Friday, February 26, 2021

"Poetry for Everyone" Panel + "Dear Poet" Project for Kids

"Poetry for Everyone" Panel

Earlier this month I was honored to be part of a panel sponsored by the Irving (TX) Public Library as part of their Big Read celebration. This "Poetry for Everyone" panel included an amazing line up: Naomi Shihab Nye, Padma Venkatraman, Joaquin Zihuatenejo, Karla K. Morton and was moderated by Samantha Mabry. It was recorded and is now available for the public. It's a fun mix of personal sharing, poem readings, and advice for writers. Check it out!


"Dear Poet" Project
The Academy of American Poets sponsors a "Dear Poet" writing contest for children and young adults in grades 5 through 12 in celebration of upcoming National Poetry Month. Here are the details:


"Teachers and librarians, every National Poetry Month we present Dear Poet, a multimedia education project that invites young people in grades five through twelve to write letters in response to poems written and read by award-winning poets, including poets who serve on the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors and who have received our Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowships.

Students are encouraged to watch the 21 newly-released Dear Poet videos, write letters in response to the poems, and send their letters to dearpoet@poets.org by April 30. Selected letters will be published on Poets.org, one of the most visited sites for poetry on the web, and shared on social media during the twenty-fifth anniversary of National Poetry Month this April.

“As we’ve seen from the response to Amanda Gorman’s recitation at the Presidential Inauguration, poets are important figures in contemporary culture. The Dear Poet project provides students with an opportunity to learn about some of the leading poets writing today, to read their work and respond to their work through letter writing. Selected students will even receive a personal response from their poet! As many students continue their studies at home for the next few months, we encourage them to be a part of this great project,” said Dr. Madeleine Fuchs Holzer, the Academy of American Poets Educator in Residence.

For additional resources to assist with the project, visit the Dear Poet lesson plan, read an essay about Dear Poet, and check out one high school’s past participationin the project. For some examples of student letters, visit last year’s Dear Poet page."


Now, head on over to Karen Edmisten's blog where she is hosting all our Poetry Friday posts this week here.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Black Poetry 2021


In celebration of Black History Month, I'd like to lift up new poetry books for young readers due to be or already published in 2021 and written by Black poets including Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman. Covers were not yet available for all these titles, but I can't wait to get my hands on all these books. Some of these titles were projected for 2021, but may be pushed back to next year. Stay tuned! Meanwhile, it's exciting to see nearly 20 titles by Black poets in this year's crop-- novels in verse, anthologies, poem biographies, and poem picture books. And it's exciting to see established names like John Agard, Zetta Elliott, Nikki Grimes and Marilyn Nelson alongside newer names like Safia Elhillo and Amber McBride. Kudos to Carole Boston Weatherford who has multiple books in verse coming in 2021-- as she often does. Works by Black poets continue to represent a substantial portion of new poetry books published for young readers every year-- and often get recognized for their outstanding quality with Coretta Scott King Awards and Honors. I'm predicting now that one or more of the books listed below will be on that CSK list next January! Add them to your list to buy, read, and share now.

1. Agard, John. 2021. Coyote’s Soundbite: A Poem for the Planet. Ill. by Piet Grobler. Oxford: Lantana. 
2. Barnes, Derrick. 2021. [Bio of Muhammad Ali] Ill. by Gordon James. Boston: HMH/Versify.
3. Browne, Mahogany L. 2021. Chlorine Sky. New York: Crown. 
4. Charles, Tami. 2021. Muted. New York: Scholastic.
5. Elhillo, Safia. 2021. Home is Not a Country. New York: PRH/Make Me a World.
6. Elliott, Zetta and Miller-Lachmann, Lyn. 2021. Moonwalking. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 
7. Giovanni, Nikki. 2021. A Library. Ill. by Erin Robinson. Boston: HMH/Versify.
8. Gorman, Amanda. 2021. Change Sings: A Children's Anthem. Ill. by Loren Long. New York: Penguin Random House.
9. Gorman, Amanda. 2021. The Hill We Climb. Ill. by Loren Long. New York: Penguin Random House.
10. Grimes, Nikki. 2021. Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance. Ill. by Ekua Holmes and 17 other artists. New York: Bloomsbury. 
11. McBride, Amber. 2021. Me (Moth). New York: Feiwel & Friends. 
12. Nelson, Marilyn and Lawson, Tammi. 2021. Augusta Savage: The Shape of a Sculptor's Life. New York: Macmillan/Ottaviano.
13. Shepard, Ray Anthony. 2021. Runaway: The Daring Escape of Ona Judge. Ill. by Keith Mallett. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
14. Tallie, Mariahadessa Ekere. 2021. Karma's Footsteps. Flipped Eye Publishing.
15. Weatherford, Carole Boston. 2021. Dreams for a Daughter. Ill. by Brian Pinkney. New York: Atheneum.
16. Weatherford, Carole Boston. 2021. Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi. Ill. by Chris Hsu. New York: Little Bee Books.
17. Weatherford, Carole Boston. 2021. The Faith of Elijah Cummings: Champion of Truth, Justice & Equality. Ill. by Laura Freeman. New York: Random House Studio.
18. Weatherford, Carole Boston. 2021. Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre. Ill. By Floyd Cooper. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner/Carolrhoda. 

