Children's Poet Laureate Monthly Book Picks

Each month, the Children's Poet Laureate recommends a book of poetry for children. Selections include classics of children's literature, adult collections that are well-suited to children, as well as newly published books.

JACQUELINE WOODSON’S AUGUST 2016 BOOK PICK
An Na
Simon and Schuster July 2016

Written in poetic vignettes, this book shares a story about immigration, family, and—most of all—love. In this country right now, we’re talking a lot about ‘immigrants’—and that talk is not always kind. I want to use the next few months to introduce writers who have traveled to the United States from far off places and have helped fill the American Canon with amazing stories. A Step from Heaven was a major award winner when first published. It’s a story that speaks to all of us.

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  1. JACQUELINE WOODSON’S AUGUST 2016 BOOK PICK
    An Na
    Simon and Schuster July 2016
  2. JACQUELINE WOODSON’S JUNE 2016 BOOK PICK
    Micha Archer
    Nancy Paulsen Books February 2016
  3. JACQUELINE WOODSON’S APRIL 2016 BOOK PICK
    By Margarita Engle
    By Margarita Engle April 2006
  4. JACQUELINE WOODSON’S FEBRUARY 2016 BOOK PICK
    Kwame Alexander
    HMH Books for Young Readers March 2014
  5. JACQUELINE WOODSON’S DECEMBER 2015 BOOK PICK
    Nikki Giovanni
    Sourcebooks Jabberwocky October 2008
  6. JACQUELINE WOODSON’S OCTOBER 2015 BOOK PICK
    Eloise Greenfield
    HarperCollins May 1986
  7. KENN NESBITT’S APRIL 2015 BOOK PICK

    Lullaby & Kisses Sweet: Poems to Love with Your Baby

    LEE BENNETT HOPKINS
    Abrams Appleseed March 2015
  8. Kenn Nesbitt's February 2015 Book Pick

    Melvis and Elvis

    By Dennis Lee
    HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. February 2015
  9. Kenn Nesbitt's December 2014 Book Pick

    The Poem that Will Not End: Fun with Poetic Forms and Voices

    By Joan Bransfield Graham
    Two Lions January 2014
  10. KENN NESBITT’S OCTOBER 2014 BOOK PICK

    Rhyme Schemer

    K.A. Holt
    Chronicle Books October 2014
  11. KENN NESBITT’S AUGUST 2014 BOOK PICK

    Rutherford B. Who Was He?: Poems About Our Presidents

    Marilyn Singer
    Disney-Hyperion Books December 2013
  12. KENN NESBITT’S JUNE 2014 BOOK PICK

    Poem Depot: Aisles of Smiles

    DOUGLAS FLORIAN
    Dial Books for Young Readers February 2014
  13. KENN NESBITT’S APRIL 2014 BOOK PICK

    The Poetry Friday Anthology for Science

    Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong
    Pomelo Books April 2014
  14. KENN NESBITT’S FEBRUARY 2014 BOOK PICK

    We Go Together: A Curious Selection of Affectionate Verse

    Calef Brown
    Houghton Mifflin Books for Children 2013
  15. KENN NESBITT’S DECEMBER 2013 BOOK PICK

    What the Heart Knows: Chants, Charms & Blessings

    Joyce Sidman, Illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
    HMH Books for Young Readers 2013
  16. KENN NESBITT’S OCTOBER 2013 BOOK PICK

    Your Skeleton is Showing: Rhymes of Blunder From Six Feet Under

    Kurt Cyrus
    Disney-Hyperion 2013
  17. KENN NESBITT’S AUGUST 2013 BOOK PICK

    A Dazzling Display of Dogs

    Betsy Franco, Illustrated by Michael Wertz
    Tricycle Press 2011
  18. J. PATRICK LEWIS’S JUNE 2013 BOOK PICK

    All the World's a Stage

    Edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins
    Creative Editions 2013
  19. J. PATRICK LEWIS’S APRIL 2013 BOOK PICK

