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Books to Read for Poetry Month

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Stacking your April TBR for National Poetry Month? We have some great recommendations for your list. Here are 7 books to read for Poetry Month, and 3 more to add to your list for later!

 

The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman 

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We Are the Ashes, We Are the Fire by Joy McCullough 

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Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh

every body looking

A Finalist for the National Book Award

When Ada leaves home for her freshman year at a Historically Black College, it’s the first time she’s ever been so far from her family—and the first time that she’s been able to make her own choices and to seek her place in this new world. As she stumbles deeper into the world of dance and explores her sexuality, she also begins to wrestle with her past—her mother’s struggle with addiction, her Nigerian father’s attempts to make a home for her. Ultimately, Ada discovers she needs to brush off the destiny others have chosen for her and claim full ownership of her body and her future.

 

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

Blood water paint

Her mother died when she was twelve, and suddenly Artemisia Gentileschi had a stark choice: a life as a nun in a convent or a life grinding pigment for her father’s paint.

She chose paint.

By the time she was seventeen, Artemisia did more than grind pigment. She was one of Rome’s most talented painters, even if no one knew her name. But Rome in 1610 was a city where men took what they wanted from women, and in the aftermath of rape Artemisia faced another terrible choice: a life of silence or a life of truth, no matter the cost.

He will not consume
my every thought.
I am a painter.
I will paint.

Joy McCullough’s bold novel in verse is a portrait of an artist as a young woman, filled with the soaring highs of creative inspiration and the devastating setbacks of a system built to break her. McCullough weaves Artemisia’s heartbreaking story with the stories of the ancient heroines, Susanna and Judith, who become not only the subjects of two of Artemisia’s most famous paintings but sources of strength as she battles to paint a woman’s timeless truth in the face of unspeakable and all-too-familiar violence.

I will show you
what a woman can do.

 

SHOUT by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

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Jacqueline Woodson’s National Book Award and Newbery Honor winner is a powerful memoir that tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.

A President Obama “O” Book Club pick

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.

 

The Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes

Bronx Masquerade

 

 

Coming soon…

 

Living Beyond Borders edited by Margarita Longoria – Coming 8/17!

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The Hill We Climb and Other Poems by Amanda Gorman – Coming 9/21!

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A collection of poetry by presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman

Including “The Hill We Climb,” the stirring poem read at the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden, this collection of the same name reveals an energizing and unforgettable new voice in America poetry.

 

When We Make It by Elisabet Velasquez – Coming 9/21!

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Looking for more great reads in April? Here’s every book hitting shelves this month!

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Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee Sneak Peek

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Excerpt Alert: TELL ME MY NAME by Amy Reed

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Excerpt Alert: FROM LITTLE TOKYO, WITH LOVE

Celebrated author Sarah Kuhn reinvents the modern fairy tale in From Little Tokyo, With Love, an intensely personal yet hilarious novel of a girl whose search for a storybook ending takes her to unexpected places in both her beloved LA neighborhood and her own guarded heart. Scroll down to read chapter 1!    Once upon a time, … Continued
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Start reading STORMBREAK by Natalie C. Parker

Are you ready to dive into the finale? In this epic conclusion to the Seafire trilogy, which Booklist called “Mad Max by way of Davy Jones,” Caledonia Styx will risk everything–her heart, her crew, and even her life–to defeat Lir and take back the Bullet Seas once and for all. Scroll down to start reading Stormbreak! Caledonia stood high above … Continued
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Excerpt Alert: THE QUEEN’S SECRET

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Your Historical Fiction TBR

If you’re always on the lookout for that special book that transports to an older world the second you turn the page, we have a few recommendations you’ll definitely want on your list! Welcome to your historical fiction TBR!   The Blossom and the Firefly by Sherri L. Smith From the award-winning author of Flygirl comes this powerful … Continued
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Excerpt Alert: CITY OF THE UNCOMMON THIEF

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YA Protagonists who will 100% outsmart you

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A Visitor’s Guide to Callipolis

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