Best Poetry for Teens & Young Adults Books

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1. For Every One

Author: by Jason Reynolds
112 pages

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A lyrical masterpiece. School Library Journal (starred review) Originally performed at the Kennedy Center for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and later as a tribute to Walter Dean Myers, this stirring and inspirational poem is New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist Jason Reynolds’s rallying cry to the young dreamers of the world.

For Every One is exactly that: for every one. For every one person. For every one who has a dream. But especially for every kid. The kids who dream of being better than they are. Kids who dream of doing more than they almost dare to imagine.

Kids who are like Jason Reynolds, a self-professed dreamer. Jason does not claim to know how to make dreams come true; he has, in fact, been fighting on the front line of his own battle to make his own dreams a reality.

He expected to make it when he was sixteen.Then eighteen.Then twenty-five. Now, some of those expectations have been realized. But others, the most important ones, lay ahead, and a lot of them involve kids, how to inspire them: All the kids who are scared to dream, or don’t know how to dream, or don’t dare to dream because they’ve NEVER seen a dream come true.

2. Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir

Author: by Nikki Grimes
336 pages

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A Michael L.Printz Honor BookA Robert F. Sibert Informational Honor BookA Boston Globe/Horn Book Nonfiction Honor BookArnold Adoff Poetry Award for TeensSix Starred Reviews – Booklist BCCB The Horn Book Publishers Weekly School Library Connection Shelf AwarenessA Booklist Best Book for Youth * A BCCB Blue Ribbon * A Horn Book Fanfare Book * A Shelf Awareness Best Children’s Book * Recommended on NPR’s “Morning Edition” by Kwame Alexander”This powerful story, told with the music of poetry and the blade of truth, will help your heart grow.”-Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak and Shout”[A] testimony and a triumph.”-Jason Reynolds, author of Long Way DownIn her own voice, acclaimed author and poet Nikki Grimes explores the truth of a harrowing childhood in a compelling and moving memoir in verse.

Growing up with a mother suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and a mostly absent father, Nikki Grimes found herself terrorized by babysitters, shunted from foster family to foster family, and preyed upon by those she trusted. At the age of six, she poured her pain onto a piece of paper late one night – and discovered the magic and impact of writing.

3. Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir

Author: by Margarita Engle
224 pages

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In this poetic memoir, which won the Pura Belpr Author Award, was a YALSA Nonfiction Finalist, and was named a Walter Dean Myers Award Honoree, acclaimed author Margarita Engle tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War.

Margarita is a girl from two worlds. Her heart lies in Cuba, her mother’s tropical island country, a place so lush with vibrant life that it seems like a fairy tale kingdom. But most of the time she lives in Los Angeles, lonely in the noisy city and dreaming of the summers when she can take a plane through the enchanted air to her beloved island.

Words and images are her constant companions, friendly and comforting when the children at school are not. Then a revolution breaks out in Cuba. Margarita fears for her far-away family. When the hostility between Cuba and the United States erupts at the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Margarita’s worlds collide in the worst way possible.

How can the two countries she loves hate each other so much? And will she ever get to visit her beautiful island again?

4. Chlorine Sky

Author: by Mahogany L. Browne
192 pages


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A novel-in-verse about a young girl coming-of-age and stepping out of the shadow of her former best friend. Perfect for readers of Elizabeth Acevedo and Nikki Grimes.”Mahogany L. Browne’s debut YA ia an absolute masterpiece. It will leave you breathless.” -Elizabeth Acevedo, New York Times bestselling author of The Poet X She looks me hard in my eyes& my knees lock into tree trunksMy eyes don’t dance like my heartbeat racingThey stare straight back hot daggers.

I remember things will never be the same.I remember things. With gritty and heartbreaking honesty, Mahogany L. Browne delivers a novel-in-verse about broken promises, fast rumors, and when growing up means growing apart from your best friend.

5. Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

Author: by T. S. Eliot
Harcourt, Brace & Co.
56 pages

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The inspiration for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical CATS, and its upcoming movie adaptation, directed by Tom Hooper and starring Taylor Swift (Bombalurina), Idris Elba (Macavity the Mystery Cat), Dame Judi Dench (Old Deuteronomy), Ian McKellen (Gus the Theatre Cat), James Corden (Bustopher Jones), Jennifer Hudson (Grizabella), Jason Derulo (Rum Tum Tugger), and Rebel Wilson (Jennyanydots).Cats!

Some are sane, and some are mad. Some are good, and some are bad … These lovable cat poems were written by T.S. Eliot for his godchildren and continue to delight children and grown-ups. Eliot’s beloved cat poems are a curious and artful homage to felines young and old, merry and fierce, small and unmistakably round, and Edward Gorey’s graphic interpretations are sure to charm.

6. Bronx Masquerade

Author: by Nikki Grimes

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The beloved and award-winning novel now available in a new format with a great new cover! When Wesley Boone writes a poem for his high school English class, some of his classmates clamor to read their poems aloud too. Soon they’re having weekly poetry sessions and, one by one, the eighteen students are opening up and taking on the risky challenge of self-revelation.

