Acrostic Poems

for Children, Teachers,

and other Poets   


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Acrostic:  a poem in which

special letters spell another word.

Panthers growl,
Orioles sing,

Eagles soar,

Monkeys swing.

See? 

Most often,
the special letters 
come at the beginning of each line.

But 
they may be placed 
elsewhere, too.

Alphabet poems 
are also a special type of acrostic,
called abecdearian acrostics.

Devoted, 
O

Guard. 

back-end
hello-- 

wagging.

Alphabet poems
Begin with A, B,
C and

Definitely

End with X, Y,

Z.


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Acrostics Submitted
by Children

To read acrostics written by children in the United States, Great Britain, Australia and other countries and submitted by e-mail to this website, click Acrostics Submitted by Children .



Acrostics Collections by a Class of Students: Each Link Below Opens a Special Page

Teacher, Grade, School, and Location

Animal Acrostics Carole Celaya, Second Grade Class, Painted Sky Elementary, Tucson, Arizona
Name Acrostics Mrs. Burke's Fourth Grade, Mrs. Wronker, Student Teacher, Shelter Rock, Danbury, Connecticut
Three Acrostics Mrs. Tattory's Classes, Memorial Upper Elementary, Willingboro, New Jersey
Ancient Greece Hawes Primary School, North Yorks, United Kingdom
Martin Luther King Jr. Acrostics Heather Eldridge, Third Grade, Painted Sky Elementary, Oro Valley, Arizona
Animal Acrostics Ms. Vassallo's Class, Public School 96, Bronx, New York
The World of Words Carole Celaya's Second Grade Class, Wilson K-8, Tucson, Arizona
Fall Acrostics Mrs. Coat's Second Grade Class, Berlin, Wisconsin
Things, Animals, and People Mrs. Yu's Class, 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade, La Cima Middle School, Tucson, AZ.
Biographical Acrostics Heather Eldridge's Third Grade Class, Painted Sky Elementary, Oro Valley, Arizona
School Mural with Acrostic Poems! Alexandria Marguccio, Fourth Grade, United School District, Armagh, PA
Name Acrostics Mrs. Bolton's Eight Grade, Amphitheater Middle School, Tucson, Arizona
Color Poetry Mrs. Barrantes' Third Grade Class, Prince Elementary, Tucson, Arizona
Animals and Weather Holly Bedford's Second Grade Class, Wilson K-8, Tucson, Arizona
Important Things Carole Celaya’s Second Grade Class, Wilson K-8 School, Tucson, Arizona
Moon Acrostics Marsiling Primary School, Primary 3f, Singapore, Mr. Hawa Mohamed Hussain's Class
Name, Easter, and Other Briarwood Elementary, Bowling Green, Kentucky, Allison Key
Name Acrostics New York:   P.S. 212, Third and Fourth Grade
Animal Acrostics Mary E. Snyder, Third Grade, James Buchanan Elementary School, Bethlehem, PA.
Spring Bug Poem Mrs. Bee's 4-5th Class, South Brook Academy,
South Brook, Newfoundland, Canada
Poems about Friends and Family Ms. Kaiser's 6th Grade Class, Kiser Middle School
Fall Poems: Leaves, Bats, 
Witches, Ghosts, Candy
Peirce School, Grade 2, Arlington, MA
Weather Acrostics Hatch School, Oak Park, Illinois, 2nd Grade
Acrostics and other 
types of poems
The Episcopal Academy, School at Lower Devon, Grade 3
Halloween Acrostics Welford and Wickham School, England
Wind Acrostics Hollister, California, Third Grade
Various topics Weymouth Junior High in Weymouth, MA.
Various topics--animals, names
(and other poems, too)
Kids Can Write Contest (Susan Katz)
 

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How to Submit an Acrostic Poem

Children: Please send your acrostic poem to me in an email. If you wish, you may also include your first name, your age, and the community in which you live. I will post your acrostic poem on my site. To e-mail me, click here.

Teachers: If you can create and publish your own page, please send me the web address, and I will create a link on my site to your page. If you can not create your own page, you may send me your children's poems in an e-mail or as an attachment to an e-mail. I will create a page for you, though this may take some time. Feel free to email me if you have questions.

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Acrostic Books 

Animal Acrostics.  David Hummon, illustrated by Michael Maydak.  Dawn Publishing, 1999. My acostic book features poems about wild animals in five habitats, plus illustrations and information on each creature.  Animal Acrostics won two awards: The International Reading Association Teacher's Choice Award, 2000, "one of the ten best books of the year for middle grade children"; Parent Council LTD, Outstanding Book, 1999. More information about this book.

Fall:  An Alphabet Acrostic. Steven Schnur, Clarion Books, 1997.
 Acrostic poems, one for each letter of the alphabet, celebrating autumn.
 
Spring:  An Alphabet Acrostic.
Steven Schnur, Illustrated by Leslie Evans. Clarion Books, 1999.
Companion to Fall, this time playing with joys of spring.
A Peaceable Kingdom.  Alice and Martin Provesen.  Viking Press.
 
A special alphabet book (abcedarian acrostic), based on a 19th century Shaker acrostic poem, Abcedarius, used to teach children the letters of the alphabet. The poem is composed of the names of 104 animals!
Animalia, Graeme Base, Henry N. Abrams, Inc., 1987
Alphabet book--each line composed of exclusively one letter.

 
Complete Nonsense of Edward Lear by Holbrook Jackson (Editor), Edward Lear. Dover 1951

An Edward Lear Alphabet. Edward Lear, Vladmir Radunsky (Illustrator), HarperCollins, 1999.

 
Edward Lear (1812-1888), the English humorist and author of children's verse, wrote acrostics poems and riddles.
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On This Site

I am a professor at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts (Home Page). I maintain this site to enable children to learn about and share their acrostic poems with other children.  I can be reached by e-mail or by regular mail at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA 01610. Text, (c) David M. Hummon; Images from Animal Acrostics, (c) Michael Maydak.

Last updated: February 17, 2007