Moon by Charles Ghigna

10 Things I’ve Learned as a Children’s Poet

  1. Children have the best imaginations.
  2. Children look at the world from the inside out.
  3. Children love lyrical language.
  4. Daydreaming is a highly underrated art form.
  5. When you write for children, don’t write for children. Write from the child in you.
  6. It is better to show, than tell.
  7. Style is not how you write. It is how you do not write like anyone else.
  8. Enter the writing process with a childlike sense of wonder. Let it surprise you.
  9. Finding poetry in the world and sharing it with others makes us feel alive.
  10. Staring out the window and making things up is a fun way to make a living.


Charles Ghigna’s fantastic poem “Moon” appears in the October issue of Spider. For more poems like this be sure to subscribe to any of the magazines in the Cricket Media family and check out our website at for some special poetry-themed product bundles. (And shhh, don’t tell anyone where you heard this, but use discount code FF2015 until December 15th to get the friends and family discount on all our magazines, as well as 60% off in our online store. Hey, we’re all friends here, right?)

American poet and author Charles Ghigna has written more than 100 books from Random House, Disney, Hyperion, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Abrams, Charlesbridge, Capstone, Orca and other publishers and has published dozens of poems in Cricket, Spider, and Ladybug magazines over the past decade. Be sure to check out his website.