National Poetry Month

April 13, 2020

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month (image: top view of a cup of coffee and an open book of poetry on a wooden peeking into the frame)
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Do you read poetry?

In recognition of National Poetry Month, I’m pleased to highlight fiction and nonfiction selections written in free verse. What I love about poetry is the figurative language, sparse words to convey the most beautiful reflections, and  exquisite and unique turns of phrases. I need to expand my reading experiences with poetry, and I would love to hear about your favorite poets and poetry collections in the comments, please!

Here are seven of my favorite MG and YA free verse titles:

*Titles are Amazon affiliate links.

Paper Hearts by Meg Wiviott

WW11 story of survival and friendship. My review here. (5 Stars)

Paper Hearts by Meg Wiviott (cover)

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Vietnamese refugee story; Goodreads review here. (5 Stars)

Inside Out and Back Again

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

A story of a young girl’s experience surviving the Oklahoma Dust Bowl; Goodreads review here. (5 Stars)

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse (cover)

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

A memoir of childhood; My review here. (5 Stars)

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (cover)

For Everyone by Jason Reynolds

Encouraging words for courageous dreamers (not yet reviewed); a perfect small gift for spring graduates. (4 Stars)

For Everyone by Jason Reynolds (cover)

Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

A boy discovers he can write poetry when he writes about his beloved dog. Not reviewed. (5 Stars)

Love That Dog by Sharon Creech (cover)

Finding Wonders by Jeannine Atkins

A fictionalized biography of three women who changed science; Goodreads review here. (4 Stars)

Finding Wonders


What poetry do you love? Do you have a favorite poet?
Please share the title of your favorite poetry collection with me in the comments.
Do you have a recommendation for another fiction or nonfiction selection in verse?


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  1. I do not read a lot of poetry, but a couple of these free verse books look interesting. Specifically Brown Girl Dreaming and Inside Out and Back Again.

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