Please let me know of any other new titles for young readers by Black poets that I should add to this list. Thanks! Now head on over to There Is No Such Thing as a God-Forsaken Town (LOVE that blog name!) where Ruth is gathering all the Poetry Friday posts that you won't want to miss! 

Friday, February 12, 2021

Celebrate Lunar New Year with Asian Pacific American Poetry


Happy Lunar New Year! 
Let's celebrate by seeking out poetry for young people by Asian and Asian Pacific American writers! Here's a beginning list; please let me know of any great titles I may have missed. 

Asian Pacific American Poetry for Young People
Asian and Asian American poetry for young people is not just haiku (and haiku is wonderful to share with young people), but there are many lovely, ancient and contemporary works to share with children. Here is a sampling of poetry for young people by Asian and Asian Pacific American poets.
  • Chang, Victoria. 2020. Love, Love. New York: Sterling. 
  • Chau, Alina. 2021. In the Spirit of a Dream. New York: Orchard.
  • Ho, Minfong. 1996. Maples in the Mist: Poems for Children from the Tang Dynasty. New York: Lothrop, Lee, & Shepard.
  • Issa, Kobayashi. 2007. Today and Today. New York: Scholastic.
  • Izuki, Steven. 1994. Believers in America: Poems about Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander Descent. Chicago, IL: Children’s Press.
  • Jiang, Emily. 2014. Summoning the Phoenix: Poems and Prose About Chinese Musical Instruments. Ill. by April Chu. New York: Shen's Books/Lee & Low.
  • Lai, Thanhha. 2011. Inside Out and Back Again. New York: HarperCollins.
  • Lin, Grace and McKneally, Ranida T. 2007. Our Seasons. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge.
  • Lin, Grace and McKneally, Ranida T. 2016. Our Food: A Healthy Serving of Science and Poems. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge.
  • Mak, Kam. 2001. My Chinatown: One Year in Poems. New York: HarperCollins.
  • Nagai, Mariko. 2014. Dust of Eden. Chicago: Whitman. 
  • Nagai, Mariko. 2019. Under the Broken Sky. New York: Macmillan. 
  • Park, Linda Sue. 2007. Tap Dancing on the Roof: Sijo Poems. New York : Clarion.
  • Park, Linda Sue. 2021. The One Thing You’d Save. Ill. by Robert Sae-Heng. Boston: HMH/Clarion.
  • Russell, Ching Yeung. 2019. House Without Walls. Yellow Jacket.
  • Sze, Gillian. 2021. My Love for You is Always. Ill. by Michelle Lee. New York: Philomel.
  • Sze, Gillian. 2021. The Night is Deep and Wide. Ill. by Sue Todd. Custer, WA: Orca.
  • Wong, Janet S. 1994. Good Luck Gold and Other Poems. New York: McElderry.
  • Wong, Janet S. 1996/2008. A Suitcase of Seaweed, and Other Poems. New York: McElderry.
  • Wong, Janet S. 1999. Behind the Wheel: Poems about Driving. New York: McElderry.
  • Wong, Janet S. 1999. The Rainbow Hand: Poems about Mothers and Children. New York: McElderry.
  • Wong, Janet S. 2000. Night Garden: Poems from the World of Dreams. New York: McElderry.
  • Wong, Janet S. 2003. Knock on Wood: Poems about Superstitions. New York: McElderry.
  • Wong, Janet S. 2003. Minn and Jake. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
  • Wong, Janet S. 2007. Twist: Yoga Poems. New York: McElderry.
  • Wong, Janet. 2008. Minn and Jake’s Almost Terrible Summer. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 
  • Wong, Janet. 2011. Once Upon A Tiger; New Beginnings for Endangered Animals. OnceUponaTiger.com.
  • Wong, Janet. 2012. Declaration of Interdependence: Poems for an Election Year. PoetrySuitcase.
  • Wong, Janet. 2019. A Suitcase of Seaweed and MORE. Princeton, NJ: Pomelo Books.
  • Wong, Joyce Lee. 2006. Seeing Emily. New York: Abrams.
  • Yep, Laurence, ed. 1993. American Dragons: Twenty-five Asian American Voices. New York: HarperCollins.
  • Yoon, JooHee. 2015. Beastly Verse. New York: Enchanted Lion Books.
  • Yu, Chin. 2005. Little Green; Growing Up During the Chinese Cultural Revolution. New York: Simon & Schuster.
PLUS: These poetry books feature Asian and Asian Pacific American characters and content, but the authors are not from these cultures themselves. 
  • Cheng, Andrea. 2005. Shanghai Messenger. New York: Lee & Low.
  • Demi, comp. 1994. In the Eyes of the Cat: Japanese Poetry for All Seasons. Translated by Tze-Si Huang. New York: Henry Holt.
  • Donwerth-Chikamatsu, Annie. 2016. Somewhere Among. Simon & Schuster.
  • Gollub, Matthew. 1998. Cool Melons Turn to Frogs: The Life and Poems of Issa. New York: Lee & Low Books.
  • Jacobson, David; Ito, Sally and Tsuboi, Michiko. 2016. Are You an Echo? The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko. Ill. by Toshikado Hajiri. Chin Music.
  • Ling, Nancy Tupper. 2015. Double Happiness. San Francisco: Chronicle.
  • Thompson, Holly. 2011. Orchards. New York: Random House.
  • Thompson, Holly. 2013. The Language Inside. New York: Delacorte.
  • Thompson, Holly. 2016. Falling into the Dragon's Mouth. New York: Holt.
Author and artist Grace Lin shares directions for making your own paper art of an ox for the Year of the Ox in her awesome newsletter here.

