Collections of poetry, free form, or novels-in-verse: we’ve got all your tastes covered! Celebrate National Poetry Month this April by reading lyrical, beautiful poetry from our Young Adult collection. Browse our curated lists below or pick up a staff favorite.
Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
A beautiful and hopeful free-verse novel about a girl who tries to adjust to a new home after she emigrates from Syria with her mother while also worrying about her father and brother still in Syria. Jude’s emotions ring clear though the verse and catch the reader. I highly recommend the audio version as well!
-Abby, Teen Librarian
Ain’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds & illustrated by Jason Griffin
This stunning and unique book is a blend of art and text in a journal-like format that captures the frustration and anxiety of a Black boy overwhelmed by the onslaught of bad news — COVID, racism, police brutality, and more — and the way he finds solace and hope in the embrace of his family.
-Andrea, Teen Librarian
Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes
What a unique read! Grimes creates one-of-a-kind poems from the words of little-known women poets of the Harlem Renaissance. The poems are enhanced by incredibly beautiful full-page illustrations. A glorious and refreshing celebration of women creators!
-Al, Readers’ Advisor
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
The book is an eye opening look at grief, gang violence, and family. The verse is melodic and intense yet very approachable! Heartbreaking yet oddly hopeful. A must read!
-Denise, Readers’ Advisor
You Don’t Have to be Everything: Poems for Girls Becoming Themselves by Diana Whitney
Featuring a diverse tapestry of poets such as Amanda Gorman, Elizabeth Acevedo, and Mary Oliver, this compilation of poetry speaks to the emotional experiences of growing up. Interwoven between some of the more intimate or tough parts of growing are the joys and highs of life, ultimately leaving a message of hope behind.
“If you cannot believe that things will soften, trust that I believe for you.”
-Jenny, Program Librarian-Supervisor