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X Marks the Spot (In My Heart)

20 Nonfiction and Poetry Titles That Celebrate Latinx Heritage

An Ode to Artists: Two Books for Young Readers That Celebrate Art

Getting To Know Elizabeth Acevedo, SLJTeen Live! 2018 Keynote Speaker

Chance the Rapper, Langston Hughes, and Creative Self-Expression Inspire Teens in Newark Library's Spoken Word Workshop

Small Wonders: Investigations in Nature

Book Review: Light Filters In: Poems by Caroline Kaufman


World Make Way: New Poems Inspired by Art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Recommended for larger libraries in need of a sophisticated and thoughtful poetry collection.

Friends and Foes: Poems About Us All

An amazing collection to read aloud and share with a group—add this new favorite to poetry shelves.

Vivid: Poems & Notes About Color

This picture book will draw readers in with poetry and then provide the spark that may encourage both creative writing and scientific investigation. Recommended for sharing.

The Ghostly Carousel: Delightfully Frightful Poems

A highly recommended purchase for Brown fans and those who relish poems that go bump in the night.

H Is For Haiku: A Treasury of Haiku from A to Z.

Artful, wistful, and occasionally puzzling, this slim collection of haiku will appeal most to thoughtful young readers and language enthusiasts.

Bookjoy, Wordjoy

Perfectly suited to libraries, a top addition to poetry collections.

Book Review: I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain by Will Walton


Family Poems for Every Day of the Week/Poemas familiares para cada dia de la semana

Alarcsn uses simple, richly descriptive verse (printed in Spanish and English) to explain the origins of the days of the week while celebrating a Latino family's traditions...

Review of the Day: Seeing Into Tomorrow by Richard Wright and Nina Crews

With My Hands: Poems About Making Things

The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur | SLJ Review

Axel Scheffler's Flip Flap Ocean | Touch and Go

World Make Way: New Poems Inspired by Art from The Metropolitan Museum of Art

NCTE 2018 Notable Poetry List

Sarah Crossan's "Moonrise" | An Interview

Finding A Voice Through Poetry | New and Noteworthy YA Novels

A Place to Start a Family: Poems About Creatures That Build


Joy McCullough On Reclaiming the Female Body and "Blood Water Paint"


Poetry Tools to Put in Your Pocket: Activities, apps, and online resources for National Poetry Month


Hungry for Science: Poems To Crunch On

A pleasing addition to classroom libraries for young elementary students.

Siege: How General Washington Kicked the British Out of Boston and Launched a Revolution

A gateway book to the American Revolution for reluctant readers and fans of Hamilton.

When Paul Met Artie: The Story of Simon & Garfunkel

A charming addition to poetry or biography collections.

Leaf Litter Critters

An excellent find for science fans and teachers alike.

The Honeybee

A sweet success; purchase for most shelves.

Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World

An additional purchase for elementary history and poetry collections.

The Horse's Haiku

A beautifully illustrated collection of haiku for fans of horses and poetry.

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy

This shining title deserves a spot in all poetry collections.

Aunt Grizelda's Treasury of Grim and Grisly Rhymes

Students would be better served by Joyce Sidman's Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night or the work of Jack Prelutsky and Edward Gorey.

In the Past: From Trilobites to Dinosaurs to Mammoths in More Than 500 Million Years

Prehistoric beasts are an evergreen favorite among kids, and this wonderful combination of art, poetry, and science is a great addition to libraries.

W Is for Welcome: A Celebration of America's Diversity

An additional consideration.

Versos como una casa

Schools that offer a unit in creative writing in Spanish will want this collection for their shelves.

For Every One

A powerful and affirming book-length poem for teens.

William Shakespeare

This collection is better suited for strong, tween readers who may be put off by its picture book appearance and "Poetry for Kids" series moniker, but the collection could also be enjoyed by younger children guided by adults.

Wild World

This non-preachy title can be used by middle grade teachers as a read-aloud introduction to some of Earth's most fascinating areas, and what can be done to protect them.

Earth Verse: Haiku from the Ground Up

A quiet but valuable addition to STEM-related poetry collections, hand to teachers and curious students.

How Sweet the Sound: The Story of Amazing Grace

A richly illustrated, if sparely written, account of the history and legacy of "Amazing Grace" for medium to large collections.

Every Month Is a New Year: Celebrations Around the World

A complex and rewarding package that will be cherished by children and adults alike. A strong choice for poetry collections.