And finally, my favorite Asian Pacific American poet, Janet Wong, wrote a brand new poem, "Steady" to celebrate the new year of the ox and is allowing me to share it here. Enjoy!



Now, head on over to Nix the Comfort Zone where Molly is gathering all our Poetry Friday posts!

Friday, January 22, 2021

Meet Amanda Gorman

When Amanda Gorman was named the first ever Youth Poet Laureate of the United States in 2017, I was thrilled! It's always wonderful to see poetry lifted up, especially with awards, but when it's a YOUTH Poet Laureate, well, that makes me VERY happy! I immediately tried to find out if she had published any books (she hadn't at that time) and if she might be available to be part of presentations I was planning-- including the Poetry Round Up at the Texas Library Association conference. Sadly, that never happened and I'm pretty sure it won't be happening now! ;-) 

Meanwhile, I learned that "the National Youth Poet Laureate program celebrates our nation's top youth poets that are committed to artistic excellence, civic  engagement, and social justice." It's a program of Urban Word, "an award-winning youth literary arts and youth development organization" based in both New York and Los Angeles. The program is supported by the Academy of American Poets, Poetry Society of America, the Library of Congress, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Parks Service, Cave Canem, and many more. You can find more information here. The current National Poet Youth is 16 year-old Meera Dasgupta, from New York, chosen from among the Youth Poet Laureates from across the U.S. I was excited to see that my city, Dallas, has a Youth Poet Laureate program, so I need to check into that ASAP! 

On Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, all across the United States, people sat in rap attention as the first Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman, delivered her original poem, "The Hill We Climb" at the Inauguration of President Joe Biden. IT WAS INCREDIBLE! Not only was her original poem fresh, powerful and engaging, but she delivered it was such confidence and panache, with expressive hands, a beautiful, glowing face, wearing a bright yellow coat and the pop of a red hand band in her hair wrapped high on her head. At age 22, she took her moment and soared and we all soared with her! If you missed it or simply want to experience it again, here's a recording of her reading.


Wow, right? I just love that a young person had this magical moment, a young Black woman lifted us all up and challenged us to be brave enough to see the light and BE the light!

I spent much of the day looking for the TEXT of the poem and finally found it available-- in several forms. I'm still not sure exactly how she intends the poem to look (in terms of spacing), but this is one version: 

A picture book version of her now-famous poem illustrated by Loren Long was set to be published in September, but just yesterday Penguin Random House revised their website to indicate it would be published in April instead, possibly NOT as a picture book. We'll see. 

Meanwhile, she does have a picture book illustrated by Loren Long due out in September entitled Change Sings: A Children's Anthem that is a call to activism. 

You can read more about Amanda, her life, her struggle with a speech impediment, and her activist views here and here. In addition, TONS of lesson plans have popped up online with ways to share and teach Amanda's powerful poem. I recommend beginning by watching Amanda perform it (multiple times) and soaking it up, because there is nothing quite like hearing the poet read her own work out loud-- and when it becomes a historic moment too, well, that's the power of poetry! 

See you over at poet Laura Shovan's blog for our Poetry Friday collective!

Friday, January 15, 2021

2021 NCTE Poetry Award Winner Janet Wong

Congratulations to my good friend and publishing partner, Janet S. Wong, who is the 2021 recipient of the National Council of Teachers of English Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children, for her whole body of work for young readers. I think she is the perfect choice, but I am rather biased since I’ve known Janet for decades and have collaborated closely with her in publishing teaching anthologies of poetry since 2012 when we established Pomelo Books. You’ll find biographical info about Janet in many places: her parents were Chinese and Korean, she grew up in California, went to law school at Yale, and worked as a high-powered lawyer at Universal Studios. But then she left law and began writing for young readers creating beautiful collections of poetry, engaging picture books, and fascinating nonfiction. I first met Janet as a fan at a conference asking for an autograph on her first book. Flash forward and now she’s been on Oprah, a guest at the White House, and has served on numerous committees in several professional organizations. Plus, she’s a frequent speaker in schools, libraries, and at conferences. But in addition to all her accomplishments, she’s also a good friend to many people (including me!), a real advocate for literacy, and an innovator with an entrepreneurial spirit. She is so worthy of this important award for all her work, but also for how she lifts up other poets and writers too. She is a force-- pushing poetry out-out-out to as many readers as she can reach! 

Janet will be presented the award at the November convention of the National Council of Teachers of English-- hopefully in-person! 



The NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children

The National Council of Teachers of English established its Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children in 1977 to honor a living American poet for his or her lifetime achievement in works for children aged three to thirteen years. The award was given annually until 1982, at which time it was decided that the award would be given every three years. In 2008 the Poetry Committee updated the criteria and changed the time frame to every other year. The National Council of Teachers of English strives to recognize and foster excellence in children’s poetry by encouraging its publication and by exploring ways to acquaint teachers and children with poetry through such means as publications, programs, and displays. As one means of accomplishing this goal, NCTE established its Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children to honor a poet for his or her aggregate work. More than twenty leading poets have since been recognized. Each met the following criteria:


NCTE Poetry Award Criteria

Literary Merit (art and craft of aggregate work–as poet or anthologist)

Creating books of poetry that demonstrate imagination, authenticity of voice, evidence of a strong persona, and universality/timelessness are essential. In short, we are looking for a poet who creates poetry books that contain clean, spare lines; use language and form in fresh ways; surprise the reader by using syntax artistically; excite the reader’s imagination with keen perceptions and sharp images; touch the reader’s emotions: a maker of word events.


Poet’s or Anthologist’s Contributions

Aggregate work, evident potential for growth and evolution in terms of craft, and excellence are considered.


Evolution of the Poet’s or Anthologist’s Work

Technical and artistic development as evidenced in the poetry, evidence of risk, change, and artistic stamina, and evidence of different styles and modes of expression are considered.