There’s Lupe Alvarin, desperate to have a baby so she will feel loved. Raynard Patterson, hiding a secret behind his silence. Porscha Johnson, needing an outlet for her anger after her mother OD’s. Through the poetry they share and narratives in which they reveal their most intimate thoughts about themselves and one another, their words and lives show what lies beneath the skin, behind the eyes, beyond the masquerade.

7. Home Is Not a Country

Author: by Safia Elhillo
224 pages

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Nothing short of magic. Elizabeth Acevedo, New York Times bestselling author of The Poet X From the acclaimed poet featured on Forbes Africa’s 30 Under 30 list, this powerful novel-in-verse captures one girl, caught between cultures, on an unexpected journey to face the ephemeral girl she might have been.

Woven through with moments of lyrical beauty, this is a tender meditation on family, belonging, and home. My mother meant to name me for her favorite flowerits sweetness garlands made for pretty girlsi imagine her yasmeen bright & alive& i ache to have been born her insteadNima wishes she were someone else.

She doesn’t feel understood by her mother, who grew up in a different land. She doesn’t feel accepted in her suburban town; yet somehow, she isn’t different enough to belong elsewhere. Her best friend, Haitham, is the only person with whom she can truly be herself.

Until she can’t, and suddenly her only refuge is gone. As the ground is pulled out from under her, Nima must grapple with the phantom of a life not chosenthe name her parents meant to give her at birthYasmeen. But that other name, that other girl, might be more real than Nima knows.

8. You Don't Have to Be Everything: Poems for Girls Becoming Themselves

Author: by Diana Whitney
176 pages

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Poems to Turn to Again and Again from Amanda Gorman, Sharon Olds, Kate Baer, and More Created and compiled just for young women, You Don’t Have to Be Everything is filled with works by a wide range of poets who are honest, unafraid, and skilled at addressing the complex feelings of coming-of-age, from loneliness to joy, longing to solace, attitude to humor.

These unintimidating poems offer girls a message of self-acceptance and strength, giving them permission to let go of shame and perfectionism. The cast of 68 poets is extraordinary: Amanda Gorman, the first National Youth Poet Laureate, who read at Joe Biden’s inauguration; bestselling authors like Maya Angelou, Elizabeth Acevedo, Sharon Olds, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Mary Oliver; Instagram-famous poets including Kate Baer, Melody Lee, and Andrea Gibson; poets who are LGBTQ, poets of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds, poets who sing of human experience in ways that are free from conventional ideas of femininity.

Illustrated in full color with work by three diverse artists, this book is an inspired gift for daughters and granddaughtersand anyone on the path to becoming themselves. No matter how old you are, it helps to be young when you’re coming to life, to be unfinished, a mysterious statement, a journey from star to star.

9. Apple: (Skin to the Core)

Author: by Eric Gansworth
Levine Querido
352 pages

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National Book Award LonglistTIME’s 10 Best YA and Children’s Books of 2020NPR’s Best Book of 2020Shelf Awareness’s Best Books of 2020Publishers Weekly’s Big Indie Books of FallAmazon’s Best Book of the MonthAICL Best YA Books of 2020CSMCL Best Multicultural Children’s Books of 2020PRAISE”Stirring..

Raw and moving.”TIME”Beautiful imagery and with words that soar and scald.”The Buffalo News”Easily one of the best books to be published in 2020. The kind of book bound to save lives.” LitHub”A powerful narrative about identity and belonging.”Paste MagazineFOUR STARRED REVIEWS “Timely and important.” Booklist, starred review “Searing yet dryly funny.” The Bulletin, starred review “Exceptional.” Shelf-Awareness, starred review “Captivating.” School Library Journal, starred reviewThe term “Apple” is a slur in Native communities across the country.

It’s for someone supposedly “red on the outside, white on the inside.” In APPLE (SKIN TO THE CORE), Eric Gansworth tells his story, the story of his familyof Onondaga among Tuscarorasof Native folks everywhere. From the horrible legacy of the government boarding schools, to a boy watching his siblings leave and return and leave again, to a young man fighting to be an artist who balances multiple worlds.

10. Poetry Speaks Who I Am: 100 Poems of Discovery, Inspiration, Independence, and Everything Else for Teens (A Poetry Speaks Experience, Includes CD)

Author: by Elise Paschen
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky


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From the creators of the New York Times bestseller Poetry Speaks to Children, comes this inspirational anthology book of poems for middle grade readers. Poetry Speaks Who I Am is filled with more than 100 remarkable poems for teen boys and girls, making it the perfect addition to any classroom.

With poems about who teens are and who they are becoming, they’ll find poems that make them laugh, that make them angry, or poems that speak directly to them. Poetry can be life altering. It can be gritty and difficult.

