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Celebrate National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month! Celebrate with these books!

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 I Am Loved book jacket

I Am Loved by Nikki Giovanni

There is nothing more important to a child than to feel loved, and this gorgeous gathering of poems written by Nikki Giovanni celebrates exactly that. Hand-selected by Newbery honoree Ashley Bryan, he has, with his masterful flourish of color, shape, and movement, added a visual layering that drums the most impartant message of all to young, old, parent, child, grandparent, and friend alike: You are loved.

Children's Nonfiction

 Family Poems for Every Day of the Week book jacket

Family Poems for Every Day of the Week by Francisco X. Alarcón

This bilingual poetry collection from Chicano poet Alarcón includes three or four poems for each day of the week, written in the voice of a boy who reflects on traditions, special gatherings, and time spent with family.

Children's Nonfiction

 Runny Babbit Returns book jacket

Runny Babbit Returns by Shel Silverstein

A carefully compiled work from the Silverstein archives, Runny Babbit Returns is a collection of 41 never-before-published poems and drawings, features Runny and other woodland characters who speak a topsy-turvy language all their own. With tongue-twisting word play and uproarious characters, the endearingly befuddled Runny Babbit and his friends embody Shel Silverstein’s singular style, the one we all know and love.

Children's Nonfiction

 The Poet’s Dog  book jacket

The Poet’s Dog  by Patricia MacLachlan

From Newbery Medal winner Patricia MacLachlan comes a poignant story about two children, a poet, and a dog and how they help one another survive loss and recapture love.

Children's Fiction

 Gone Camping:  A Novel in Verse book jacket

Gone Camping: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissinger

Two siblings take on the great outdoors with their young-at-heart grandfather in this companion to the award-winning, Gone Fishing. Exuberantly illustrated throughout and filled with a variety of poetic forms, this camping romp told in verse is packed with family humor and adventure.

Children's Fiction

 The Sun and Her Flowers book jacket

The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one's roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself.

Adult Nonfiction

 Sea of Strangers book jacket

Sea of Strangers by Lang Leav

This completely original collection of poetry and prose will not only delight her avid fans but is sure to capture the imagination of a whole new audience. With the turn of every page, Sea of Strangers invites you to go beyond love and loss to explore themes of self-discovery and empowerment as you navigate your way around the human heart.

Adult Nonfiction

 Wild is the Wind book jacket

Wild is the Wind by Carl Phillips

In Wild Is the Wind, Carl Phillips reflects on love as depicted in the jazz standard for which the book is named--love at once restless, reckless, and yet desired for its potential to bring stability.

Adult Nonfiction

 Song of a Captive Bird book jacket

Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik

A fictional biography, Song of a Captive Bird recreates the audacious and courageous life of feminist Iranian poet and filmmaker Forugh Farrokhzah. Translations of Farrokhzah’s revolutionary poetry illuminate the path of her life, from a restrictive childhood, to her role as a young wife and mother, to her struggle for independence and the freedom to pursue her art.

Adult Fiction

 The Poet X book jacket

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

15-year-old Xiomara Batista feels overexposed and voiceless at the same time. Faced with regular harassment from the boys and men in her community and pressure from her mother to conform to her expected role of the perfect, obedient daughter, Xiomara channels her anger, longing, and confusion into her poetry. Written by an award-winning slam poet, this novel-in-verse is a powerful, raw successor to The House on Mango Street.

Teen Fiction

 Blood Water Paint book jacket

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

Blood Water Paint explores a pivotal season in the life of Artemisia Gentileschi, one of Rome’s greatest 17th century painters. In lyrical free verse, Artemisia shares her experience of abuse and betrayal, as well as her growing resolve to confront the injustice of her situation. Fans of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak will admire the courage and resilience of this real-life heroine.

Teen Fiction