Reader's Roundtable Episode 24: April is National Poetry Month!

In this episode our social distancing selection specialists meet up to talk poetry, other current reads, and baking.

Cheryl’s picks:

Academy of American Poets

A Good Cry by Nikki Giovanni

Bodega: Poems by Su Hwang

The Tiny Journalist: Poems by Naomi Shihab Nye

What We Carry by Dorianne Laux

A Primer on Parallel Lives by Dan Gerber

Delights and Shadows by Ted Kooser

The Death of Sitting Bear by N. Scott Momaday

Sharks in the Rivers: Poems by Ada Limon

Bright Dead Things: Poems by Ada Limon

The Carrying: Poems by Ada Limon

Recollections of My Nonexistence by Rebecca Solnit

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

The Bread Bible by Beth Hensperger

Zingerman’s Bakehouse by Amy Emberling


Mari Picks:

If I was the Sunshine by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Loren Long

A House That Once Was by Julie Fogliano, Lane Smith

When’s My Birthday by Julie Fogliano, Christian Robinson

When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for all Seasons by Julie Fogliano, Julie Morstad

My First Book of Haiku translated by Esperanza Ramirez Christensen, illustrated by Tracey Gallup

Poetry for Kids series: in Hoopla

·        Robert Frost

·        Walt Whitman

·        Emily Dickinson

·        Carl Sandburg

Breathe And Be: A Book of Mindfulness Poems by Kate Coombs and Anna Emilia Laitinen

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi—the link includes Kendi’s National Book Award winner, Stamped from the Beginning, that this teen title is based on.

Skipping Stones: A Multicultural Literary Magazine

National Council of Teachers of English 2020 Notable Poetry Books and Verse Novels


Jessica’s Picks

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets by Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth

 Instructions by Neil Gaiman, also available in:

·        M is for Magic

·        Fragile Things

The Lake Michigan Mermaid by Linda Nemec Foster, Anne Mare Oomen, and Illustrated by Meredith Ridl

The Poetry of Pablo Neruda

·        Truly, Madly, Deeply starring Juliet Stevenson and Alan Rickman (1991) includes a section of “La Muerta”—this movie is not currently available at CADL but once starts working again it’s requestable that way.

come see about me, Marvin by Brian Gilmore

Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong

This Town Sleeps by Dennis Staples

Sister Pie by Lisa Ludwinski

Unlocking Us podcast by Brené Brown

·        Glennon Doyle and Brené on Untamed