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National Poetry Month Booklist

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April 1, 2024

April is National Poetry Month! Celebrate the importance of poets and poetry in our culture with this booklist of novels in verse and books of poetry for all ages.

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Children's Picture Books

Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem by Amanda Gorman

Climbing the Volcano: A Journey in Haiku by Curtis Manley

Dear Treefrog by Joyce Sidman

A Girl Like Me by Angela Johnson

How to Write a Poem by Kwame Alexander

A Hundred Thousand Welcomes by Mary Lee Donovan

Little Bird’s Day by Sally Morgan

A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart by Zetta Elliott

Remember by Joy Harjo

Something, Someday by Amanda Gorman

We Are Branches by Joyce Sidman

What You Need to be Warm by Neil Gaiman

You Stole My Name by Dennis McGregor

Children's Nonfiction

Animals in Pants by Suzy Levinson

An Earth Song by Langston Hughes

At the Poles by David Elliott

The Power of Snow by Bob Raczka

Watch Me Bloom: A Bouquet of Haiku Poems for Budding Naturalists by Krina Patel-Sage

Welcome to the Wonder House by Rebecca Kai Dotlich

Where I Live: Poems About My Home, My Street, and My Town edited by Paul Janeczko

Where We Come From by Diane Wilson

Children's and Preteen Chapter Books

Alone by Megan Freeman

Aniana del Mar Jumps In by Jasminne Méndez

The Door of No Return by Kwame Alexander

I Am Kavi by Thushanthi Ponweera

Iveliz Explains It All by Andrea Beatriz Arango

Kin: Rooted in Hope by Carole Boston Weatherford

Odder by Katherine Applegate

The One and Only Ruby by Katherine Applegate

Red, White, and Whole by Rajani LaRocca

A Seed in the Sun by Aida Salazar

Starfish by Lisa Fipps

Turn the Tide by Elaine Dimopoulos

Unsettled by Reem Faruqi

Warrior Girl by Carmen Tafolla

Teen and Young Adult Fiction

All the Fighting Parts by Hannah Sawyerr

All That Shines by Ellen Hagan

An Appetite for Miracles by Laekan Zea Kemp

Bright Red Fruit by Safia Elhillo

Dear Medusa by Olivia Cole

Forever is Now by Mariama Lockington

An Impossible Thing to Say by Arya Shahi

Ode to My First Car by Robin Gow

Salt the Water by Candice Iloh

A Warning About Swans by RM Romero

We Are All So Good at Smiling by Amber McBride

Wings in the Wild by Margarita Engle

Adult Fiction

Ædnan by Linnea Axelsson

Here is the Beehive by Sarah Crossan

The Lehman Trilogy by Stefano Massini

Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish by David Rakoff

Poguemahone by Pat McCabe

Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow

Adult Nonfiction

Above Ground: Poems by Clint Smith

Chrome Valley: Poems by Mahogany Browne

Daughters of Latin America: An International Anthology of Writing by Latine Women edited by Sandra Guzman

From From: Poems by Monica Youn

Poetry Unbound: 50 Poems to Open Your World by Padraig Ó Tuama

Psalms of my People: A Story of Black Liberation as Told Through Hip-Hop by Lenny Duncan

Relations: An Anthology of African and Diaspora Voices edited by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond

Spectral Evidence: Poems by Gregory Pardlo

This is the Honey: An Anthology of Contemporary Black Poets edited by Kwame Alexander

True Life by Adam Zagajewski

Weaving Sundown in a Scarlet Light: Fifty Poems for Fifty Years by Joy Harjo

Why Fathers Cry at Night: A Memoir in Love Poems, Letters, Recipes, and Remembrances by Kwame Alexander

You Are Only Just Beginning: Lessons for the Journey Ahead by Morgan Harper Nichols