Poetry for Tweens

Little kids grow up loving rhyming text in picture books. But tweens love poetry, too, and you can nurture their taste for lyrical lit as they get older with entertaining poetry collections and novels in verse. Our list offers a variety of fiction and nonfiction, memoir and biography, rhymes and free verse for tweens. Whether you're looking for a good introduction to poetry, a collection for a die-hard fan, or an accessible novel for your reluctant reader, here are some great titles to choose from. Want more poetry? Check out Poetry Books for Kids, the Power Poetry website, and Poets.org for books, writing inspiration, and history.

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Outside the Box Book Poster Image
Irreverent collection offers mind-opening poems for kids.
By Karma Wilson
(2014)
(2014)
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Bravo!: Poems About Amazing Hispanics Book Poster Image
Inspiring poems about Latinos who excelled in their fields.
By Margarita Engle
(2017)
(2017)
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Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph Book Poster Image
Poetic account of legendary gathering of jazz greats.
By Roxane Orgill
(2016)
(2016)
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The Crossover Book Poster Image
Soaring, poignant, novel in verse hits all the right spots.
By Kwame Alexander
(2014)
(2014)
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Full Cicada Moon Book Poster Image
Girl beats stereotypes in powerful free-verse novel.
By Marilyn Hilton
(2015)
(2015)
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Martin Rising: Requiem for a King Book Poster Image
Powerful poems examine the final months of MLK's life.
By Andrea Davis Pinkney
(2017)
(2018)
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Poem Depot: Aisles of Smiles Book Poster Image
Short, funny poems a sure bet to delight kids.
By Douglas Florian
(2014)
(2014)
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Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement Book Poster Image
Frank, poetic picture book bio has dazzling art.
By Carole Boston Weatherford
(2016)
(2015)
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Booked Book Poster Image
Soccer player faces divorce, bullies in fast-paced novel.
By Kwame Alexander
(2016)
(2016)
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Brown Girl Dreaming Book Poster Image
Captivating poems depict coming-of-age in tumultuous 1960s.
By Jacqueline Woodson
(2014)
(2014)
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Inside Out and Back Again Book Poster Image
Inspiring, educational immigrant story told in free verse.
By Thanhha Lai
(2011)
(2011)
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One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance Book Poster Image
Soaring, poignant poems explore identity and struggle.
By Nikki Grimes
(2017)
(2017)
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Addie on the Inside Book Poster Image
Vivacious seventh grader expresses herself in vivid poems.
By James Howe
(2011)
(2011)
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The Red Pencil Book Poster Image
Moving verse tale of girl's experience in Darfur genocide.
By Andrea Davis Pinkney
(2014)
(2014)
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American Ace Book Poster Image
Moving, fast-paced novel-in-verse; great for teen boys.
By Marilyn Nelson
(2016)
(2015)
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Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings Book Poster Image
Poignant memoir-in-verse recalls Cuban-American's childhood.
By Margarita Engle
(2015)
(2015)
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For Every One Book Poster Image
Bold, blunt encouragement for dreamers pulls no punches.
By Jason Reynolds
(2018)
(2018)
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How I Discovered Poetry Book Poster Image
Poet's moving memoir in free verse charts '50s childhood.
By Marilyn Nelson
(2015)
(2014)
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Jazz Owls: A Novel of the Zoot Suit Riots Book Poster Image
Vibrant novel in verse shows anti-Latino racism in '40s L.A.
By Margarita Engle
(2018)
(2018)
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Under the Mesquite Book Poster Image
Latina teen faces mom's cancer in award-winning verse novel.
By Guadalupe Garcia McCall
(2012)
(2011)
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