Saturday, April 2, 2016

Diverse Children's Books for Poetry Month

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Poetry Month is here again!

Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton by Don Tate

I love April because the whole month is a reminder to deliberately seek out poetry and poets. I love this book by Don Tate. It's a wonderful look into the life and writing of George Moses Horton.

Here are a few more selections to check out during poetry month. Some of the titles are on the high end of middle grade (Voice of Freedom, Walking on Earth & some of the novels in verse).


The Blacker the Berry by Joyce Carol Thomas/Illustrated by Floyd Cooper

Laughing Tomatoes: And Other Spring Poems/Jitomates risuenos:Y otros poemas de primavera by Francisco X. Alarcón/Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzále

Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat edited by Nikki Giovanni/Illustrated by Kristen Balouch and Michele Noiset

My People by Langston Hughes/Photographs by Charles R. Smith Jr.

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer by Carole Boston Weatherford/Illustrated by Ekua Holmes

Tap Dancing on the Roof: Sijo (Poems) by Linda Sue Park/Illustrated by Istvan Banya

Ashley Bryan's ABC of African American Poetry compiled and illustrated by Ashley Bryan

Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People by Monica Brown/Illustrated by  Julie Paschkis

Walking on Earth & Touching the Sky edited by  Timothy P. McLaughlin/Illustrated by S.D. Nelson

Novels in Verse

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Caminar by Skila Brown

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  1. Hi there Crystal, what a varied list you have here. I especially appreciated the novels-in-verse - since most are quite familiar to me - but the poetry picturebooks, not so much, so I would be sure to find them next time I visit the library. Thanks again for alerting me about Amazing Grace - have amended the post to include the links you shared. :)

    1. I'm a big fan of novels-in-verse so am always on the lookout for good ones. You're welcome. :)

  2. I love this list of novels in verse, like Myra, many of these are titles I love. I have read all of them except for Enchanted Air. I was very excited about this poetry list.

  3. This is an excellent post! Love your choice of diverse poetry books too. I just got Enchanted Air in the mail (Margarita Engle is accepting the Zolotow Award next week), and I can't wait to read it. Thanks so much for hosting with us!

    1. Will you be at the award ceremony? I plan to be there. I'm excited to see Margarita Engle.

  4. Lovely list! I am also currently working on a list of multicultural poetry books for children and have come across some of these wonderful books.

  5. Some favourites and some to add to the reading pile - thank you for putting this together.

  6. Love your diverse books for poetry! Perfect for April! Thanks for sharing at the Diverse Children’s Books LINKY!