Presenting the NCTE 2021 Notable Poetry Books and Verse Novels

Presenting the NCTE 2021 Notable Poetry Books and Verse Novels

This year, members of the committee are pleased to recognize 25 outstanding books of poetry and 13 novels in verse as 2021 Notables.

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