April is National Poetry Month

National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry
When words in verse are paired with the awesomeness of nature, something magical happens. Beloved former U.S. Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis curates an exuberant poetic celebration of the natural world in this stellar collection of nature poems. From trickling streams to deafening thunderstorms to soaring mountains, discover majestic photography perfectly paired with contemporary (such as Billy Collins), classics (such as Robert Frost), and never-before-published works.



Out of Wonder by Kwame Alexander
Presents a collection of twenty poems written in tribute to well-known poets from around the world. Includes biographical information about the celebrated poets.




Firefly July 
A selection of short American poems dealing with the four seasons and the different weather events and animal patterns that can occur within each.




Fly With Me by Jane Yolen
A family of dedicated birders presents an illustrated tribute to birds featuring a combination of scientific facts, folklore, poems, and songs.



The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander
Originally performed for ESPN’s The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world’s greatest heroes. The text is also peppered with references to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others, offering deeper insights into the accomplishments of the past, while bringing stark attention to the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present.


Lion of the Sky by Laura Purdie Salas
A collection of poems celebrates the four seasons, including spring, summer, fall, and winter.




Zen Ties by Jon Muth
When Stillwater the panda encourages Koo, Addy, Michael, and Karl to help a grouchy neighbor, their efforts are rewarded in unexpected ways.




The Superlative A. Lincoln by Eileen A. Meyer
Tallest, wisest, most studios–Lincoln was simply superlative! Get to know the personal side of Honest Abe (his least favorite nickname) through fresh and funny poems expressing his superlative nature.




Emma’s Poem by Linda Glaser
In 1883, Emma Lazarus, deeply moved by an influx of immigrants from eastern Europe, wrote a sonnet that gave a voice to the Statue of Liberty. The statue, thanks to Emma’s poem, came to define us as a nation that welcomes immigrants. The text of that now-famous poem, “The New Colossus,” appears in this free-verse biography, illustrated in an exquisite folk art style.



Enchanted Air by Margarita Engle
Engle tells of growing up with two cultures during a time of cold hostility between nations, an almost-war of words that shaped this sensitive young girl into an award-winning poet who enriches the world with words of a far more hopeful kind.




Beastly Verse
An anthology of 16 animal poems for children, illustrated by the graphic artist JooHee Yoon. The authors range from Lewis Carroll to D. H. Lawrence to Anonymous.




Bigfoot is Missing by Patrick J. Lewis
A poetry collection about cryptozoological creatures (the Loch Ness monster, Bigfoot, Chupacabra, etc.) from around the world, written so as to allow the design of the book to disguise the fact that the collection is poetry.



Follow the Recipe by Marilyn Singer
A collection of poems written in the form of recipes.




Woke by Mahogany L. Browne
A collection of poems by women that reflects the joy and passion in the fight for social justice, tackling topics from discrimination to empathy, and acceptance to speaking out.




Finding Wonders by Jeannine Atkins
A biographical novel in verse of three different girls in three different time periods who grew up to become groundbreaking scientists.




A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
A collection of favorite poems describing the child’s world of dreams and reality.




Family Poems For Everyday of the Week by Francisco X. Alacron
Presents a series of brief poems in English and Spanish for each day of the week that celebrate the joys of family and other relationships.




A Poem For Peter by Andrea Davis Pinkney
A celebration of the extraordinary life of Ezra Jack Keats, creator of The Snowy Day.



Poetrees by Douglas Florian
A collection of poems about trees.




Everything Comes Next by Naomi Shihab Nye
Everything Comes Next contains Naomi Shihab Nye’s most beloved poems, including ‘Famous,’ ‘A Valentine for Ernest Mann,’ ‘Kindness,’ and ‘Gate A-4,’ as well as new, unpublished poems. It is an introduction to the poet’s work for new readers, as well as a comprehensive edition for classrooms.