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. 

Ak'abal, Humberto. 2021. Aquí era el paraíso/ Here Was Paradise. Ill. by Amelia Lau Carling. Toronto: Groundwood Books. 

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

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

Bruchac, Joseph. 2021. Rez Dogs. New York: Dial.

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. 

Cane, Tina. 2021. The Road to Alma. New York: Random House/Make Me a World.

Caprara, Rebecca. 2021. Worst Case Collin. Charlesbridge.

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

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

Chin-Tanner, Wendy and Chin-Taylor, Tyler (Eds.). 2021. Embodied: An intersectional Feminist Comics Poetry Anthology. A Wave Blue World Inc.

Coelho, Joseph. 2021. The Girl Who Became a Tree: A Story Told in Poems. Ill. by Kate Milner. Otter-Barry.

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.

de Botton, Alain. Ed. 2021. An Emotional Menagerie: Feelings from A to Z. The School of Life.

Doyon, Samara Cole. 2021. Magic Like That. Ill. by Geneva Bowers. New York: Lee & Low. 

Drimmer, Stephanie Warren. 2021. Beneath the Waves: Celebrating the Ocean. Washington DC: National Geographic. 

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.

Esiri, Allie. Ed. 2021. A Poet for Every Day of the Year. London: Macmillan/NY: Penguin.

Everman, Cookie Hiponia. 2021. We Belong. New York: Penguin/Dial.

Farkas, J.M. 2021. The Little Mermaid. Ill. by Gina Triplett. Petaluma, CA: Cameron Books.

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

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

Fennell, Saraciea, ed. 2021. Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora. New York: Macmillan/Flatiron.

Ferrada, Maria José. Niños: Poems for the Lost Children of Chile. Ill. by María Elena Valdez. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.

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

Flett, Julie. 2021. We All Play / kimêtawânaw.  Vancouver: Greystone Kids. 

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

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

Frost, Robert. (Reissue) 2021. Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening. Ill. by Vivian Minker. Sanger, CA: Familius. 

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.

Girard, Rogé. Ed. 2020. Carry on: Poetry by Young Immigrants. Owlkids.

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.

Grehan, Meg. 2021. The Deepest Breath. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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.

Harrold, A. F. 2021. The Book of Not Entirely Useful Advice Ill. by Mini Grey. New York: Bloomsbury.

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

Herriot, Lindsay; and Fry, Kate, eds. 2021. Growing Up Trans: In Our Own Words. Victoria, British Columbia: Orca. 

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

Judge, Lita. 2021. The Wisdom of Trees: How Trees Work Together to Form a Natural Kingdom. New York: Macmillan/Roaring Brook.

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

Kirkwood, Kathlyn J. 2021. Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round. New York: HMH/Versify.

Krasner, Barbara. 2021. 37 Days at Sea: Aboard the M.S. St. Louis, 1939. Kar-Ben.

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. 

Long, Fran. Ed. 2021. The Bee is Not Afraid of Me: A Book of Insect Poems. London: The Emma Press.

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.

Mills, Claudia. 2021. The Lost Language. New York: Holiday House/Ferguson. 

Milne, A.A. (reissued) 2021. When We Were Very Young. Ill. by Rosemary Wells. New York: Norton.

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

Mora, Pat. 2021. My Magic Wand. Ill. by Amber Alvarez. New York: Lee & Low. 

Moses, Brian. Ed. 2021. The Best Ever Book of Funny Poems. London: Macmillan.

Mucha, Laura. 2021. Dear Ugly Sisters: And Other Poems. Ill. by Tanya Rex. Otter-Barry.

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, Carol Lynn. 2021. Day-Old Child. Ill. by Corey Egbert. Gibbs Smith.

Pearson, Debora. 2021. My Words Flew Away Like Birds. Ill. by Shrija Jain. Toronto, Ontario: Kids Can Press.

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. 

Pitman, Gayle E. 2021. Evelyn Hooker and the Fairy Project. 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.

Roeder, Annette; Baverstock, Alison; and Cunningham, Matt, eds. 2021. At the Height of the Moon: A Book of Bedtime Poetry and Art. New York: Prestel Junior.

