Thursday, January 06, 2022

Sneak Peek List of Poetry for Young People 2022

It's time again to look forward to all the new poetry for young people that will be published in the year ahead! Here's my "sneak peek" list that I have gathered thus far of poetry collections and anthologies, poem picture books, and novels in verse. If I am missing any new 2022 poetry books, please let me know. If I have mis-categorized a book, please let me know. I'll keep updating this list all year long, so it can serve as a useful resource for anyone looking for new poetry for young people. 



Sneak Peek List of Poetry for Young People Published in 2022

  1. Acevedo, Elizabeth. 2022. Inheritance. Ill. by Andrea Pippins. Harpercollins/ Quill Tree.
  2. Arango, Andrea Beatriz. 2022. Iveliz Explains It All. Random House.
  3. Ashman, Linda. 2022. I’m Number One! Persona Poems by Extraordinary Animals. Ill. by Aparna Varma. Kids Can Press. 
  4. Atkins, Jeannine. 2022. Hidden Powers: Lise Meitner’s Call to Science. Atheneum.
  5. Bauer, Marion Dane. 2022. We, the Curious Ones. Ill. by Hari Panischer & Deepti Nair. Candlewick.
  6. Beck, Sam. 2022. The Iron Gate. Wonderbound. 
  7. Becker, Lynn. 2022. Monsters in the Briny. Ill. by Scott Brundage. Sleeping Bear.
  8. Bowles, David. 2022. They Call Me Fregona. Kokila.
  9. Brown, Tameka Fryer. 2022. Shirley Chisholm: Not Done Yet. Ill. by Nina Crews. Lerner/ Millbrook. 
  10. Bryant, Jen. 2022. Fall Down Seven Times, Stand Up Eight: Patsy T. Mink and the Fight for Title IX. Ill. by Toshiki Nakamura.  
  11. Bulion, Leslie. 2022. Serengeti. Ill. by Becca Stadtlander. Peachtree. 
  12. Chapman, Ty. 2022. Sarah Rising. Ill. by DeAnn Wiley. Beaming Books. 
  13. Cho, Tina. 2022. The Tune Without Words. Ill. by Deborah Lee. HarperAlley. 
  14. Clare, Ann. 2022. Fly Away Home. Scholastic Press. 
  15. Comrie, Courtne. 2022. Rain Rising. HarperCollins.
  16. Crull, Kelly. 2022. Washed Ashore: Making Art from Ocean Plastic. Millbrook Press.
  17. Culley, Betty. 2022. The Name She Gave Me. HarperCollins. 
  18. Dawkins, Matthew. 2022. Until We Break. Wattpad. 
  19. Dickman, Linda Trott. 2022. Road Trip 2: On the Road Again
  20. Duncan, Alice Faye. 2022. Yellow Dog Blues. Ill. by Chris Raschka. Eerdmans. 
  21. Ehrenberg, Pamela & López, Tracy. 2022. Detour Ahead. PJ Publishing.
  22. Elliott, David. 2022. At the Pond. Ill. by Amy Schimler-Safford. Candlewick.
  23. Elliot, David. 2022. Red Big. Ill by Evan Turk. Disney-Hyperion. 
  24. Elliot, Zetta & Miller-Lachmann, Lyn. 2022. Moonwalking. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.
  25. Engle, Margarita. 2022. Rima’s Revolution. Ill by Carina Guevara. Atheneum.  
  26. Engle, Margarita. 2022. Singing with Elephants. Ill. by Oriol Vidal. Viking. 
  27. Ewing, Susan. 2022. Alaska Is for the Birds. Ill. by Evon Zerbetz. Alaska Northwest Books. 
  28. Farid, Diana. 2022. Wave. Ill. by Kris Goto. Cameron Books. 
  29. Fliess, Sue. 2022. Rumble and Roar: Sound Around the World. Ill. by Khoa Le. Millbrook Press. 
  30. Florian, Douglas. 2022. Zoobilations! Simon & Schuster.
