Poetry Books: Ideas for Every Age

Poetry Books: Ideas for Every Age

We invite you to enrich your poetry teatimes with some of our favorite selections of poetry! Purchase the titles below or download this printable list to take with you to the library (includes Dewey Decimal numbers).

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Ages 3-7

Whoever You Are by Mem Fox
A Child’s Book of Poems by Gyo Fujikawa
Read-Aloud Poems for Young People edited by Glorya Hale
All the Colors of the Earth by Sheila Hamanaka
Forget-Me-Nots: Poems to Learn by Heart Mary Ann Hoberman
The Llama Who Had No Pajama: 100 Favorite Poems by Mary Ann Hoberman
Sail Away by Langston Hughes
One Leaf Rides the Wind: Counting in a Japanese Garden by Celeste Mannis
Tallulah’s Tutu by Marilyn Singer
In the Land of Milk and Honey by Joyce Carol Thomas
Every Day Birds by Amy Ludwig Vanderwater
Eric Carle’s Animals Animals by Laura Whipple & Eric Carle
The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations by Sylvia Vardell & Janet Wong
Here’s A Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry by Jane Yolen
Wee Rhymes: Baby’s First Poetry by Jane Yolen


Ages 8-13

Yes! We Are Latinos by Alma Flor Ada
Somos como los nubes / We Are Like the Clouds by Jorge Argueta
Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets by Alexander, Colderley & Wentworth
The Playbook by Kwame Alexander
Freedom Over Me by Ashley Bryan
Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics by Margarita Engle
Applesauce Weather by Helen Frost
Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat by Nikki Giovanni
One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes
Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes
Catching a Storyfish by Janice N. Harrington
A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms by Paul B. Janeczko
A Poke in the I: A Collection of Concrete Poems by Paul B. Janeczko
The Death of the Hat: A Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects by Paul B. Janeczko
A Family of Poems complied by Caroline Kennedy
The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary by Laura Shovan
Feel the Beat: Dance Poems that Zing from Salsa to Swing by Marilyn Singer
Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reverso Poems by Marilyn Singer
You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen by Carole Boston Weatherford
Forest Has a Song: Poems by Amy Ludwig Vanderwater
The Poetry of Science by Sylvia Vardell & Janet Wong
HERE WE GO: A Poetry Friday Power Book by Sylvia Vardell & Janet Wong
You Just Wait: A Poetry Friday Power Book by Sylvia Vardell & Janet Wong
Grumbles from the Forest: Fairy-Tale Voices with a Twist by Jane Yolen & Rebecca Kai Dotlich


Ages 14-18

Paint Me Like I Am by Bill Aguado
Crush: Love Poems for Teenagers by Kwame Alexander
Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young & Latino in the U.S. by Lori Marie Carlson & Oscar Hijuelos
101 Famous Poems with a Prose Supplement by Roy J. Cook
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Trilogy by Ian Doescher
The Doubtful Guest by Edward Gorey
Technically, It’s Not My Fault: Concrete Poems by John Grandits
Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath by Stephanie Hemphill
CrashBoomLove: A Novel in Verse by Juan Felipe Herrera
Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs by Ron Koertge
Get Lit Rising: Words Ignite. Claim Your Poem. Claim Your Life. by Diane Luby Lane
Under the Mesquite Guadalupe by Garcia Mccall
Lewis Carroll: Poetry for Young People edited by Edward Mendelson
American Ace by Marilyn Nelson
A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson
Carver: A Life in Poems by Marilyn Nelson
A Maze Me: Poems for Girls by Naomi Shihab Nye
Time You Let Me In: 25 Poets Under 25 selected by Naomi Shihab Nye
Poetry Speaks Who I Am by Elise Paschen
Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell
For Teenage Girls with Wild Ambitions and Trembling Hearts by Clementine von Radics
The World According to Dog: Poems and Teen Voices by Joyce Sidman
What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones

Poetry Books: Ideas for Every Age

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