Friday, January 13, 2017

Sneak Peek list for 2017

It's time again to post my annual "sneak peek" list of all the poetry for young people that will be published in the coming year. This includes poetry collections,  anthologies and novels in verse. In addition, I plan to talk with publishers at the ALA Midwinter conference next week and update with more titles I learn about there. So, these are the titles that I know about thus far. If you know about other poetry for young readers set to be published this year (or have changes to suggest about these titles below), please let me know (in the comments). I'll be updating this list all year long, so it becomes a resource as you look for the latest poetry books for young people. There's a quick link to this post in the menu on the right-hand side of this blog, too, where I have links to all my previous "sneak peek" lists. As always, I'm so excited to find, get, and read all of these books! Congrats poets and yay for poetry readers! 
  1. *Acevedo, Elizabeth. 2017. The Poet X. HarperTeen.
  2. *Ain, Beth. 2017. Izzy Kline Has Butterflies. Random House.
  3. *Alene, Catherine. 2017. The Sky Between You and Me. Sourcebooks.
  4. Alexander, Kwame. 2017. Animal Ark. National Geographic.
  5. Alexander, Kwame. 2017. Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets. Candlewick.
  6. Alexander, Kwame. 2017. The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 
  7. *Alexander, Kwame and Hess, Mary Rand. 2017. Solo. Blink/HarperCollins.
  8. Alexander, Kwame. 2017. Swish!: Aim, Shoot, Rebound, and Score in This Game Called Life. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 
  9. *Atkins, Jeannine. 2017. Stone Mirrors: The Sculpture and Silence of Edmonia Lewis. Simon & Schuster.
  10. Benzel, Kate, Ed. 2017. Poetry for Kids: Carl Sandburg. MoonDance Press.
  11. Brooks, Gwendolyn. 2018. We Are Smiling. Ill. by Jan Spivey Gilchrist. HarperCollins.
  12. *Cartaya, Pablo. 2017. The Epic Fall of Arturo Zamora. Penguin/Viking.
  13. Clickard, Carrie. 2017. Dumpling Dreams: Joyce Chen and Her Peking Ravioli. Simon & Schuster.
  14. Colby, Rebecca. 2017. Motor Goose: Rhymes That Go! Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan.
  15. Coombs, Kate. 2017. Breathe and Be: A Book of Mindfulness Poems. Sounds True.
  16. *Crossan, Sarah and Conaghan. 2017. We Come Apart. Bloomsbury USA.
  17. Dalton, Pamela. 2017. Under the Silver Moon: Lullabies, Night Songs, & Poems. Chronicle/Handprint.
  18. Davies, Nicola. 2017. Song of the Wild: A First Book of Animals. Candlewick.
  19. Derby, Sally. 2017. A New School Year. Charlesbridge.
  20. Drimmer, Stephanie. 2017. Hey, Baby!: A Collection of Pictures, Poems, and Stories from Nature's Nursery. National Geographic.
  21. *Elliott, David. 2017. Bull. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  22. Engle, Margarita. 2017. Bravo! Poems About Amazing Latinos. Ill. by Rafael Lopez. Macmillan/Henry Holt.
  23. Engle, Margarita. 2017. All the Way to Havana. Ill. by Mike Curato. Holt.
  24. *Engle, Margarita. 2017. Forest World. Atheneum.
  25. *Engle, Margarita. 2017. Morning Star Horse/ El Caballo Lucero. HBE Publishers. 
  26. Engle, Margarita. 2017. Miguel’s Brave Knight. Ill. by Raul Colon. Peachtree. 
  27. Foster, John. Ed. 2017. A Rocketful of Space Poems. Frances Lincoln.
  28. *Frost, Helen. 2017. When My Sister Started Kissing. Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
  29. Frost, Helen. 2017. Wake Up. Ill. by Rick Lieder. Candlewick.
  30. Galing, Ed. 2017. Tony. Ill. by Erin Stead. Roaring Brook Press.
  31. *Green, Shari. 2017. Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess. Pajama Press.
  32. *Grimes, Nikki. 2017. Between the Lines. Penguin/Paulsen.
  33. Grimes, Nikki. 2017. One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance. Bloomsbury.
  34. Grimes, Nikki. 2017. The Watcher. Ill. by Bryan Collier. Eerdmans.
  35. Harris, Chris. 2017. I'm Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown Ups. Little, Brown.
  36. *Hopkins, Ellen. 2017. The You I've Never Known. McElderry Books.
  37. Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Ed. 2017. Traveling the Blue Road: Poems of the Sea. Ill. by Bob Hansman & Jovan Hansman. Quarto. 
  38. Howell, Raven. 2017. Shimmer: Songs of Night. Spork.
  39. Hughes, Langston. 2017. That Is My Dream! Ill. by Daniel Miyares. Random House/ Schwartz & Wade. 
  40. Jensen, Kelly. 2017. Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World. Algonquin. 
  41. Judge, Lita. 2017. One Thousand Tracings: Healing the Wounds of World War II. Disney-Hyperion. 
  42. Keats, John. 2017. A Song About Myself. Ill. by Chris Raschka. Candlewick. 
