Winter Poems for Kids and Students of All Reading Levels

Winter Poems for Kids and Students of All Reading Levels


The days are shorter, cooler, and darker, and there’s a chill in the air. As we settle into these cold-weather months, there are many ways to warm our hearts (and our classrooms)—including poetry. There’s something so magical and comforting about the written word, especially this time of year. We’ve put together this beautiful collection of winter poems to share with kids of all ages. We hope you and your students enjoy them.

Winter Poems for Elementary Kids

1. Snow Kisses by Suzie Bitner

“If you go out when it’s snowing …”

2. The First Snow by Evaleen Stein

“Plunge in the deep drifts …”

3. Snowflakes, Snowflakes by Unknown

“… dance around.”

4. I’m a Little Penguin by Mrs. Martin

“Black and white.”

5. Red Mittens, Blue Mittens by Debbie Clement

“Fingers all together.”

6. Thaw by Eunice Tietjens

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“The snow is soft …”

7. Winter Is Warmest by Classroomjr.com

“Oh, you say you want a reason?”

8. The North Wind Doth Blow by Tasha Tudor

“And we shall have snow …”

9. Chubby Snowman by Petersburg Children’s Center

“And he had a carrot nose …”

10. Winter by Dorothy Aldis

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“The street cars are like frosted cakes …”

11. February Twilight by Sara Teasdale

“I stood beside a hill …”

12. Who Has Seen the Wind? by Christina Rossetti

“Neither I nor you …”

13. It Is the Time of Rain and Snow by Izumi Shikibu

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“It is the time of rain and snow …”

14. The First Sleigh-Ride by Sara Teasdale

“O happy time of fleecy rime …”

15. Dust of Snow by Robert Frost

“The way a crow …”

16. Fire and Ice by Robert Frost

“Some say the world will end in fire …”

17. Winter by Walter de la Mare

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“And the robin flew …”

18. Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden

“Sundays too my father got up early …”

19. After the Winter by Claude McKay 

“Some day, when trees have shed their leaves …”

20. Places [III. Winter Sun] by Sara Teasdale

“There was a bush with scarlet berries …”

21. Picture-Books in Winter by Robert Louis Stevenson

“Frosty mornings, tingling thumbs …”

22. Winter Twilight by Anne Porter

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“On a clear winter’s evening …”

23. Winter-Time by Robert Louis Stevenson

“Late lies the wintry sun a-bed …”

Winter Poems for Middle & High School Students

24. The Snow Man by Wallace Stevens

Winter Poems 24

“One must have a mind of winter …”

25. Snow Song by Frank Dempster Sherman

“Over valley, over hill …”

26. Winter Is Good – His Hoar Delights (1316) by Emily Dickinson

“Generic as a Quarry …”

27. Winter Trees by William Carlos Williams

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“All the complicated details …”

28. Sounds of the Winter by Walt Whitman 

“Sunshine upon the mountains—many a distant strain …”

29. Snow by Naomi Shihab Nye 

“Once with my scarf knotted over my mouth …”

30. Ode to My Socks by Pablo Neruda

“Maru Mori brought me a pair of socks …”

31. When the Year Grows Old by Edna St. Vincent Millay

“I cannot but remember …”

32. Woods in Winter by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“When winter winds are piercing chill …”

33. The Snow Storm by Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Announced by all the trumpets of the sky …”

34. The Snowfall Is So Silent by Miguel de Unamuno

“… it settles down on the earth.”

35. There’s a Certain Slant of Light (258) by Emily Dickinson

Winter Poems 35

“Heavenly Hurt, it gives us –”

36. London Snow by Robert Bridges

“When men were all asleep the snow came flying …”

37. Approach of Winter by William Carlos Williams

Winter Poems 37

“The half-stripped trees …”

38. A Winter Blue Jay by Sara Teasdale

“Crisply the bright snow whispered …”

39. As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII [Blow, blow, thou winter wind] by William Shakespeare

“Blow, blow, thou winter wind …”

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