Teen Poetry

April is National Poetry Month, but here's a way to enjoy poetry year-round. Collections of poetry, entire stories told through poems, books about the impact of poetry on teen lives - there is something for everyone. Try one or several of the books below. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be inspired to write your own poem.

Click here to check out poems by other Kansas City teens.

Books of Poetry

Call number area: 811

Falling Hard: 100 love poems by teenagers edited by Betsy Franco

How I Discovered Poetry by Marilyn Nelson/ illustrated by Hadley Hooper

The Rose that Grew from Concrete
by Tupac Shakur

Novels in Verse

Freakboy by Kristen Elizabeth Clark

Nix Minus One by Jill MacLean

October Mourning: A song for Matthew Shepard by Leslea Newman

Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay

Authors of Multiple Novels in Verse


Ellen Hopkins

Sonya Sones

Holly Thompson


Margarita Engle

Stephanie Hemphill

Novels about Poetry

You Don’t Even Know Me: Stories and poems about boys by Sharon G. Flake

Jumped In by Patrick Flores-Scott

The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door by Karen Finney Frock

Falling for You by Lisa Schroeder

About the Author

Anna Francesca Garcia is the education librarian for the Kansas City Public Library. She has worked at libraries in Nevada and Missouri for nine years. She earned her Master of Library and Information Sciences from the University of North Texas.

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