  31. Frost, Helen. 2022. Wait and See. Ill. by Rick Lieder. Candlewick.
  32. Gianferrari, Maria. 2022. Being a Dog. Ill. by Pete Oswald. HarperCollins. 
  33. Gianferrari, Maria. 2022. Ice Cycle. Ill. by Jieting Chen. Lerner/ Millbrook.  
  34. Gopal, Jyoti Rajan. 2022. Desert Queen. Ill. by Svabhu Kohli. Levine Querido. 
  35. Gow, Robin. 2022. A Million Quiet Revolutions. FSG. 
  36. Greanias, Margaret Chiu. 2022. Amah Faraway. Ill. by Tracy Subisak. Bloomsbury.
  37. Grehan, Meg. 2022. Baby Teeth. Dublin, Ireland: Little Island.
  38. Hagan, Ellen. 2022. Don’t Call Me a Hurricane. Bloomsbury. 
  39. Hagen, Hans & Monique. 2022. You Are the Loveliest. Ill. by Marit Törnqvist. Levine Querido/ Em Querido. 
  40. Haydu, Corey Ann. 2022. Lawless Spaces. Simon & Schuster.
  41. Hill, Amanda Rawson. 2022. The Hope of Elephants. Charlesbridge. 
  42. Hoberman, Mary Ann. 2022. Away with Words! Wise and Witty Poems for Language Lovers. Ill. by Perry Hoberman. Little, Brown. 
  43. Honoré, Leslé. 2022. Brown Girl, Brown Girl. Ill. by Cozbi A. Cabrera. Little, Brown. 
  44. Hood, Susan & Dawson, Grey. 2022. Alias Anna: The True Story of a Girl and Her Sister Who Outwitted the Nazis. HarperCollins. 
  45. Howes, Katey. 2022. A Poem Grows Inside You. Ill. by Heather Brockman Lee. Innovation Press. 
  46. Jennings, Terry Catasús & Stevens-Holsey, Rosita. 2022. Pauli Murray: The Life of a Pioneering Feminist and Civil Rights Activist. Little Bee. 
  47. Kooser, Ted and Wanek, Connie. 2022. Marshmallow Clouds: Two Poets at Play Among Figures of Speech. ill. by Richard Jones. Candlewick.
  48. Kuo, Jane. 2022. In the Beautiful Country. Quill Tree. 
  49. La Tulippe, Renée. 2022. The Crab Ballet. Ill. by Cécile Metzger. Cameron Books.
  50. Latham, Irene & Waters, Charles. 2022. African Town. Putnam.
  51. Latham, Irene & Waters, Charles. 2022. Be a Bridge. Ill. by Nabila Adani. Lerner/ Carolrhoda.
  52. Lawler, Janet. 2022. Oceans of Love. Ill. by Holly Clifton-Brown. Philomel. 
  53. Levington, Rebecca Gardyn. 2022. Brainstorm! Sleeping Bear Books.
  54. Levinson, Cynthia. 2022. A School for Problems: Myles Horton and the Highlander Folk School. Ill. by Keith Henry Brown. Peachtree.
  55. Lockington, Mariama J. 2022. Forever is Now. FSG.
  56. Lowell, Rebekah. 2022.  The Road to After. Ill. by Rebekah Lowell. Penguin/ Paulson. 
  57. Martin, Erica. 2022. And We Rise. Philomel. 
  58. Martin, Erica. 2022. Whites Only: The Civil Rights Movement. Philomel. 
  59. McCullough, Joy. 2022. Enter the Body. Dutton.
  60. McCullough, Joy; Richmond, Caroline Tung; Sharpe, Tess and Spotswood, Jessica. 2022. Great or Nothing. Delacorte.
  61. Nelson, Marilyn. 2022. Augusta Savage: The Shape of a Sculptor's Life. Little, Brown/Ottaviano.
  62. Ogle, Rex. 2022. Todo sobre mi abuela. Norton Young Readers. 
  63. Pincus, Meeg. 2022. Make Way for Animals!: The Wonderful World of Wildlife Crossings. Ill. by Bao Luu. Millbrook Press.
  64. Pinkney, Andrea. 2022. Bright Brown Baby. Ill. by Brian Pinkney. Orchard. 