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

Saldaña, René, Jr. Ed. 2021. I Sing: The Body: Poems about Body Image. McAllen, TX: Juvented 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. Christmas, Here I Come! Ill. by Laurie Stansfield. New York: Penguin/Grosset & Dunlap.

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.

Teckentrup, Britta. 2021. Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright. London: Candlewick/Nosy Crow.

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.

Velasquez, Elisabet. 2021. When We Make It. New York: Dial.

Venkatraman, Padma. 2021 Born Behind Bars. New York: Penguin.

Wade, Cleo. 2021. What the Road Said. Ill. by Lucie de Moyencourt. New York: Fewer & Friends.

Walker, Alice. 2021. Sweet People Are Everywhere. Ill. by Quim Torres. Try Publishing.

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

Waters, Fiona. Ed. 2021. Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright! Ill. by Britta Techentrup. Nosy Crow.

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! 


mbhmaine said...

Whoa! It's lovely to celebrate something and there's so much to be excited about here. Thanks for sharing this incredible list of upcoming books and for hosting this week.

Robyn Hood Black said...

THANK YOU, Sylvia, for your always-amazing list, and all the hours that go into it! We all need these wonderful titles to look forward to. Appreciations for hosting this week! :0)

Catherine Flynn said...

Wow! What an impressive list of poetry collections to look forward to! Thank you for compiling this list, Sylvia, and for rounding us up today!

KatApel - said...

Oh my! What a collection. (And tantalising post!) Thank-you for sharing. Love how much variety there is!

Michelle Kogan said...

Thanks for sharing this wonderful collection of poetry books, and for all the time spent gathering them in one spot–and also for hosting the Roundup!

Kay said...

So many good books, so little time! This post is one to come back to again and again through the year. Thank you for compiling and sharing these treasures and for hosting Poetry Friday today. I'm glad to be back.

Kimberly Hutmacher said...

Thank you for hosting and for sharing this list. Now I get to make my library list :)

Sally Murphy said...

Wow. I just posted about drowning in poetry, so it's a joy to see even more books to swim through in 2021. Thanks for compiling it, and for hosting.

Matt Forrest Esenwine said...

Thanks for hosting, Sylvia! I always look forward to your annual list to kick off the year...some great titles here!

Linda B said...

Thanks for this wonderful list, Sylvia. What a pleasure to have these special books coming to us this year! I just picked up Nikki Grimes' Legacy, am really looking forward to it. Thank you for hosting!

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks for hosting and sharing this amazing list, Sylvia. I will definitely be referencing this list when I shop. :)
Not sure if this fits your list's criteria, but I am curating an independently published poetry anthology (similar to Carol-Ann Hoyte or Michelle Heidenrich Barnes' work) due to be published in October 2021.
Here's a link to my call for submissions:

Yvona Fast said...

Thank you, Sylvia, for this amazing list! My poetry collection, Loon Summer, illustrated with photos by Nina Schoch, will be coming out with Atmosphere Press this summer. It is patterned on Jane Yolen's books The Alligator's Smile and An Egret's Day - blending poems, photos, and factual sidebars on each page.

laurasalas said...

Wow-thank you, Sylvia! So good to have a master list--need to add all of these to my tbr shelf. A couple of these covers drew me in so fast my eyeballs spun, and I'm sure the poetry inside will be just as wonderful. Happy New Year!

Linda Mitchell said...

I've always loved your lists and recs for poetry. I hope to meet you someday and find out that you are a real, live person. In my mind you are some kind of poetry super-hero that rescues those of us in distress with poems, books, anthologies and whatever poetry can heal---which is a lot! Happy New Year, Sylvia. Thanks for your work and your passion to make sure poetry is in our hands and those of our students at all times.

author amok said...

I look forward to this list every year, Sylvia! Thank you for hosting and for sharing all of these book to look forward to.

Given this week's terrible events, I've been thinking about Shelley's poem, "Ozymandias." The "wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command" remind me of how empty power is when it' wielded for its own sake.

Heidi Mordhorst said...

Thanks for hosting, Sylvia, and yet more for gathering this preview together. Just seeing the covers has got my mouth watering for new read-alouds! Happy New Year to you and yours.

Irene Latham said...

Look at all those beautiful books! Thank you for again sharing one of my most favorite posts of the year, Sylvia....oh the anticipation. Thank you! xo

jan godown annino said...