  43. Latham, Irene and Waters, Charles. 2017. Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship. Millbrook Press.
  44. *Lawrence, Katherine. 2017. Stay. Coteau Books.
  45. Lawson, JonArno. 2017. Leap. Ill. by Josee Bisallion. Kids Can Press.
  46. Lewis, J. Patrick. 2017. Keep a Pocket in Your Poem. Ill. by Johanna Wright. Boyds Mills Press/Wordsong.
  47. Lewis, J. Patrick. 2017. Make the Earth Your Companion. Ill. by Anna and Elena Balbusso. Creative Editions.
  48. Lilly, Tara. 2017. The Illustrated Emily Dickinson Nature Sketchbook: A Poetry-Inspired Drawing Journal. Quarry Books.
  49. Llanos, Mariana. 2017. Poesia Alada. Purple Corn Press.
  50. Magliaro, Elaine. 2017. Things to Do. Ill. by Catia Chien. Chronicle.
  51. McKissack, Patricia. 2017. Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing and Shout; Dance, Spin, and Turn it Out! Ill. by Brian Pinkney. Random House Schwartz & Wade. 
  52. Mercado-López. 2017. Esteban de Luna, Baby Rescuer!/ Esteban de Luna, Rescatador de Bebés! Arte Público Press.
  53. *Merrell, Billy. 2017. Vanilla. Push/Scholastic.
  54. Mora, Pat. 2017. Bookjoy, Wordjoy. Lee & Low.
  55. Moore, Clement C. 2017. The Night Before Christmas. Ill. by Antonio Javier Caparo. Simon & Schuster/Little Simon.
  56. Murray, Carol. 2017. Cricket in the Thicket: Poems About Bugs. Ill. by Melissa Sweet. Holt.
  57. Nesbitt, Kenn. Ed. 2017. One Minute till Bedtime: 60-Second Poems to Send You Off to Sleep. Little, Brown.
  58. Oliver, Lin. 2017. Steppin’ Out: Playful Rhymes for Toddler Times. Ill. by Tomie de Paola. Penguin/Paulsen.
  59. Otheguy, Emma. 2017. Martí's Song for Freedom. Lee & Low.
  60. Patterson, Heather. (1996/2017). I Am Canada. Scholastic Canada.
  61. Perkins, Useni Eugene. 2017. Hey Black Child. Ill. by Bryan Collier. Little, Brown. 
  62. *Powell, Patricia Hruby. 2017. Loving Vs. Virginia. Chronicle.
  63. Powell, Patricia Hruby. 2017. Struttin’ with Some Barbecue. Charlesbridge.
  64. Rex, Adam. 2017. Nothing Rhymes with Orange. Chronicle.
  65. *Reynolds, Jason. 2017. Long Way Down. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum/Caitlyn Diouhy Books.  
  66. Salas, Laura Purdie. 2017. If You Were the Moon. Ill. by Jaime Kim. Lerner/Millbrook.
  67. Schaub, Michelle. 2017. Fresh-Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers’ Market. Ill. by Amy Huntington. Charlesbridge.
  68. Sidman, Joyce. 2017. Round. Ill. by Taeeun Yoo. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 
  69. Silverstein, Shel. 2017. [Untitled thus far]. HarperCollins.
  70. Singer, Marilyn. 2017. Every Month’s New Year. Ill. by Susan Roth. Lee & Low.
  71. Singer, Marilyn. 2017. Feel the Beat:  Dance Poems that Zing from Salsa to Swing.  Dial.
  72. Smith, Dana. 2017. The Hawk of the Castle. Ill. by Bagram Ibatoulline. Candlewick.
  73. Smith, Hope Anita. 2017. My Daddy Rules the World: Poems About Fathers. Holt/Christy Ottaviano.
  74. Stevenson, Robert Louis. 2017. The Land of Nod. Ill. by Robert Hunter. Flying Eye Books.
  75. Tibo, Gilles and Gauthier, Mason. 2017. All the World a Poem. Pajama Press.
  76. Toht, Patricia. 2017. All Aboard the London Bus. Frances Lincoln/Quarto.
  77. VanDerwater, Amy. 2017. Read! Read! Read! Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press.
  78. Vardell, Sylvia and Wong, Janet. 2017. Here We Go: A Poetry Friday Power Book. Pomelo Books.
  79. Vardell, Sylvia and Wong, Janet. 2017. Pet Crazy: A Poetry Friday Power Book. Pomelo Books. 
  80. Weatherford, Carole. 2017. Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library. Ill. by Eric Velazquez. Candlewick Press. 
  81. Weatherford, Carole Boston. 2017. In Your Hands. Ill. by Brian Pinkney.  Athenuem.
  82. Weatherford, Carole Boston. 2017.The Legendary Miss Lena Horne. Ill. by Elizabeth Zunon. Athenuem.
  83. Weatherford, Carole Boston. 2017. Dorothea Lange: The Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression. Ill. by Jane Green. Albert Whitman. 
  84. Weatherford, Carole Boston. 2017. Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library. Candlewick.
  85. Weston, Robert Paul. 2017. Sakura’s Cherry Blossoms. Ill. by Misa Saburi. Random House Canada.
  86. Wilson, Karma. 2017. Dormouse Dreams. Ill. by Renata Liwska. Disney-Hyperion.
  87. *Wissinger, Tamera Will. 2017. Gone Camping. Ill. by Matthew Cordell. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  88. *Wolf, Allan. 2017. Who Killed Christopher Goodman? Based on a True Crime. Candlewick.
  89. Yolen, Jane and Lewis, J. Patrick. 2017. Last Laughs: Prehistoric Epitaphs. Ill. by Charlesbridge.
  90. Yolen, Jane. 2017. Thunder Underground. Ill. by Josée Masse. Boyds Mills Press.
*These are novels in verse