  65. Reynolds, Jason and Griffin, Jason. 2022. Ain't Burned All the Bright. Atheneum.
  66. Riazi, Karuna. 2022. A Bit of Earth. Greenwillow Books. 
  67. Rodash, Rahma. 2022. Dear Black Child. Ill. by Lydia Mba. HarperCollins/ Balzer + Bray.
  68. Rodash, Rahma. 2022. Dear Muslim Child. HarperCollins/ Balzer + Bray. 
  69. Rolle, Sojourner Kincaid. 2022. Free at Last: A Juneteenth Poem. Ill. by Alex Bostic. Union Square Kids.
  70. Romero, R.M. 2022. The Ghosts of Rose Hill. Peachtree Teen. 
  71. Rowe, Kelis. 2022. Finding Jupiter. Crown. 
  72. Salas, Laura Purdie. 2022. Zap Clap Boom. Ill. by Elly MacKay. 
  73. Salazar, Aida & Méndez, Yamile Saied. 2022. Calling the Moon. Candlewick Press.
  74. Salazar, Aida. 2022. A Seed in the Sun. Dial. 
  75. Sanders, Rob. 2022. Blood Brothers. Reycraft.
  76. Silverman, Buffy. 2022. On a Gold-Blooming Day: Finding Fall Treasures. Millbrook/Lerner.
  77. Singer, Marilyn. 2022. Awe-some Days: Poems about the Jewish Holidays. Ill. by Dana Wulfekotte. Dial. 
  78. Singh, Rina. 2022. A Garden of Grenades and Other Stories. Ill. by Hoda Hadadi. Greystone. 
  79. Slesarik, Ken. 2022. Grievers and Poets: When a Loved One Dies. Ill. by Catherine Flinn. Grievers and Poets Press.
  80. Smith Jr., Charles R. 2022. What Makes Us Strong. Ill. by Evans, Shane W. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky. 
  81. Steinberg, D.J. 2022. My Teacher Is the Best!. Ill. by Ruth Hammond. Grosset & Dunlap. 
  82. Sze, Gillian. 2022. You Are My Favorite Color. Ill. by Nina Mata. Philomel. 
  83. Tafolla, Carmen. 2022. ¡Guerrera Warrior!. Penguin/ Paulsen. 
  84. Tognolini, Bruno. 2022. Magari!. Ill. by Giulia Orecchia. Red Comet Press.
  85. Vanderwater, Amy Ludwig. 2022. If This Bird Had Pockets. Ill. by Emma J. Virján. Boyd Mills.
  86. Vardell, Sylvia and Wong, Janet. 2022. Things We Eat. Princeton, NJ: Pomelo Books.
  87. Vardell, Sylvia and Wong, Janet. 2022. Things We Feel. Princeton, NJ: Pomelo Books.
  88. Watson, Renee. 2022. Maya’s Song. Ill. by Bryon Collier. HarperCollins.
  89. Weatherford, Carole Boston. 2022. Call Me Miss Hamilton: One Woman’s Case for Equality and Respect. Ill by Jeffrey Boston Weatherford. Millbrook Press. 
  90. Weatherford, Carole Boston. 2022. The Faith of Elijah Cummings: The North Star of Equal Justice. Random House.
  91. Weatherford, Carole Boston. 2022. Standing in the Need of Prayer. Ill. by Frank Morrison.Crown/Random House.
  92. Wilson, Kip. 2022. The Most Dazzling Girl in Berlin. Versify. 
  93. Wolf, Allan. 2022. Behold Our Magical Garden: Poems Fresh from a School Garden. Ill. by Daniel Duncan. Candlewick. 
  94. Wolf, Allan. 2022. The Blanket Where Violet Sits. Ill. by Lauren Tobia. Candlewick.
  95. Woodfolk, Ashley. 2022. Nothing Burns as Bright as You. HMH/ Versify. 
  96. Woodson, Jacqueline. 2022. The Year We Learned to Fly. Ill. by Rafael Lòpez. Penguin/Paulsen.
  97. Yeatts, Tabatha. Ed. 2022. Imperfect II: Poems About Perspective. Rockville, MD: History House Publishers.
  98. Zoboi, Ibi. 2022. Star Child: A Constellation of Octavia E. Butler. Dutton. 