It can be hilarious or heart-breaking. And it’s meant to be experienced, so we’ve included a CD on which you’ll hear 44 poems, 39 of which are original recordingsyou’ll only find them here. You’ll hear poets both classic and contemporary, well-known and refreshingly new, including: Dana Gioia expresses the hunger of a “Vampire’s Serenade” Elizabeth Alexander waits for that second kiss in “Zodiac” Langston Hughes flings his arms wide in “Dream Variations” Marilyn Nelson reads to her class in “How I Discovered Poetry” Paul Muldoon’s poem “Sideman,” brought loudly to life by the band Rackett And 39 more!

11. A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year

Author: by Jane McMorland Hunter
496 pages

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Celebrate nature every day of the year with 365 of the most beautiful poems ever written. From William Wordsworth’s springtime daffodils and Christina Rossetti’s birdsong to John Keats’s autumnal odes and Longfellow’s Woods in Winter, these poems pay tribute to the beauty of nature and the changing seasons.

Works from such beloved writers as William Blake, Robert Burns, Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Keats, Amy Lowell, and Shakespeare take you through the year, along with 12 evocative black-and-white line drawings. Enjoy Thomas Hardy’s Birds at Winter Nightfall, Robert Frost’s Spring Pools, Rudyard Kipling’s The Glory of the Garden, Elizabeth Jennings’s Song at the Beginning of Autumn, and many more.

12. Night Drives

Author: by Samantha Camargo

‎ 282 pages

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Night Drives is a collection of poetry and writing that makes you feel like you’re on a night drive.. The kind with the windows down, music up, and the night sky above you. The kind that slowly opens you up, allowing you to feel all of the emotions you’ve been holding in for so long and somehow helps you feel alive again.

The kind that helps you appreciate the night sky again.

13. Light Filters In: Poems

Author: by Caroline Kaufman

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In the vein of poetry collections like Milk and Honey and Adultolescence, this compilation of short, powerful poems from teen Instagram sensation @poeticpoison perfectly captures the human experience. In Light Filters In, Caroline Kaufmanknown as @poeticpoisondoes what she does best: reflects our own experiences back at us and makes us feel less alone, one exquisite and insightful piece at a time.

She writes about giving up too much of yourself to someone else, not fitting in, endlessly Googling how to be happy, and ultimately figuring out who you are. This hardcover collection features completely new material plus some fan favorites from Caroline’s account.

Filled with haunting, spare pieces of original art, Light Filters In will thrill existing fans and newcomers alike. It’s okay if some thingsare always out of reach. If you could carry all the starsin the palm of your hand,they wouldn’t behalf as breathtaking

14. Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience

Author: by Patrice Vecchione

‎ 208 pages

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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. Whether it’s cultural and language differences, homesickness, social exclusion, racism, stereotyping, or questions of identity, the Dreamers, immigrants, and refugee poets included here encourage readers to honor their roots as well as explore new paths, offering empathy and hope.

Many of the struggles described are faced by young people everywhere: isolation, self-doubt, confusion, and emotional dislocation. But also joy, discovery, safety, and family. This is a hopeful, beautiful, and meaningful book for any reader.


Author: by Laurie Halse Anderson
Penguin Books

‎ English
320 pages

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Award-winning Speak author Laurie Halse Anderson’s New York Times bestselling poetic memoir and call to action, which garnered eight starred reviews! Bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault.

Now, inspired by her fans and enraged by how little in our culture has changed since her groundbreaking novel Speak was first published twenty years ago, she has written a critically acclaimed poetry memoir that is as vulnerable as it is rallying, as timely as it is timeless.

In free verse, Anderson shares reflections, rants, and calls to action woven among deeply personal stories from her life that she’s never written about before. Praised as “captivating,” “powerful,” and “essential” by critics, this searing and soul-searching memoir is a denouncement of our society’s failures and a love letter to all the people with the courage to say #MeToo and #TimesUp, whether aloud, online, or only in their own hearts.

16. It's Not Like It's a Secret

Author: by Misa Sugiura
400 pages

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Winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature * 2018 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults * 2018 Rainbow Book List * A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2017″Well-paced, brimming with drama, and utterly vital.”Kirkus (starred review)This charming and bittersweet coming-of-age story featuring two girls of color falling in love is part To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and part Simon vs.

The Homo Sapiens Agenda. Sixteen-year-old Sana Kiyohara has too many secrets. Some are small, like how it bothers her when her friends don’t invite her to parties. Some are big, like the fact that her father may be having an affair.

And then there’s the one that she can barely even admit to herselfthe one about how she might have a crush on her best friend. When Sana and her family move to California, she begins to wonder if it’s finally time for some honesty, especially after she meets Jamie Ramirez.

Jamie is beautiful and smart and unlike anyone Sana’s ever known. There are just a few problems: Sana’s new friends don’t trust Jamie’s crowd; Jamie’s friends clearly don’t want her around anyway; and a sweet guy named Caleb seems to have more-than-friendly feelings for her.