BTW, this list includes books that have SOME poetry, but may not be entirely poetry. And I'll keep updating this list as I hear of new titles to add.

I'm also so proud to have two books coming out this year as part of the Poetry Friday Power Book series with Janet Wong. Our first in this series, You Just Wait, came out last year and has earned an "NCTE Notable Poetry Book" distinction. So excited about that! Our second book in the series officially launches on Monday, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. That book is entitled, Here We Go and is a story in poems about four young friends who are coping with challenges at home and at school and muster their energies to become gardening activists! Plus, the book includes activities for young people to inspire creativity, critical thinking, and poetry writing. 

Meanwhile, head over to Keri Recommends, to see what else is going on this Poetry Friday!


Irene Latham said...

Thank you, Sylvia- I always look forward to this list! Congratulations to you and Janet on the forthcoming Pomelo titles... how wonderful! My book with Charles Waters has a new title: CAN I TOUCH YOUR HAIR? Poems of Race, Mistakes and Friendship. Also, I don't see Amy LV's book listed -- READ! READ! READ! coming from WordSong in the fall! Yay for poetry! xo

Kip Wilson said...

Fantastic list! Looking forward to so many of these. Shari Green's second middle grade novel in verse (Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess) is coming out this May as well:

Amy LV said...

What a list! Thank you! I just started reading my beautiful arc of STONE MIRRORS by Jeannine Atkins last night. Congratulations, too, on your new book. I look forward to reading it. Happy Poetry Friday! xx

Sylvia Vardell said...

Thanks so much for stopping by and especially for the updates and additions which I am adding RIGHT NOW! Yay for a new year of poetry!

Linda B said...

I guess I will need to start saving money! What a wonderful list to start with! Congratulations on your new book, too. I have Stone Mirrors, a lovely beginning to 2017. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I'm in my library office between 7th grade teaching WWI readers theater classes ...driving my poor library partner crazy with all the books I just listed off. Wonderful titles, wonderful poets. Can't wait to get my hands on these. Thanks so much for the list. This is a keeper!

BJ Lee said...

How exciting to see this epic list of poetry titles! Thanks for compiling, Sylvia!

Mariana said...

Fantastic books and authors! This year I'll publish my first book of juvenile poetry in Spanish. I'm pretty excited. The book will be out in April. I hope you can include a link here. Thank you! Mariana Llanos,

Unknown said...

What an exciting list! My book Martí's Song for Freedom (Lee & Low Books) about Cuban poet and national hero José Martí will be out in May, and features his poetry prominently.

Sylvia Vardell said...

Hi, y'all! Thanks so much for more comments and tips! I've added the updated info to the list and will keep revising all year long.

Mariana, please let me know the title and publisher for your new 2017 book of poetry in Spanish and I'll add that one too!

Kay said...

What a lot of great books! I just read about Here We GO, and can't wait to read it later.

Charles Waters said...

Thank you, Sylvia, for highlighting the upcoming 2017 books. So happy to be a part of #25. Can't wait to read all of these books! Also, congrats on your two upcoming books with Janet! VARDELL and WONG POWER!