    Leave Your Sleep: A Collection of Classic Children’s Poetry

    Natalie Merchant
    Farrar Straus Giroux 2012
  20. J. PATRICK LEWIS’S FEBRUARY 2013 BOOK PICK

    Forest Has a Song

    Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
    Clarion Books 2013
  21. J. PATRICK LEWIS’S DECEMBER 2012 BOOK PICK

    Treasury for All Seasons: Poems and Songs to Celebrate the Year

    Julie Andrews, Emma Walton Hamilton
    Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 2012
  22. J. PATRICK LEWIS’S OCTOBER 2012 BOOK PICK

    Switching on the Moon: A Very First Book of Bedtime Poems

    Jane Yolen (Compiler), Andrew Fusek Peters (Compiler), G. Brian Karas (Illustrator)
    Candlewick Press 2010
  23. J. PATRICK LEWIS’S AUGUST 2012 BOOK PICK

    The President’s Stuck in the Bathtub: Poems about the Presidents

    Susan Katz
    Clarion Books 2012
  24. J. PATRICK LEWIS’S JUNE 2012 BOOK PICK

    The Arrow Finds Its Mark: A Book of Found Poems

    GEORGIA HEARD
    Roaring Brook Press 2012
  25. J. PATRICK LEWIS’S APRIL 2012 BOOK PICK

    Knock at a Star: A Child’s Introduction to Poetry

    X.J. KENNEDY and DOROTHY KENNEDY
    Little, Brown 1982, revised 1999
  26. J. PATRICK LEWIS’S FEBRUARY 2012 BOOK PICK

    P*TAG

    Edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong
    PoetryTagTime.com 2011
  27. J. PATRICK LEWIS’S DECEMBER 2011 BOOK PICK

    Think Again

    JonArno Lawson
    Kids Can Press 2011
  28. J. PATRICK LEWIS’S OCTOBER 2011 BOOK PICK

    The Hound Dog’s Haiku: And Other Poems for Dog Lovers

    Michael J. Rosen
    Candlewick Press 2011
  29. J. PATRICK LEWIS’S AUGUST 2011 BOOK PICK

    City Kids: Street and skyscraper rhymes

    X.J. Kennedy
    Tradewind Books 2010
  30. J. PATRICK LEWIS’S JUNE 2011 BOOK PICK

    A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms

    Selected by Paul B. Janeczko
    Candlewick 2005
  31. MARY ANN HOBERMAN’S MARCH 2011 BOOK PICK

    Poetry for Young People

    Langston Hughes
    Sterling 1995
  32. MARY ANN HOBERMAN’S JANUARY 2011 BOOK PICK
    T.S. Eliot
    Harcourt 2009 and numerous other editions
  33. MARY ANN HOBERMAN’S NOVEMBER 2010 BOOK PICK

    All the Small Poems and Fourteen More

    Valerie Worth
    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1996
  34. MARY ANN HOBERMAN’S SEPTEMBER 2010 BOOK PICK

    Ounce Dice Trice

    Alastair Reidnyr
    Children’s Collection 2009
  1. JACQUELINE WOODSON’S JULY 2016 BOOK PICK
    David Friend
    Nancy Paulsen Books June 2016
  2. JACQUELINE WOODSON’S MAY 2016 BOOK PICK
    By Thanhha Lai
    Harper Collins February 2011
  3. JACQUELINE WOODSON’S MARCH 2016 BOOK PICK
    Aracelis Girmay
    BOA Editions September 2011
  4. JACQUELINE WOODSON’S JANUARY 2016 BOOK PICK
    Willie Perdomo
    Square Fish 2002
  5. JACQUELINE WOODSON’S NOVEMBER 2015 BOOK PICK

    Wonderful Words: Poems About Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening

