I’m looking forward to getting to know poets through the interviews.

    • Thanks very much for your congrats, Judith. There were over 4,000 hits in the first week, which shows a lot of interest in Australian children’s poetry. What are you doing these days? Still working out in Western Sydney? Want some poets to run workshops or present readings? All is possible! We had a visit lately from Harry Laing who is a marvellous poetry performer (and writer of poetry!)

  2. Love it, Di – I always lead my students through a unit on Poetry, you have it all in one spot for us, thank you. I will be able to put a link on our Oliver home page.

  3. What a wonderful gift to children everywhere. Ex-pat kids now can keep in touch with their heritage – at last! Don’t forget – out there – to include the children!
    Robyn Youl

  4. What a wonderful website, Di and Helen – a rich resource for Australian poets and their young readers. The School Magazine will include this in our tweets and our e-newsletter. Best wishes to the website and all who sail in her!

    • Wish there was a website also for Australian children’s playwrights, but I don’t know them, except for you and Bill. Is it something you might think about? It would be a wonderful asset, wouldn’t it? Thanks to all at School Magazine for their support, it’s much appreciated.

  5. Hello Di,
    Just looking around the site, it’s blossoming – with lots of innovative, enjoyable poems and good advice. And your reviews are spot on.
    Thanks too for publishing my poems from time to time.

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  11. Hi, I work for Total Girl magazine (a very popular mag aimed at young girls aged six-13), and I am looking to source a young female poet within this age bracket to interview for an upcoming issue. Could you possibly help put me in touch with one of these young creatives? Cheers, Laura

  12. Hi,
    I have 7y.o girl that quite surprising me with her poem. I’m hoping that my limited knowledge on poem wouldn’t be a barrier for her potential.

    It will mean the world for her and If we can send you some for a feedback.

    Could you please advise me if it is possible?

    Thank you,


    Money can buy Food but not Nutrition.
    Money can buy Gifts but not Thanks.
    Money can buy Blanket but not Warmth.
    Money can buy Books but not Knowledge.
    Money can buy Blood but not Life.

    Money can buy Clock but not Time.
    Money can buy Air Conditioner but not coolness.
    Money can buy Bulb but not Brightness.
    Money can buy High Post but not Respect.
    Money can buy Sugar but not Sweetness.
    – Sahaj Sabharwal.
    -Jagdish Di Hatti,
    Chowk Chabutra,

  14. Congratulations to all involved in development of this blogsite. Thank you for this invaluable resource and opportunity to practice both writing poetry, and contribute poems for children – Andrew Carter


        NAME: Sahaj Sabharwal

        He loves writing poems and thoughts. He lives in Jammu city, Jammu and Kashmir, India. His date of birth is 17th March, 2002 . He has been awarded many awards in poem writing at State level, National and international level. He was also selected to be invited for the INTERNATIONAL WRITERS MEETING IN TARIJA and HUNGARY,EUROPE. He was awarded with the INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMA IN WRITING and INTERNATIONAL MERIT CERTIFICATE IN WRITING and was PUBLISHED by THE YOUNG WRITERS ASSOCIATION IN UK and RECIEVED “CERTIFICATE OF PUBLICATION FROM UK”. He was also awarded the ‘India Star Proud Award’ for his appreciable work and He is the author of the BOOK -: ” Poems By Sahaj Sabharwal ”

        Contact-: sahajsabharwal12345@gmail.com

        Mobile -: +917780977469

        On Sun, 21 Jun 2020, 3:12 pm Australian Children’s Poetry Website, wrote:

        > australianchildrenspoetry commented: “You can send me one Occasionally we > put up a child’s poem Thankyou Jeanie ” >

  15. My mother used to recite this to me – and I too have forgotten its source. The bit I do remember is: ‘ ..politeness be rumbled and tumbled and banged. Its merely a matter of putting on pace, Politeness has nothing to do with the race.’
    If anyone does come back the source, I’d love to see it too.

  16. Hello there, I would like to publish my son’s poetry that he wrote last year for sorry day. It was well received and as a mum I want his talent to reach out to many especially those who are keen and my son can learn from them.

    Can you please guide me on how to?


  17. My daughter Avantika Behera. She is 7 year old. She wrote this poem in her classwork. I wanted to publish this as the teacher loved it 🙂
    I see…
    I smell…
    I hear…
    Flowers are blooming,
    Weeds are grooming ,
    Houses from fences,
    Birds from lenses.
    Pollen is blowing,
    Bird poop is growing.
    Birds are chirping,
    The wind is burping.
    Balls are kicking,
    Fences are ticking, Everyone’s having fun.

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