Books for National Poetry Month

By Colleen Rowe | April 12 2021 | English Language Arts

April is National Poetry Month, reminding us of poetry’s important role in our culture and in our classrooms. We are celebrating by appreciating a few titles that highlight inspiring poems that can help your students express themselves through reading and writing.

 

Love

In this heartfelt celebration of love, Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña and illustrator Loren Long depict the many ways we experience a universal bond. With a lyrical text that is soothing and inspiring, this tender tale is a needed comfort and a new classic that will resonate with readers of every age.

 

 I Am Every Good Thing

This is an upbeat, empowering, and important picture book about a creative, adventurous, smart, funny, and a good friend, from the team that created the award-winning Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut.

 

That Is My Dream!: A picture book of Langston Hughes’s “Dream Variation”

Here is the picture book of “Dream Variation,” one of Langston Hughes’s most celebrated poems, illustrated by Daniel Miyares, the acclaimed creator of Float, about the dream of a world free of discrimination and racial prejudice.

 

 Izzy Kline Has Butterflies

Beth Ain chronicles the big and small moments that make up a new school year in this heartwarming novel in verse.

 

The Poem is a Nest

This poetry collection introduces readers to the art of found poetry as the poet writes a 37-line poem, “Nest,” then finds 160 smaller poems within it. The joyous creativity in this volume is certain to inspire budding poets.

 

I Am Someone Else: Poems

Celebrated poet Lee Bennett Hopkins shares a diverse collection of poems that ask “Who do you want to be?” In this collection, fifteen poets write about who they might like to be, musing what life would be like as a wizard, a firefighter, a video-game inventor, and more.

 

I Talk Like a River

Poet Jordan Scott writes movingly in this powerful and uplifting book, based on his own experience, about a boy who stutters and feels incapable of communicating in the way he’d like. It takes a kindly father and a walk by the river to help him find his voice.

 

 

Love
978-1-5247-4091-7
"[A] poetic reckoning of the importance of love in a child's life . . . eloquent and moving." - People "Everything that can be called love -- from shared joy to comfort in the darkness -- is gathered in the pages of this reassuring, refreshingly honest picture book." - The New York Times Book Review, Editors' Choice / Staff Picks From the Book Review From Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña and bestselling illustrator Loren Long comes a story about the strongest bond there is and the diverse and powerful ways it connects us all.
$17.99 US
Jan 09, 2018
Hardcover
40 Pages
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Preschool - 3

I Am Every Good Thing
978-0-525-51877-8
An upbeat, empowering, important picture book from the team that created the award-winning Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut
$17.99 US
Sep 01, 2020
Hardcover
32 Pages
Nancy Paulsen Books
Preschool - 2

That Is My Dream!
A picture book of Langston Hughes's "Dream Variation"
978-0-399-55017-1
One of Langston Hughes's most celebrated poems, "Dream Variation," is now a picture book stunningly illustrated by Daniel Miyares, the acclaimed creator of Float.
$17.99 US
Oct 03, 2017
Hardcover
32 Pages
Schwartz & Wade
Preschool - 3

Izzy Kline Has Butterflies
978-0-399-55083-6
"Pitch perfect, heartfelt, and real," raved Wendy Mass, New York Times bestselling author of The Candymakers. This novel-in-verse highlights all the moments--big and small--that make up an important year.
$6.99 US
Mar 06, 2018
Paperback
192 Pages
Yearling
Grades 3-7

This Poem Is a Nest
978-1-68437-363-5
This beautiful poetry collection introduces readers to the art of found poetry as the poet writes a 37-line poem, "Nest," then finds 160 smaller poems within it.
$17.99 US
Sep 29, 2020
Hardcover
112 Pages
Wordsong
Grade 2 & Up

I Am Someone Else
Poems About Pretending
978-1-58089-832-4
Celebrated poet Lee Bennett Hopkins shares a diverse collection of poems that ask (with the help of Newbery medalist Lois Lowry, former US Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis, and others), "Who do you want to be?"
$16.99 US
Jul 02, 2019
Hardcover
32 Pages
Charlesbridge
Preschool - 3

I Talk Like a River
978-0-8234-4559-2
Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award   What if words got stuck in the back of your mouth whenever you tried to speak? What if they never came out the way you wanted them to?   Sometimes it takes a change of perspective to get the words flowing. A New York Times Best Children's Book of the Year
$18.99 US
Sep 01, 2020
Hardcover
40 Pages
Neal Porter Books
Preschool - 3