Appeal to Children

Although the appeal to children of a poet’s or anthologist’s work is an important consideration, the art and craft must be the primary criteria for evaluation. Evidence of students’ excitement for the poetry and evidence of childlike quality should be present, yet the work’s potential for stirring fresh insights and feelings should be apparent.


Recipients of the NCTE Poetry Award

2021 Janet S.Wong

2019 Paul B. Janeczko

2017 Marilyn Nelson

2015 Marilyn Singer

2013 Joyce Sidman

2011 J. Patrick Lewis

2009 Lee Bennett Hopkins

2006 Nikki Grimes

2003 Mary Ann Hoberman

2000 X. J. Kennedy

1997 Eloise Greenfield

1994 Barbara Esbensen

1991 Valerie Worth

1988 Arnold Adoff

1985 Lilian Moore

1982 John Ciardi

1981 Eve Merriam

1980 Myra Cohn Livingston

1979 Karla Kuskin

1978 Aileen Fisher

1977 David McCord



Look for Another Jar of Tiny Stars: Poems by NCTE Award-winning Poets, edited by Bernice Cullinan and Deborah Wooten, an anthology of poems by NCTE Poetry Award recipients (up to the year of the book’s publication). It is an excellent resource, based on children’s votes for their favorite poems by each award winner. It is a very child-friendly collection of some of the best poetry by some of the best poets who have ever written poetry for children. Plus, it includes biographical information about, sketches of, and quotations from the award-winning poets.


And don’t miss the “NCTE Poets Spotlight Series” by author Renée LaTulippe which features in-depth look at each award-winning poet and their work. For example:


Now head on over to Reflections on the Teche where the lovely Margaret Simon is hosting Poetry Friday. See you there! 


Thursday, January 07, 2021

Sneak Peek List for 2021

It's time again for my "Sneak Peek" list-- a gathering of all the titles of poetry books, anthologies, and novels in verse that are due to be published in 2021-- as far as I know at this date. Please comment if you know of other new 2021 titles to add to the list. I'll be updating the list all year long to provide a bibliography of 2021 poetry for young people to help all those who like to keep their poetry collections current (ALL OF US, I hope!). One note: I don't include rhyming picture books, although I enjoy those very much and one could consider them poetic, if not poetry too. They usually get plenty of love elsewhere, so I try to focus exclusively on poetry books, anthologies, and novels in verse. So, let's get going... there's much to be excited about by some of our favorite poets as well as by many new voices, too!













Sneak Peek List of Poetry for Young People 2021


Abdurraqib, Franny Choi; Sullivan, Dan, and Kahn, Peter. Eds. 2021. Respecting the Mic. New York: Penguin. 

Agard, John. 2021. Coyote’s Soundbite: A Poem for the Planet. Ill. by Piet Grobler. Oxford: Lantana. 

Barnes, Derrick. 2021. [Bio of Muhammad Ali] Ill. by Gordon James. Boston: HMH/Versify.

Baron, Chris. 2021. The Magical Imperfect. New York: Feiwel & Friends.

Browne, Mahogany L. 2021. Chlorine Sky. New York: Crown. 

Bruchac, Joseph. 2021. Voices of the People. Reycraft.

Bulion, Leslie. 2021. Spi-ku: A Clutter of Short Verse on Eight Legs. Ill. by Robert Meganck. Atlanta: Peachtree. 

Charles, Tami. 2021. Muted. New York: Scholastic.

Chau, Alina. 2021. In the Spirit of a Dream. New York: Orchard.

Cotner, June and Ling, Nancy Tupper. Eds. 2021. For Every Little Things: Poems and Prayers to Celebrate the Day. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.

Dakos, Kalli. 2021. They Only See the Outside. Ill. by Jimothy Oliver. Washington DC: Magination Press.

Elhillo, Safia. 2021. Home is Not a Country. New York: PRH/Make Me a World.

Elliott, David. 2021. The Seventh Raven. Boston: HMH.

Elliott, Zetta and Miller-Lachmann, Lyn. Eds. 2021. Moonwalking. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 

Engle, Margarita. 2021. A Song of Frutas. Ill. by Sara Palacios. New York: Atheneum.

Engle, Margarita. 2021. Your Heart, My Sky. New York: Atheneum.

