Poetry is mysterious, emotional, and captures brief, deep moments of reflection. While that makes it a beautiful art form, it can be a hard sell to get kids interested in it. Here are a few choices of poetic books and collections that are silly, captivating, and relatable to older kids and tweens.
Just Like Me
These poems explore themes of self-esteem, confidence, and being proud to be your own person. It's a good pick for the young girls you know who are coming of age and becoming more of themselves.
This story, told as a lyrical narrative, shares Gabriella’s journey as she uses poetry to cope with her problems at home. She has a teacher who encourages her to express herself and find beauty during hard times.
Jude is a young girl who moves to the United States from Syria, who reflects on what her life was like before and after moving and becoming a refugee. This story is an easy, beautiful introduction to poetry as narrative verse.
How to Write Poetry: A Guided Journal with Prompts
For poets who are ready to put pen to paper—but aren’t quite sure how to start or what makes a "good poem" — is this journal that provides examples of different poetic devices and prompts for writing their own.