Now head on over to Beyond Literacy Link where Carol is gathering all the Poetry Friday blog posts in one place. Let's see what kind of poetry goodness is waiting for us all around the multiverse!

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Janet Wong: NCTE Award Winner

My good friend and collaborator Janet Wong is receiving the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children at the annual convention (virtually) next week. I am so excited and happy for her! In celebration, I persuaded her to do a Vogue-style interview with me. Here she answers 10 questions about her routines, her childhood, and her writing. Enjoy! (Click on the white triangle in the center to advance the video)


Do yourself a favor and check out one of Janet's books. She is such a gifted poet and storyteller!



And of course, Janet and I have also collaborated on a dozen poetry anthologies featuring hundreds of poems by many different poets. So proud of those! Yay for Pomelo Books!

If you're attending the NCTE convention (virtually), be sure and tune in to her acceptance speech on Saturday, Nov. 20. We'll also be presenting together along with Carole Boston Weatherford and Elizabeth Steinglass on Sunday, Nov. 21. Look for us there:

Meanwhile, head on over to Radio, Rhythm and Rhyme where Matt is hosting our Poetry Friday gathering this week. 


Friday, November 05, 2021

Guest Post: EVICTED! by Alice Faye Duncan

I'm happy to feature another guest post, this time from Alice Faye Duncan, author of the forthcoming picture book, EVICTED! You may remember her from picture book, A Song for Gwendolyn Brooks that I highlighted previously. Here, she writes about the backstory on writing this book about the Tent City Movement in Tennessee that laid the groundwork for the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and about Dr. William Herbert Brewster, whose poetry and songwriting were a huge influence on that time and on her own work.

Poems and Voting Rights 

(Battles Worth the Fight)

by Alice Faye Duncan


How do you write a poem? It begins with an idea that graduates to gumption. Then you wade in the muddle. Write. Revise. Delete. Rewrite. To avoid discouragement, you accept that poems like all creative pursuits, start with disorder. You learn patience. You must. There is no exception as you rewrite and wait for words to sing and make sense. Every ending is the same. A finished poem is birthed in an alchemy of labor, babble, and stumbling. Every poem is a hard-won prize. 


Nothing has tested my pursuit of poetry like the pandemic of 2020. Talk about hard-won writing as family and friends took ill. Some died. Despite sadness and loss, I plodded onward to write EVICTED—THE STRUGGLE FOR THE RIGHT TO VOTE. The illustrator is Charly Palmer. The publication date is January, 2022. 

EVICTED! is the story of Black sharecroppers and the Tent City Movement that inspired John Lewis and college friends to tackle voting rights in the rural South. These Tennessee farmers and their uncelebrated names paved the way for the Voting Rights Act of 1965. 


Conveyed through interconnected stories and told through the eyes of a child, EVICTED! combines poetry, prose, and illustrations to shine light on a forgotten history. I was unfamiliar with the Tent City Movement until 2006, when I attended a funeral and met the Memphis photojournalist, Ernest Withers


Mr. Withers gave me a book of his famous civil rights photographs. The collection introduced me to sharecroppers and their sad-faced children, standing in a field. A caption said these black laborers were evicted from white farmland and forced to live in tents during 1960, because they registered to vote in Fayette County, Tennessee. Uncles and aunts in my mother’s family had farmed in Fayette County for five decades. I wanted to know more about this movement. 





The Tent City story interested me for a second reason, too. Poet and songwriter, Dr. William Herbert Brewster was born in Fayette County, Tennessee. I had hopes that researching the history of the land would give me an understanding of Brewster’s creative fire. 

William Herbert Brewster wrote the poem I’m Determined to be Somebody Someday. And he wrote classic gospel lyrics like Aretha Franklin’s Old Landmark and Mahalia Jackson’s, Move On Up a Little Higher.


Born to parents who survived American slavery, Dr. Brewster wielded words with a prolific pen. He wrote lyrics for 200 songs. The Smithsonian Institute dedicated a symposium to his genius in 1982. And according to biographer, Peter Guralnick, it was Dr. Brewster’s East Trigg Baptist Church, that partly contributed to Elvis Presley’s love for Gospel music.


I grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. During the seventies and eighties, every Black child in the city was required to memorize Dr. Brewster’s poem, I’m Determined to be Somebody SomedayDuring the early months of the pandemic as I slogged through the disorder of the creative process, Dr. Brewster’s words carried me. 


I was determined to write EVICTED! and offer young learners poems to edify their understanding of voting rights. I was also intentional about making it clear that presently great threats loom over democracy and those American rights. 




This is the power of poetry and why poets must persevere to unravel disorder in the creative process. Poems express weighty ideas in few words. Poems give young learners easy access to historical information. Pandemic or not—poems matter. And just like voting rights—poems are worth the struggle it takes to create them. Write ON! 


Sylvia: Thank you, Alice, for sharing this powerful, personal glimpse. I wasn't familiar with the Tent City Movement either, so I am very grateful for this new book. I hope EVICTED! finds many, many readers. Preorder now! 

Next: head over to A(nother) Year of Reading where our grand poetry ringmaster, Mary Lee is hosting our Poetry Friday gathering. See you there!