Michele Krueger said...

What a cornucopia of poesy! Can't wait to read them all! Congrats on your new books, Sylvia and Janet! P.S. Poetry Camp was a 2016 highlight!

Michele Krueger said...

Congrats on Read, Read, Read!

Michele Krueger said...

Congrats on your new book!

Matt Forrest Esenwine said...

Congratulations on the new book, Sylvia! You & Janet have been amazingly busy! And thank you for including 'Flashlight Night' - I'm so thrilled to see my name alongside so many of my fellow writer friends.

Jane @ said...

Congratulations, and thank you for sharing this list, we all have so much to look forward to this year, on the book front at least!!

Liz Steinglass said...

Congratulations on your book! I can't wait to read it. I can't wait to read everything on this list! Thanks for sharing it and for sharing your incomparable enthusiasm for children's poetry.

Brenda at FriendlyFairyTales said...

Great list! I am excited to read these new books. The new Pomelo books sound like they will help the world become a better place, and not just for poets.

Mary Lee said...

Holy Love of Poetry, Batman! What a list!! What a year of reading poetry we'll have!

Thanks, as always for your amazing resources and for your thoughtful insightful important generous work with Janet.

Carol said...

Thanks so much for all of these terrific titles! It looks like the next CYBILS Poetry Judges are going to have their work cut out for them! I can't wait to start reading.

Allison Jackson said...

Huh! Who knew there was actually something good coming up in 2017?! This looks like an amazing list. Thanks for putting it together and sharing it with all of us!

Mariana said...

Sylvia, in reply to your question, my poetry book is called "Poesia Alada" a book of poetry and art, and will be published by Purple Corn Press, which is my own imprint. Thank you.

Shari Green said...

Thank you for this great list! Ellie Terry's debut verse novel, FORGET ME NOT, comes out in March from Fiewel & Friends.

Keri said...

So much to celebrate in 2017!! Congrats to all of our wonderful Poetry Friday authors!

Buffy Silverman said...

Thanks for the wonderful list--so many titles to look forward to! And congratulations to you and Janet on your new book--looking forward to reading it.

Robyn Hood Black said...

Like Linda, I feel a need to start stashing some cash for this amazing stack!
Cheers to all the authors/poets, and as always, a hearty Thank You to you, Sylvia - What would we do without you?

Carole Weatherford said...

Thanks, Sylvia, for keeping poetry front and center. Here's an add, especially for the librarian in you.
Weatherford, Carole. Ill. by Eric Velazquez. Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library. Candlewick Press.

Carole Weatherford said...

And these picture books with poems as text (that reviewers call lyrical prose):
In Your Hands. 2017. Athenuem. Illustrated by Brian Pinkney.
The Legendary Miss Lena Horne. 2017. Atheneum. Illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon.
Dorothea Lange: The Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression. 2017. Albert Whitman. Illustrated by Jane Green.

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Mrs. Wyman said...

As a teacher, this post gave me the feeling of coming down on Christmas morning and seeing all sorts of presents wrapped under the tree! So much to look forward to sharing with my Kindergarten poets this year. Thank you!

Penny Parker Klostermann said...

Thanks so much for compiling this list. I'm looking forward to reading all of these! And congratulations on your upcoming books!

Elaine Magliaro said...


Thanks for always informing us about all the new poetry books that we can look forward to every year.

Congratulations to you and Janet on your new book! I can't wait to get myself a copy.

Regarding "Things to Do": It was illustrated by Catia Chien...and her artwork for the book is stunning!

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

Always one of my favorite posts of the year, Sylvia! I love poring over what's coming our way. Thanks :D

Sylvia Vardell said...

Awesome, awesome! Thank you all for your enthusiastic support and for the tips, additions, and comments. I've updated the list (and will keep doing so all year long). I look forward to finding and reading all these wonderful poetry books! Congrats to all you, poets! Keep 'em coming!

Taryn Yates said...

Impressive list! I enjoy your posts. I have a question I hope you'll be able to help me with. I've written around forty poems from a child's perspective but have no idea what to do with them. As far as I know no one represents poetry in order to find an agent. I feel like it's a catch 22. No one represents poetry but a person can't get published without one. Any ideas of what to do with these poems?

Sylvia Vardell said...

Taryn, glad to hear you're writing and looking to submit. I think agents ARE accepting poets, but I don't know who or how or when. I would recommend submitting poems to magazines known to publish poetry for children to build a track record for your work. That can get your name and your work out there and build your poetry portfolio. And get involved in SCBWI, if you aren't already. There are great opportunities to meet with fellow writers and even editors and publishers there. Hope that helps a bit!