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National Poetry Month

The Children’s Book Council team is always reading and we’re always up for sharing the interesting books some of us love to dive into. Since April is National Poetry Month, we are sharing both our favorite individual poems and poetry books. Join us in celebrating National Poetry Month and let us know on social media what you’re reading this April!

Sommer Wissner

Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas (Poem on Poets.org)

Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein (HarperCollins)

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud by William Wordsworth (Poem on Famous Poets and Poems.com)

Grace Kat

Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers by Jake Skeets (Milkweed Editions)

Haiku: Classic Japanese Short Poems by Matsuo Bashō, Yosa Buson, Kobayashi Issa, and Masaoka Shiki, translated by Hart Larrabee (Amber Books)

Paulina Ramirez

Thirty Talks Weird Love by Alessandra Narvaez Varela (Cinco Puntos Press)

Laura Peraza

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost (Poem on PoetryFoundation)

Poema 20 de Pablo Neruda (en español) (Poem on Miguel de Cervantes Virtual Library)

When You Are Old by William Butler Yeats (Poem on PoetryFoundation)

Rikki Berger

Her Kind by Anne Sexton (Poem on PoetryFoundation)

Crush by Richard Siken (Yale University Press)

Jena Groshek

Hum by Jamaal May (Alice James Books)

Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell (Andrews McMeel)

Padmshree Acharya

all of it is you. by Nico Tortorella (Crown Archetype / Penguin Random House)

Shaina Birkhead

A History of Kindness by Linda Hogan (Torrey House Press)

10 Selected Poems by e.e. cummings (Grove Press)

When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano, illus. Julie Morstad (Macmillan)

Briana Mangum

Home Body by Rupi Kaur (Andrew McMeel Publishing)

Carl Lennertz

Meet Danita Brown by Nikki Grimes, illus. Floyd Cooper (Scholastic)

Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan (HarperCollins)

John McCormack

All of Us by Raymond Carver (Penguin Random House)

(“if up’s the word…”) by e.e. cummings (Poem on Poetry Foundation)

Happy National Poetry Month!


List compiled by CBC’s resident holiday expert, Sommer Wissner. Check out the CBC Holiday Series on our blog.

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