Faruqi, Reem. 2021. Unsettled. New York: HarperCollins.

Fast, Yvona. 2021. Loon Summer. Ill. by Nina Schoch. Atmosphere Press. 

Fipps. Lisa. 2021. The Starfish. New York: Penguin/Paulsen.

Freeman, Megan E. 2021. Alone. New York: Simon & Schuster/Aladdin. 

Fritz, Joanne Rossmassler. 2021. Everywhere Blue. New York: Holiday House.

George, Erica. 2021. Words Composed of Sea and Sky. Philadelphia, PA: Running Press. 

Ghigna, Charles. 2021. A Poem is a Firefly. Ill. by Michelle Hazelwood Hyde. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Kids.

Giovanni, Nikki. 2021. A Library. Ill. by Erin Robinson. Boston: HMH/Versify.

Giroux, Benjamin. 2021. I Am Odd, I Am New. Ill. by Roz MacLean. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing. 

Gorman, Amanda. 2021. Change Sings: A Children's Anthem. Ill. by Loren Long. New York: Penguin Random House.

Gorman, Amanda. 2021. The Hill We Climb. Ill. by Loren Long. New York: Penguin Random House.

Grimes, Nikki. 2021. Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance. Ill. by Ekua Holmes. New York: Bloomsbury. 

Guidroz, Rukhsanna. 2021. Samira Surfs. Ill. by Fahmida Azim. Kokila.

Hagan, Ellen. 2021. Reckless, Glorious, Girl. New York: Bloomsbury.

Harrison, David L. 2021. The Dirt Book: Poems About Animals That Live Beneath Our Feet. Ill. by Kate Cosgrove. New York: Holiday House.

Heard, Georgia. 2021. My Thoughts Are Clouds. Ill. by Isabel Roxas. Roaring Brook Press. 

Hood, Susan. 2021. The Last Straw: Kids vs. Plastics. Ill. By Christiane Engel. New York: HarperCollins.

Karlins, Mark. 2021. Kyoshi’s Walk. Ill. by Nicole Wong. New York: Lee & Low.

Kunkel, Angela Burke. 2021. Penguin Journey. Ill. by Catherine Odell. New York: Abrams Appleseed.

Larios, Julie. 2021. Delicious: Poems Celebrating Street Food Around the World. Ill. by Julie Paschkis. New York: Beach Lane.

LaRocca, Rajani. 2021. Red, White, and Whole. New York: Quill Tree Books/HarperCollins.

Latham, Irene. 2021. Wild Peace. Ill. by Il Sung Na. New York: Roaring Brook.

Latham, Irene. 2021. D-39: A Robodog’s Journey. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge.

Levy, Debbie. 2021. Photo Ark ABC: An Alphabet Book in Poetry and Pictures. Ill. by Joel Sartore. Washington DC: National Geographic Kids.

Lewis, J. Patrick. 2021. I Am Elephant. Ill. by Miriam Nerlove. Mankato, MN: Creative Company.

Lewis, Leigh. 2021. Pirate Queens: Dauntless Women Who Dared to Rule the High Seas. Washington DC: National Geographic Kids. 

Luby, Brittany. 2021. This Is How I Know/ Mii maanda ezhi-gkendmaanh. Ill. by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley. Translated by Alvin Ted Corbiere and Alan Corbiere. Toronto: Groundwood. 

Lucido, Aimee. 2021. Recipe for Disaster. Boston: HMH/Versify.

Magee, Bridget. Ed. 2021. The 10-10 Poetry Anthology.

Mann, J. Albert. 2021. Fix. New York: Little, Brown.

McBride, Amber. 2021. Me (Moth). New York: Feiwel & Friends. 

McCullough, Joy. 2021. We Are the Ashes, We Are the Fire. New York: Penguin/Dutton.

Moore, Johnny Ray. 2021. Seasonal Adventures. Ill. by Cbabi Bayoc. New Rochelle, NY: Reycraft.

Mora, Pat. 2021. I Can! Ill. By Amber Alvarez. New York: Lee & Low.

Nelson, Marilyn and Lawson, Tammi. 2021. Augusta Savage: The Shape of a Sculptor's Life. New York: Macmillan/Ottaviano.

