21st Century Kids: Embrace Diversity Through Poetry

Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library,
Young person speaking with enthusiasm in front of his classroom
“Poetry may make us laugh or cry. It may make us wonder or help us to understand. It shares what’s in our hearts. There is no wrong way to write poetry. Poetry is your story.”—Excerpted from the book What is Poetry? by Trudi Strain Trueit

There is power in poetry, as it can relay to others your feelings and what you care about. The world needs more young voices to use their words to bring unity. Here are some poetic selections to explore from a diverse group of voices.

Diversity Through Poetry

What Is Poetry?
Trueit, Trudi Strain

Raphael, Solli

Bravo!: Poems About Amazing Hispanics
Engle, Margarita

One Last Word: Wisdom From the Harlem Renaissance
Grimes, Nikki

Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks
Slade, Suzanne

Woke: A Young Poet's Call to Justice
L. Browne, Mahogany

Blue Sky White Stars
Naberhaus, Sarvinder

A Full Moon is Rising: Poems
Singer, Marilyn

Go Show the World: A Celebration of Indigenous Heroes
Kinew, Wab, 1981-

The Poetry of US