April 4, Happy Poetry Month

April is Poetry Month! 

We have upcoming poetry events at the store--a YA Open Mic next Wednesday, and a month long raffle for children under the age of 12. More details here

Today though I wanted to highlight some poetry titles we have in the store. 

Two of our bestselling poetry books, A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year and Sing a Song of Seasons, are anthologies. Both of the books collect nature poems from well known and little known poets throughout history and modernity. One of our bestsellers this past December, Sing a Song of Seasons is accompanied by lavish illustrations. A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year is a physically smaller book, with a colorful cover, and generally longer poems than Sing a Song of Seasons. Both books have been well received and provide the perfect spark of poetry to brighten your day. 





You won't find this next type of poetry in our Poetry section! In both Middle Grade and Young Adult, novels in verse have been taking off. The 2014 hit Crossover by Kwame Alexander has had two sequels, Booked and Rebound and he has also released two other books in verse, Solo and SwingCrossover won a Newbury and another verse novel, The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo won the National Book Award. The audiobooks, read by the authors convey the verse beautifully. Verse novels give scope to different forms of emotional expression and can convey immediacy to historical events. Recent verse novels represent a variety of genres including sports stories, school stories, coming of age stories, history, mythological retellings, and more. These titles include the titles mentioned above and the recent White Rose, a debut novel from Kip Wilson, Bull and Voices by Dave Elliott, Missing Mike by Shari Green, Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, and The Moon Within by Aida Salazar. Verse novels have been increasing in popularity and Poetry Month is a great time to check one out if you haven't already. 

Then a delightful reminder that Penguin Random House has recently released A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a collection of the poetry of Mr. Rogers, lovingly illustrated by Luke Flowers.