Ode, Eric. 2021. Stop That Poem. Ill. by Jieting Chen. La Jolla, CA: Kane Miller.

Pappa, Rodoula.  2021. Beautiful Day! Petite Poems for All Seasons. Petaluma, Ill. by Seng Soun Ratanavanh. CA: Cameron Kids. 

Park, Linda Sue. 2021. The One Thing You’d Save. Ill. by Robert Sae-Heng. Boston: HMH/Clarion.

Paul, Miranda. 2021. Beyond: Discoveries from the Outer Reaches of Space. Ill. by Sija Hong. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner/Millbrook.

Pearson, Tracey Campbell. 2021. Girls and Boys Come Out to Play. New York: Holiday House. 

Piercey, Rachel. 2021. If You Go Down to the Woods Today. Ill. by Freya Hartas. New York: Abrams. 

Pittman, Gayle E. 2021. The Fairy Project: Bio of Evelyn Hooker. Ill. by Sarah Green. Washington DC: Magination Press.

Prelutsky, Jack. 2021. Hard-Boiled Bugs for Breakfast: And Other Tasty Poems. Ill. by Ruth Chan. New York: Greenwillow.

Raczka, Bob. 2021. The Poet of Piney Woods. Ill. by Kristen Howdeshell. Cameron Kids.

Robinson, Monica Clark. 2021. Standing on Her Shoulders. Ill. by Laura Freeman. New York: Orchard Books.

Ruurs, Margriet. 2021. Come, Read with Me. Ill. by Christine Wei. Custer, WA: Orca Press.

Schlitz, Laura Amy. 2021. Amber and Clay. Ill. by Julia Iredale. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.

Shepard, Ray Anthony. 2021. Runaway: The Daring Escape of Ona Judge. Ill. by Keith Mallett. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Sidman, Joyce. 2021. Dear Treefrog. Ill. by Diana Sudyka. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Sidman, Joyce. 2021. Hello, Earth! Ill. by Miren Asiain Lora. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.

Smith, Colby Cedar. 2021. Call Me Athena: Girl from Detroit. Kansas City, MO: Andrews McMeel.

Sorell, Traci. 2021. We Are Still HereNative American Truths Everyone Should Know. Ill by Frané Lessac. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge. 

Steinberg, D. J. 2021. How to Be Kind in Kindergarten. Ill. by Ruth Hammond. New York: Penguin/Grosset & Dunlap.

Sukenic, Lisa. 2021. Miles from Motown. Fitzroy Books.

Sullivan, Mary. 2021. High. Fitzroy Books/Regal House Publishing.

Sze, Gillian. 2021. My Love for You is Always. Ill. by Michelle Lee. New York: Philomel.

Sze, Gillian. 2021. The Night is Deep and Wide. Ill. by Sue Todd. Custer, WA: Orca.

Tafolla, Carmen. 2021. Guerrera Warrior. New York: Penguin/Paulsen.

Tallie, Mariahadessa Ekere. 2021. Karma's Footsteps. Flipped Eye Publishing.

Tougas, Chris. 2021. Poem in My Pocket. Ill. by Josée Bisaillon. Toronto: Kids Can Press. 

Varela, Alessandra Narváez. 2021. Thirty Talks Weird Love. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos Press.

Wang, Andrea. 2021. Watercress. Ill. by Jason Chin. New York: Holiday House.

Weatherford, Carole Boston. 2021. Dreams for a Daughter. Ill. by Brian Pinkney. New York: Atheneum.

Weatherford, Carole Boston. 2021. Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi. Ill. by Chris Hsu. New York: Little Bee Books.

Weatherford, Carole Boston. 2021. The Faith of Elijah Cummings: Champion of Truth, Justice & Equality. Ill. by Laura Freeman. New York: Random House Studio.

Weatherford, Carole Boston. 2021. Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre. Ill. By Floyd Cooper. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner/Carolrhoda. 

Whitney, Diana. Ed. 2021. You Do Not Have to Be Everything: Poems for Girls Becoming Women. New York: Workman. 

Williams, Kate Munday. 2021. Poet Pilgrim Rebel. Ill. by Tania Rex. Beaming Books.

 

And for all my Poetry Friday peeps, please add your link to your post for today, so we can all check it out!