Hello Sylvia ~ Such lovelies, waiting to enlighten, entertain & energize us all year long. I'm chuffed to see so many creators I know as pals.
Sending you appreciations!


Mary Walsh said...

Good morning, Sylvia and thank you for this incredible list of poetry books coming out in 2021! I'd love to add my MG novel in verse, HIGH, forthcoming with Fitzroy Books (Regal House Publishing). /Users/Marywalsh 1/Desktop/frontcover_high.jpg
Onward into 2021!
With gratitude and best wishes, Mary Sullivan

Carol Coven Grannick said...

Hi, Sylvia—this is just such a delicious list! Like a buffet, but better! Thank you so much for this—and for your support for my debut last September via my guest post! Always a fan—Carol

Mary Walsh said...

To follow up my last comment:
Sullivan, Mary, 2021. HIGH. Raleigh, NC: Fizroy Books
Thank you!!

Carol Labuzzetta said...

Sylvia, Thank you so much for the list of new poetry books for children! I am trying to carve some time to work on a poetry publication myself this year (probably for 2022). I am excited to look for these titles as they come out. I won a copy of Hop To It from Jone Rush MacColough this year. I love it! Thank you for that publication as well. Lastly, thank you for hosting the roundup and listing who is hosting the round-ups in the subsequent weeks. Carol at The Apples in My Orchard blog.

Marilyn Garcia said...

I want to read Every. Single. One. of these titles right NOW! So many wonderful things to look forward to in 2021.

Lisa Sukenic said...

Dear Sylvia,

Thank you for the wonderful list! I'd appreciate if you can add my historical novel in verse, Miles from Motown (Fitzroy Books), debuting August 21st, 2021.

Thank you,

Lisa Sukenic

Carmela Martino said...

Thanks for this marvelous list, Sylvia! I look forward to tasting some of these scrumptious morsels. Meanwhile, I've gone back to your Sneak Peek List for 2020 to create a to-be-read list I can tackle while I wait.

Linda said...

I'm looking forward to these! Your yearly list is always so helpful!

Susan Bruck said...

Oh, my! So much to look forward to, which I can definitely use. Thanks for sharing this list and for hosting this week. I'm looking forward to following your list as the year goes on.

Julie said...

What an exciting bunch of books, Sylvia! Time for me to make a long list & get reading. Quick Note: I have a book of poems coming out in April from Beach Lane, titled Delicious: Poems Celebrating Street Food Around the World. Illustrated by the wonderful Julie Paschkis.

Dave Roller said...

Thanks for sharing such a useful resource. This is my first time participating.

Sylvia Vardell said...

Hey, friends, thank you all for joining the Poetry Friday fun-- we need it this week especially! I wish I could respond to each of your comments individually. I appreciate all the kind words and support AND the new titles to add-- which I am doing right away. I'll keep updating my list all year long and will add a direct link to it in the sidebar of my blog for easy reference. So, please keep me posted of any additional titles you hear about. I can't wait to read them ALL! Much love to you all for the new year-- with hope for political renewal, vaccines for all, and plenty of poetry!

Rajani LaRocca said...

Wow, what a beautiful list! I'd like to add my forthcoming MG novel in verse, RED, WHITE, AND WHOLE, coming from Quill Tree Books/HarperCollins on Feb 2, 2021!

Mary Lee said...

Gratitude for ALL you do for poetry/children's poetry, Sylvia! Happy new year! Thanks for hosting.

Michele Krueger said...

! Thanks for lassoing the list! Love it!

Michele Krueger said...

Thanks for lassoing the list! You word wrangler!

Eric Ode said...

Exciting list! So happy to see "Stop That Poem!" on the menu. Thank you so much, Sylvia, for all you do.

BJ Lee said...

Wow! Thanks for this list - great to see the poetry that will be pubbed this year!

Victoria Leen said...

As a poet and artist just beginning our journey, Austin & I want to thank you for creating such an inclusive website. Sylvia, we appreciate all of the hard work you are doing! I warmly welcome you to check out our website,, to check out our blog and to learn more about our poetry book!

We are so proud of it, this is the first book either of us has ever created!

Victoria, Illustrator of Critters Who Care