Books for National Poetry Month

By Coll Rowe | April 7 2021 | English Language Arts

April is National Poetry Month, reminding us of poetry’s important role in our culture and in our classrooms. We are celebrating by appreciating a few titles that highlight the lives and work of inspiring poets.


The Hill We Climb

On January 20, 2021, Amanda Gorman became the sixth and youngest poet to deliver a poetry reading at a presidential inauguration. Here is her powerful and historic poem “The Hill We Climb.”


Home Is Not a Country

This is a powerful novel-in-verse from Safia Elhillo, that gives the mesmerizing journey of family and identity, filled with lyrical beauty and stunning strength.


Poems of Healing

Poems of Healing is a selection of poems from around the world and across the centuries about illness and healing, both physical and spiritual.


The Complete Poetry

Here is an updated collection of Maya Angelou’s works of poetry, including a never-before-published work titled, Amazement Awaits.


Jabberwocky and Other Nonsense

This collection celebrates the full range of Lewis Carroll’s verse—his nonsense, parodies, burlesques, and more—and includes such enduringly wonderful pieces as “The Walrus and the Carpenter,” “The Mock Turtle’s Song,” and “Father William” alongside the brilliantly playful “Jabberwocky.”


Ink Knows No Borders

This collection of sixty-four poems by poets who come from all over the world shares the experience of first- and second-generation young adult immigrants and refugees.


African American Poetry

This anthology of Black poetry gathers poetry from 250 poets from the colonial period to the present.


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