One of my favorite parts of being a librarian is doing book displays at my library! Here on my blog, I love sharing the behind the scenes of my displays, including everything you need to recreate the displays. If you’re a library worker, teacher, or bookseller, feel free to use this to make a display of your own!
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Hi friends! April is National Poetry Month here in the US, and I always love doing a display for this month. This month is actually pretty versatile in terms of display opportunities–you can include poetry books & collections, books in verse, or even just books about poets.
Poetry is so great to recommend to teen readers for lots of reasons. Poetry books or books in verse are often a lot shorter than traditional prose YA, and I know a lot of younger readers can be intimidated by thick, long books. Poetry & books in verse are also really great for those who are trying to get into reading and don’t know where to start.
If you’re doing a National Poetry Month display, make sure you are highlighting queer and BIPOC poets! There are so many incredible ones out there that are often left out of poetry education.
(Alphabetical by author or editor)
- Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
- The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
- Solo by Kwame Alexander
- Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson
- The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
- Black Girl Magic: A Poem by Mahogany L. Browne
- Chlorine Sky by Mahogany L. Browne
- Vinyl Moon by Mahogany L. Browne
- Alma Presses Play by Tina Cane
- Muted by Tami Charles
- Three Things I Know Are True by Betty Culley
- Blood Moon by Lucy Cuthew
- Mirage by Somaiya Daud
- 500 Words or Less by Juleah del Rosario
- Turtle Under Ice by Juleah del Rosario
- Color Me In by Natasha Diaz
- Home is Not a Country by Safia Elhillo
- Say Her Name by Zetta Elliot & Loveis Wise
- A Million Quiet Revolutions by Robin Gow
- Lawless Spaces by Corey Ann Haydu
- Redwood & Ponytail by K.A. Holt
- Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh
- When You Ask Me Where I’m Going by Jasmine Kaur
- Me (Moth) by Amber McBride
- Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough
- The Truth Project by Dante Medema
- Thirty Talks Weird Love by Alessandra Narváez Varela
- For Every One by Jason Reynolds
- Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
- Somebody Give This Heart a Pen by Sophia Thakur
- When We Make It by Elisabet Velasquez
- Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson & Ellen Hagan
- White Rose by Kip Wilson
- Pride by Ibi Zoboi
- Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam
This list is just a small selection; there are so many other incredible poetry collections, books in verse, and books about poets!