Turtle Pond

A versatile poetry selection; pleasant for shared reading, early independent reading, and a nice lesson encouraging observation.

Crawly School for Bugs: Poems To Drive You Buggy

Consider for poetry units wherever humor is in demand.

Hidden City: Poems of Urban Wildlife

This enjoyable collection introduces a wide variety of urban wildlife in an accessible way. A great addition.

Write Your Own Haiku for Kids: Write Poetry in the Japanese Tradition—Easy Step-by-Step Instructions To Compose Simple Poems

A well-constructed and thoughtful guide for fledgling poets. School and classroom libraries will want to purchase.

Juan Felipe Herrera's Latest Is a "Blue-Cheesy" Triumph of Poetry & Storytelling

Check Out SLJ’s National Poetry Month Pinterest Board

Book Review: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo




A Round of Robins

Review of the Day: Can I Touch Your Hair? by Irene Latham & Charles Waters


9 Poetry Books by Master Wordsmiths: Nikki Grimes, Andrea Davis Pinkney, & Others

Unplugging and Listening with Naomi Shihab Nye

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut


Did You Hear What I Heard?: Poems About School

Serviceable for collections in need of school-themed poems or poetry for very young students; otherwise, readers are likely better served elsewhere.

SLJ's Poetry Section Debuts with 13 Buzzworthy Collections

Love and I am Loved


Nonfiction Titles That Do Double Duty | SLJ Spotlight


Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship

This clever book of poetry is about finding an unexpected friend...

School People

Used to kick off a writing assignment or to brighten up a gloomy day, these entertaining poems will hit the spot.

I Am Loved

A legendary pair presents a volume of verse worth remembering...

Martin Rising: Requiem for a King

Beautifully illustrated and begging to be read aloud, this poetry collection is an exceptional classroom tool for civil rights lessons and offers much for individual readers to linger over.

Seeing into Tomorrow

A must for all children's collections. These verses are an introduction to haiku as well as an entry point into Wright's work; they can be read aloud to younger children or enjoyed independently by older readers.

Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship

However earnest, this is a clumsy attempt at tackling interpersonal and systemic racism for middle grade readers.

I Am Loved

A recommended addition to all picture book poetry collections, one that encourages children to embrace their personal histories and to love and be loved. A vibrant burst of positivity for readers of any age.

Mary's Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein

A must-purchase for any middle and high school or public library YA collections, particularly where Gothic horror is in demand.

Black Girl Magic: A Poem

Browne celebrates a Black girlhood that is free, unforgettable, and luminous. Middle and high school poetry collections will want to consider.

School People

Used to kick off a writing assignment or to brighten up a gloomy day, these entertaining poems will hit the spot.

A Place To Start a Family: Poems About Creatures That Build

This is a great selection for science and poetry enthusiasts.

Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners

A vital addition to poetry collections.

Voices from the Underground Railroad

This book misses its mark.

With My Hands: Poems About Making Things

An effective medley of concept, poetry, and artwork. Hand this title directly to elementary school art teachers.

Thank You, Earth: A Love Letter to Our Planet

A splendid marriage of poetry and photography, consider for all nature-related collections.

31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Seventeen – 2017 Poetry Books for Kids

Nonfiction: Quirky Cuisine, Poetry, Earth Science & More | November 2017 Xpress Reviews

Margarita Engle is the Newest Young People's Poet Laureate

‘I Write Because I Read’ – Margarita Engle Visits The Yarn

Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case

Celebrating Dads with Poetry: Hope Anita Smith on "My Daddy Rules the World"

My Daddy Rules the World: Poems About Dads by Hope Anita Smith | SLJ Review

Eco-conscious Poetry Books for Earth Day

Fresh-Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers’ Market by Michelle Schaub | SLJ Review

Gardens Galore: Embrace Spring with These Great Books

4 Poetry Titles to Share with Tweens

Out of Wonder

New Kinds of Poetry: Title Poems (2017 Edition)

Poetry Picks | New Titles for Young Readers

Celebrate Poetry Month with NCTE’s 2017 Notable Poetry List

For National Poetry Month: A Social Justice Poetry Project for Teens, a guest post by Laura Shovan

Review of the Day: A New School Year – Stories in Six Voices by Sally Derby, ill. Mika Song

Anywhere Farm

It's Awards Season at Bank Street College

Kick Off Poetry Month with These YA Titles

Tech Tidbits for National Poetry Month

MakerSpace: April National Poetry Month Activities

Bravo!: Poems About Amazing Hispanics by Margarita Engle | SLJ Review


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