Monday, March 08, 2021

Girlpower Poetry 2021 for National Women's History Month

Let's celebrate girls and women for International Women's Day and National Women's History Month-- with POETRY!

As I continue to update my 2021 "sneak peek" list of poetry for young people published this year, I am struck by how many poetry collections and novels in verse feature strong, active girls and women striving to make their voices heard, taking active roles in action-packed stories, and making a difference in the world. In fact, there are three poetry anthologies with this very focus: 

Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes 

Pirate Queens: Dauntless Women Who Dared to Rule the High Seas by Lewis, Leigh 

You Do Not Have to Be Everything: Poems for Girls Becoming collected by Diana Whitney

And more than 30 books of poetry and novels in verse are out THIS YEAR featuring strong girls and women-- all kinds, all colors, so many great stories, such powerful imagery. Check them out!

Women’s History Month Poetry

  1. Browne, Mahogany L. 2021. Chlorine Sky. New York: Crown. 
  2. Cane, Tina. 2021. The Road to Alma. New York: Random House/Make Me a World.
  3. Charles, Tami. 2021. Muted. New York: Scholastic.
  4. Elhillo, Safia. 2021. Home is Not a Country. New York: PRH/Make Me a World.
  5. Elliott, David. 2021. The Seventh Raven. Boston: HMH.
  6. Engle, Margarita. 2021. Your Heart, My Sky. New York: Atheneum.
  7. Faruqi, Reem. 2021. Unsettled. New York: HarperCollins.
  8. Fipps. Lisa. 2021. The Starfish. New York: Penguin/Paulsen.
  9. Freeman, Megan E. 2021. Alone. New York: Simon & Schuster/Aladdin. 
  10. Grimes, Nikki. 2021. Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance. Ill. by Ekua Holmes. New York: Bloomsbury. 
  11. Guidroz, Rukhsanna. 2021. Samira Surfs. Ill. by Fahmida Azim. Kokila.
  12. Hagan, Ellen. 2021. Reckless, Glorious, Girl. New York: Bloomsbury.
  13. Kirkwood, Kathlyn J. 2021. Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round. New York: HMH/Versify.
  14. LaRocca, Rajani. 2021. Red, White, and Whole. New York: Quill Tree Books/HarperCollins.
  15. Latham, Irene. 2021. D-39: A Robodog’s Journey. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge.
  16. Lewis, Leigh. 2021. Pirate Queens: Dauntless Women Who Dared to Rule the High Seas. Washington DC: National Geographic Kids. 
  17. Lucido, Aimee. 2021. Recipe for Disaster. Boston: HMH/Versify.
  18. Mann, J. Albert. 2021. Fix. New York: Little, Brown.
  19. McBride, Amber. 2021. Me (Moth). New York: Feiwel & Friends. 
  20. McCullough, Joy. 2021. We Are the Ashes, We Are the Fire. New York: Penguin/Dutton.
  21. Mills, Claudia. 2021. The Lost Language. New York: Holiday House/Ferguson. 
  22. Nelson, Marilyn and Lawson, Tammi. 2021. Augusta Savage: The Shape of a Sculptor's Life. New York: Henry Holt.
  23. Pearson, Debora. 2021. My Words Flew Away Like Birds. Ill. by Shrija Jain. Toronto, Ontario: Kids Can Press.
  24. Robinson, Monica Clark. 2021. Standing on Her Shoulders. Ill. by Laura Freeman. New York: Orchard Books.
  25. Shepard, Ray Anthony. 2021. Runaway: The Daring Escape of Ona Judge. Ill. by Keith Mallett. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
  26. Smith, Colby Cedar. 2021. Call Me Athena: Girl from Detroit. Kansas City, MO: Andrews McMeel.
  27. Sukenic, Lisa. 2021. Miles from Motown. Fitzroy Books.
  28. Sullivan, Mary. 2021. High. Fitzroy Books/Regal House Publishing.
  29. Varela, Alessandra Narváez. 2021. Thirty Talks Weird Love. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos Press.
  30. Weatherford, Carole Boston. 2021. Dreams for a Daughter. Ill. by Brian Pinkney. New York: Atheneum.
  31. Weatherford, Carole Boston. 2021. Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi Calls the House to Order. Ill. by Chris Hsu. New York: Little Bee Books.
  32. Whitney, Diana. Ed. 2021. You Do Not Have to Be Everything: Poems for Girls Becoming Women. New York: Workman. 
  33. Williams, Kate Munday. 2021. Poet Pilgrim Rebel. Ill. by Tania Rex. Beaming Books.

Now when Friday rolls around let's see what the rest of our Poetry Friday friends are up to over at Heidi's place, A Juicy Little Universe. See you there! 


Linda Mitchell said...

I love this list! Thank you so much. My TBR pile just got bigger by feet!

laurasalas said...

Wow, you're the go-to source, as usual, Sylvia. Love this round-up!

Heidi said...

Oh my goodness, Sylvia--goodness being the operative word! I am very excited to start receiving some of these titles to read for the NCTE Notables, but at first glance I'm most excited by your fantastic Girl Power logo! Did you design that? May I borrow it? It's giving me an idea for April...Thanks for being the ultimate rounder-upper!

Kay said...

Thank you for another post that is filled with such wonderful resources!

Sylvia Vardell said...

Thanks for all your kind words, friends. Yes, Heidi, I designed that "logo" and you are more than welcome to use it. Glad to be helpful in any way!

ColbyCedar said...

What a wonderful list! Thank you for featuring Call Me Athena!