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22 Poetry Books for Young Readers! Celebrate National Poetry Month this April

April is National Poetry Month! We’re proud to share 22 of our poetry books for children. With topics ranging from science to sports to social justice to animals, there’s a poetry book for each and every young reader in this vibrant collection.

For imaginative kids who wonder… and ask “why?”

This collection of poems, creatively presented in the format of an allegorical house, will engage anyone who has ever wondered “why?” as it shows young readers that wonder is everywhere—in yourself and in the world around you. Download the discussion guide here.

This thought-provoking collection will evoke a sense of wonder and awe in readers, as they discover the mysterious world underneath us. Peek inside the book here.

For kids interested in science and engineering

Introduce children to physics through play, poetry, and a puppy in this joyous celebration of how physics matters in our everyday lives. Download the discussion guide.

Fourteen poems compiled by award-winning poet and anthologist Lee Bennett Hopkins introduce readers to the various construction people who collaborate to create a high-rise hotel building, from architect to crane operator to glaziers and more.

For the birder and animal lover

An ideal gift for kids who love animals, this picture book is a celebration of Poem in your Pocket Day and a charmingly illustrated collection of playful poems about 19 different creatures. Watch the book trailer here!

This beautiful poetry collection named both a Kirkus Reviews Best Book and an NCTE Notable Poetry Book introduces readers to the art of found poetry as the poet writes a 37-line poem, “Nest,” then finds 160 smaller poems within it. Download a book activity here.

This collection of twenty-two poems explores the fascinating lives of North American nocturnal animals.

A perfect bedtime read, this playful collection of poems—peppered with an astounding variety of animal sounds—is meant to be read aloud together.

For kids who like to laugh!

Ideal for fans of Jack Prelutsky and Shel Silverstein, this collection of hilarious poems features delicious vocabulary and a wide range of subjects, as well as recurring characters and subplots in the art that weave the poems together and add to the merriment.

Available November 11!

Award-winning author Vikram Madan’s new poetry collection features delicious vocabulary, hilarious poems, and a full-color graphic novel format!

For the kid who loves reading, writing, school, and sports

Twenty-three poems capture the joys of reading. This poetry explores what reading does—how it opens minds, can make you kind, and allows you to explore the whole world.

In this NCTE Notable Poetry Book and NCTE Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts, twenty-two poems capture the amazing power of writing and will inspire even the most reluctant writer to begin putting words to paper. A NCTE Notable Poetry Book; A NCTE Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts

Selected by noted anthologist Lee Bennett Hopkins, this collection of all-new poems is written from the points of view of personality-filled punctuation marks, and is a memorable introduction to grammar for kids (adults, too!)

Fifteen poems selected by acclaimed poet and anthologist Lee Bennett Hopkins celebrate all of the grown-ups that children encounter during the course of a school day.

The perfect gift for young soccer fans, this picture book features twenty-two imaginative poems that capture all aspects of the world’s most popular sport.

For MG/YA readers who gravitate to novels in verse

Written in vivid, accessible poems, this remarkable verse novel is a celebration of imagination, friendship, one girl’s indomitable spirit, and of a teacher’s ability to reach out and change a life.

This emotionally resonant novel in verse by award-winning author Nikki Grimes celebrates choosing to be true to yourself. Available in a graphic novel edition, as a hardcover, and as a paperback.

This lyrical middle-grade novel-in-verse celebrates the power of story and of finding one’s individual voice. It was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year.

In her own voice, acclaimed author and poet Nikki Grimes explores the truth of a harrowing childhood in a compelling and moving memoir in verse. Ordinary Hazards has received numerous honors, ranging from multiple starred reviews to being named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book, Robert F. Sibert Informational Honor Book, Boston Globe/Horn Book Nonfiction Honor Book, a Booklist Best Book for Youth, and more. 

For older readers who are interested in history

Through a sequence of raw and poignant poems, New York Times best-selling and award-winning poet Carole Boston Weatherford chronicles legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday—the singer’s young life, her fight for survival, and the dream she pursued with passion.

Beautiful verse explores agricultural scientist George Washington Carver’s life and many achievements, from his work as a botanist and inventor to his unsung gifts as a painter, musician, and teacher.

The powerful poems in this poignant collection weave together multiple voices to tell the story of the March on Washington, DC, in 1963.