16 Books for National Poetry Month

“Sing to the sun

It will listen

And warm your words

Your joy will rise

Like the sun

and glow

Within you”

Those beautiful words are included in Sing to the Sun: Poems and Pictures, written by the venerable author and illustrator Ashley Bryan. April is National Poetry Month, a celebration founded in 1996 to recognize “poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives.” The sixteen featured poetry books celebrate nature and neighborhoods, islands and imagination, words and wisdom.  There is plenty reading enjoyment for all ages. Go to our category page Genres, Themes, and… to discover more picture, middle grade, and young adult poetry book selections for your home or classroom library or to donate to those whose access to books is limited. Happy Poetry Month!


Sing the Sun: Poems and Pictures – Ashley Bryan

Dance with Me: Super Sturdy Picture Book – Charles R. Smith Jr.

I Am the Virgin Islands – Tiphanie Yanique

In the Land of Words: New and Selected Poems – Eloise Greenfield, Illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist

Deshawn Days Tony Medina, Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Can’t Scare Me! – Ashley Bryan

Young Cornrows Callin Out the Moon – Ruth Forman, Illustrated by Cbabi Bayoc

Bronzeville Boys and Girls Gwendolyn Brooks, Illustrated by Faith Ringgold

H.O.R.S.E.: A Game of Basketball and Imagination – Christopher Myers

America, My New Home – Monica Gunning, Illustrated by Ken Condon

Poetry for Young People: Maya Angelou – Dr. Edwin Graves Wilson Ph.D., Illustrated by Jerome Lagarrigue

Out of Wonder – Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley, & Marjory Wentworth, Illustrated by Ekua Holmes

How I Discovered Poetry – Marilyn Nelson, Illustrated by Hadley Hooper

Under The Moon & Over the Sea: A Collection of Caribbean Poems – James Berry & Grace Nichols

One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance – Nikki Grimes

The 100 Best African American Poems – Nikki Giovanni

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