“Uptown is a caterpillar.
Well, it’s really the Metro-North train
as it eases over the Harlem River…
Uptown is a stage.
The Apollo Theater has showcased
the greatest entertainers in the world…
Uptown is a barbershop.
It’s a place where last night’s
ball game can be more important than
what style haircut you want.”
April is National Poetry Month, and that excerpt is from multiple award-winning author and illustrator, Bryan Collier’s Uptown, a book described as “engagingly energetic“ by Kirkus Reviews. The thirty fiction and nonfiction books selected for National Poetry Month cover a wide range of topics, such as the alphabet, shoes, family, President Obama, food, music, and love; there’s even a retelling of Dante’s Inferno by John Agard. Go to our category page Genres, Themes, and… to select more picture, middle grade, and young adult books for your home or classroom library—or to donate. Happy Reading!