    Lee Bennett Hopkins
    Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers March 2004
  6. KENN NESBITT’S MAY 2015 BOOK PICK
    Leslie Bulion
    Peachtree Publishers March 2015
  7. KENN NESBITT’S MARCH 2015 BOOK PICK
    Calef Brown
    Henry Holt and Co March 2015
  8. Kenn Nesbitt's Januarary 2015 Book Pick
    By Joyce Sidman
    HMH Books for Young Readers November 2014
  9. Kenn Nesbitt's November 2014 Book Pick
    By Colin West
    Hutchinson Children’s Books (an imprint of The Random House Group Limited) 2001
  10. KENN NESBITT’S SEPTEMBER 2014 BOOK PICK
    Brian P. Cleary
    Millbrook Press August 2014
  11. KENN NESBITT’S JULY 2014 BOOK PICK
    PAUL JANECZKO
    Candlewick Press March 2014
  12. KENN NESBITT’S MAY 2014 BOOK PICK
    Bob Raczka
    Carolrhoda Books April 2014
  13. KENN NESBITT’S MARCH 2014 BOOK PICK
    Karen L. Kilcup and Angela Sorby
    Johns Hopkins University Press December 2013
  14. KENN NESBITT’S JANUARY 2014 BOOK PICK
    Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by Jui Ishida
    Greenwillow Books 2013
  15. KENN NESBITT’S NOVEMBER 2013 BOOK PICK
    J. Patrick Lewis, Illustrated by Anna Raff
    Candlewick Press 2013
  16. KENN NESBITT’S SEPTEMBER 2013 BOOK PICK
    Nikki Grimes
    Wordsong 2013
  17. KENN NESBITT’S JULY 2013 BOOK PICK
    Eric Ode, Illustrated by Erik Brooks
    Sasquatch Books 2013
  18. J. PATRICK LEWIS’S MAY 2013 BOOK PICK
    Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong
    Pomelo Books 2013
  19. J. PATRICK LEWIS’S MARCH 2013 BOOK PICK
    Jane Yolen and Rebecca Kai Dotlich
    Wordsong 2013
  20. J. PATRICK LEWIS’S JANUARY 2013 BOOK PICK
    Jill Corcoran
    Kane Miller 2012
  21. J. PATRICK LEWIS’S NOVEMBER 2012 BOOK PICK
    Lesléa Newman
    Candlewick Press 2012
  22. J. PATRICK LEWIS’S SEPTEMBER 2012 BOOK PICK
    Lee Bennett Hopkins (Compiler), David Diaz (Illustrator)
    Margaret K. McElderry Book 2010
  23. J. PATRICK LEWIS’S JULY 2012 BOOK PICK
    Timothy P. McLaughlin, Editor
    Abrams Books for Young Readers 2012
  24. J. PATRICK LEWIS’S MAY 2012 BOOK PICK
    MARY ANN HOBERMAN
    Little, Brown 2012
  25. J. PATRICK LEWIS’S MARCH 2012 BOOK PICK
    Allan Wolf
    Candlewick, 2011
  26. J. PATRICK LEWIS’S JANUARY 2012 BOOK PICK
    Shel Silverstein
    HarperCollins 2011
  27. J. PATRICK LEWIS’S NOVEMBER 2011 BOOK PICK
    Paul B. Janeczko
    Candlewick Press 2011
  28. J. PATRICK LEWIS’S SEPTEMBER 2011 BOOK PICK
    Arnold Adoff
    Clarion Books 2011
  29. J. PATRICK LEWIS’S JULY 2011 BOOK PICK
    Bruno Navasky
    Amulet Books 2011
  30. J. PATRICK LEWIS’S APRIL 2011 BOOK PICK
    Edited by Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes
    Faber & Faber 1982
  31. MARY ANN HOBERMAN’S FEBRUARY 2011 BOOK PICK
    Randall Jarrell
    HarperCollins 1997, orig. pub. 1964
  32. MARY ANN HOBERMAN’S DECEMBER 2010 BOOK PICK
    Edward Lear
    Dover 1951
  33. MARY ANN HOBERMAN’S OCTOBER 2010 BOOK PICK
    Carl Sandburg
    Sterling 1995
  34. MARY ANN HOBERMAN’S AUGUST 2010 BOOK PICK
    Alice Schertle