Top 10 Best Books to Read in Poetry for Teens & Young Adults - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Poetry for Teens & Young Adults. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Brown Girl Dreaming


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Poetry for Teens & Young Adults - August 2021

Jacqueline Woodson, one of today's finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child's soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson's eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.

  • Author: Jacqueline Woodson
  • Genre: Audible Books & Originals, Children's Audiobooks, Literature & Fiction, Multicultural Stories, African American

                 

2. Bronx Masquerade


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Poetry for Teens & Young Adults - August 2021

The beloved and award-winning novel now available in a new format with a great new cover! When Wesley Boone writes a poem for his high school English class, some of his classmates clamor to read their poems aloud too. Soon they're having weekly poetry sessions and, one by one, the eighteen students are opening up and taking on the risky challenge of self-revelation. There's Lupe Alvarin, desperate to have a baby so she will feel loved. Raynard Patterson, hiding a secret behind his silence. Porscha Johnson, needing an outlet for her anger after her mother OD's. Through the poetry they share and narratives in which they reveal their most intimate thoughts about themselves and one another, their words and lives show what lies beneath the skin, behind the eyes, beyond the masquerade.

  • Author: Nikki Grimes
  • Publisher: Speak; Illustrated edition (August 8, 2017)
  • Genre: Teen & Young Adult, Literature & Fiction
  • ISBN: 978-0425289761
  • Dimensions: 5.41 x 0.49 x 8.25 inches

                 

3. For Every One


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Poetry for Teens & Young Adults - August 2021

“A lyrical masterpiece.” — School Library Journal (starred review) Originally performed at the Kennedy Center for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and later as a tribute to Walter Dean Myers, this stirring and inspirational poem is New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist Jason Reynolds’s rallying cry to the young dreamers of the world. For Every One is exactly that: for every one. For every one person. For every one who has a dream. But especially for every kid. The kids who dream of being better than they are. Kids who dream of doing more than they almost dare to imagine. Kids who are like Jason Reynolds, a self-professed dreamer. Jason does not claim to know how to make dreams come true; he has, in fact, been fighting on the front line of his own battle to make his own dreams a reality. He expected to make it when he was sixteen. Then eighteen. Then twenty-five. Now, some of those expectations have been realized. But others, the most important ones, lay ahead, and a lot of them involve kids, how to inspire them : All the kids who are scared to dream, or don’t know how to dream, or don’t dare to dream because they’ve NEVER seen a dream come true. Jason wants kids to know that dreams take time. They involve countless struggles. But no matter how many times a dreamer gets beat down, the drive and the passion and the hope never fully extinguishes—because simply having the dream is the start you need, or you won’t get anywhere anyway, and that is when you have to take a leap of faith. A pitch-perfect graduation, baby, or inspirational gift for anyone who needs to me reminded of their own abilities—to dream.

  • Author: Jason Reynolds
  • Genre: Teen & Young Adult, Literature & Fiction

                 

4. Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Poetry for Teens & Young Adults - August 2021

The inspiration for Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical CATS, and its upcoming movie adaptation, directed by Tom Hooper and starring Taylor Swift (Bombalurina), Idris Elba (Macavity the Mystery Cat), Dame Judi Dench (Old Deuteronomy), Ian McKellen (Gus the Theatre Cat), James Corden (Bustopher Jones), Jennifer Hudson (Grizabella), Jason Derulo (Rum Tum Tugger), and Rebel Wilson (Jennyanydots). Cats! Some are sane, and some are mad. Some are good, and some are bad . . . These lovable cat poems were written by T. S. Eliot for his godchildren and continue to delight children and grown-ups. Eliot's beloved cat poems are a curious and artful homage to felines young and old, merry and fierce, small and unmistakably round, and Edward Gorey's graphic interpretations are sure to charm.

  • Author: T. S. Eliot
  • Publisher: Harcourt, Brace & Co.; First edition (August 30, 1982)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Poetry
  • ISBN: 978-0151686568
  • Dimensions: 5.31 x 0.41 x 8 inches

                 

5. SHOUT


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Poetry for Teens & Young Adults - August 2021

Award-winning Speak author Laurie Halse Anderson's New York Times bestselling poetic memoir and call to action, which garnered eight starred reviews! Bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. Now, inspired by her fans and enraged by how little in our culture has changed since her groundbreaking novel Speak was first published twenty years ago, she has written a critically acclaimed poetry memoir that is as vulnerable as it is rallying, as timely as it is timeless. In free verse, Anderson shares reflections, rants, and calls to action woven among deeply personal stories from her life that she's never written about before. Praised as "captivating," "powerful," and "essential" by critics, this searing and soul-searching memoir is a denouncement of our society's failures and a love letter to all the people with the courage to say #MeToo and #TimesUp, whether aloud, online, or only in their own hearts. SHOUT speaks truth to power in a loud, clear voice--and once you hear it, it is impossible to ignore.

  • Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (March 10, 2020)
  • Genre: Teen & Young Adult, Literature & Fiction
  • ISBN: 978-0142422205
  • Dimensions: 5.06 x 0.86 x 7.75 inches

                 



6. Fierce Wars and Faithful Loves: Book I of Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Poetry for Teens & Young Adults - August 2021

Edmund Spenser (1552-99) ranks just below Shakespeare, with Chaucer and Milton, in the pantheon of great writers. In The Faerie Queene , he spins a sub-created fantasy universe that would be the model for Tolkien and Lewis. This poet, whom Milton considered to be a better teacher than the medieval theologians, wrote an epic tale of adventure, love, noble deeds, and faith. Despite all his acknowledged greatness, almost no one reads Spenser anymore. Roy Maynard takes the first book of The Faerie Queene , exploring the concept of Holiness with the character of the Redcross Knight, and makes Spenser accessible again. He does this not by dumbing it down, but by deftly modernizing the spelling, and including notes in the margins explaining the obscurities in clever asides, and cuing the reader towards the right response.

  • Author: Edmund Spenser
  • Publisher: Canon Press; 1st edition (January 1, 1999)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Poetry
  • ISBN: 978-1885767394
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.55 x 9 inches

                 

7. Chlorine Sky


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Poetry for Teens & Young Adults - August 2021

A novel-in-verse about a young girl coming-of-age and stepping out of the shadow of her former best friend. Perfect for readers of Elizabeth Acevedo and Nikki Grimes. "Mahogany L. Browne's debut YA ia an absolute masterpiece. It will leave you breathless." -Elizabeth Acevedo, New York Times bestselling author of The Poet X She looks me hard in my eyes & my knees lock into tree trunks My eyes don't dance like my heartbeat racing They stare straight back hot daggers. I remember things will never be the same. I remember things. With gritty and heartbreaking honesty, Mahogany L. Browne delivers a novel-in-verse about broken promises, fast rumors, and when growing up means growing apart from your best friend.

  • Author: Mahogany L. Browne
  • Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers (January 12, 2021)
  • Genre: Teen & Young Adult, Literature & Fiction
  • ISBN: 978-0593176399
  • Dimensions: 5.88 x 0.64 x 8.5 inches

                 

8. Night Drives


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Poetry for Teens & Young Adults - August 2021

Night Drives is a collection of poetry and writing that makes you feel like you're on a night drive.. the kind with the windows down, music up, and the night sky above you. The kind that slowly opens you up, allowing you to feel all of the emotions you've been holding in for so long and somehow helps you feel alive again. The kind that helps you appreciate the night sky again.

  • Author: Samantha Camargo
  • Publisher: Independently published (July 11, 2020)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Poetry
  • ISBN: 979-8647843883
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.71 x 9 inches

                 

9. Apple: (Skin to the Core)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Poetry for Teens & Young Adults - August 2021

National Book Award Longlist TIME 's 10 Best YA and Children's Books of 2020 NPR's Best Book of 2020 Shelf Awareness 's Best Books of 2020 Publishers Weekly 's Big Indie Books of Fall Amazon's Best Book of the Month AICL Best YA Books of 2020 CSMCL Best Multicultural Children's Books of 2020 PRAISE "Stirring.. Raw and moving."— TIME "Beautiful imagery and with words that soar and scald."— The Buffalo News "Easily one of the best books to be published in 2020. The kind of book bound to save lives."— LitHub "A powerful narrative about identity and belonging."— Paste Magazine FOUR STARRED REVIEWS ★ "Timely and important." — Booklist , starred review ★ "Searing yet dryly funny." — The Bulletin , starred review ★ "Exceptional." — Shelf-Awareness , starred review ★ "Captivating." — School Library Journal , starred review The term "Apple" is a slur in Native communities across the country. It's for someone supposedly "red on the outside, white on the inside." In APPLE (SKIN TO THE CORE) , Eric Gansworth tells his story, the story of his family—of Onondaga among Tuscaroras—of Native folks everywhere. From the horrible legacy of the government boarding schools, to a boy watching his siblings leave and return and leave again, to a young man fighting to be an artist who balances multiple worlds. Eric shatters that slur and reclaims it in verse and prose and imagery that truly lives up to the word heartbreaking.

  • Author: Eric Gansworth
  • Publisher: Levine Querido; Illustrated edition (October 6, 2020)
  • Genre: Teen & Young Adult, Biographies
  • ISBN: 978-1646140138
  • Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.3 x 9.4 inches

                 

10. Through the Looking-Glass


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Poetry for Teens & Young Adults - August 2021

"Through the Looking-Glass" (also known as "Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There" ) is a novel published in 1871 by Lewis Carroll and the sequel to "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" (1865). Alice's second adventure takes her through the looking-glass to a place even curiouser than Wonderland. She finds herself caught up in the great looking-glass chess game and sets off to become a queen. It isn't as easy as she expects: at every step she is hindered by nonsense characters who crop up and insist on reciting poems. Some of these poems, such as ' The Walrus and the Carpenter ' and ' Jabberwocky ', are as famous as the Alice stories themselves.

  • Author: Lewis Carroll
  • Publisher: E-BOOKARAMA (July 23, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Teen & Young Adult