Poetry for Children & Teens: Inspirational!

To provide and preserve a comprehensive collection of poetry written and published for children and teens, birth through age 20, from 1960 on.

River of Words: Center for Environmental Literacy


River of Words: Youth Art and Poetry Inspired by the Natural World

Our free, annual, international youth poetry and art contest — the largest in the world — inspires children ages 5 to 19 to translate their observations into creative expression. 


Polar bear in Arctic sea surrounded by ice floats. Glaciers can be seen in the background.


Maya Angelou

 Maya Angelou     


Maya Angelou               


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Statement from Dr. Maya Angelou’s Family:
Dr. Maya Angelou passed quietly in her home before 8:00 a.m. EST. Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of acuity or comprehension. She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. The family is extremely appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love.


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