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50+ Books to Celebrate National Poetry Month for Kids and Teens

April is National Poetry Month!

Now is typically the time of year when educators have more flexibility with their curriculum and incorporate units of study around poetry. It is also a wonderful time for caregivers to refresh their shelves and read more poetry books with children. Whatever your reason for reading this post, we hope you find a kid’s book that excites you and encourages you to read more poetry all year long.

There are so many excellent poetry books that are written in verse or compiled anthologies. This list includes more than 50 of our most recommended and most popular titles that affirm and reflect the diversity of young readers.

We've highlighted a sampling of our board book, picture book, middle grade and young adult recommendations below. For the complete list of titles, visit our Bookshop page.

Board Books

Homemade Love

Author: bell hooks | Illustrator: Shane W. Evans | Publisher: Jump at the Sun

Homemade Love is a short and sweet board book about the love between a mom, dad, and daughter. It showcases the love and adoration of a joyful Black family. This family supports each other when mistakes are made, and through all the little moments that make up time spent together. You may also enjoy reading Be Boy Buzz - another affirming bell hooks board book.

We Sang You Home & Little You

Author: Richard Van Camp | Illustrator: Julie Flett | Publisher: Orca Publishing

Both of these board books are authored and illustrated by Indigenous creators whose work feels like a hug for new parents. These heartwarming and lyrical books depict the wonder and joy of welcoming a new baby into the world and are perfect gifts for new parents. The simple and bold illustrations will appeal to even the youngest reader.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?: a Mister Rogers Poetry Book and It’s You I Like: a Mister Rogers Poetry Book

Author: Fred Rogers | Illustrator: Luke Flowers | Publisher: Quirk Books

Fans of Mister Rogers - rejoice! These board books are true gems. Both of them feature popular Mister Rogers songs, including the opening theme song, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, and the gentle and affirming song, It’s You I Like.

Babies and kids will love the colorful and detailed illustrations, and caregivers will love how they expose children to new vocabulary and encourage language development. Older children will adore A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers.

Picture Books

African Proverbs for All Ages

Author: Johnnetta Betsch Cole | Illustrator: Nelda LaTeef | Publisher: Roaring Brook Press