Well-Versed: Poetry Month Listens for Teens

April is National Poetry Month! We’re celebrating poets and their craft with audiobooks-in-verse and poetry collections that beautifully capture feelings about identity, love, and growth. Budding young wordsmiths, prepare to be inspired:

Home is Not a Country, a novel-in-verse, is a mesmerizing journey of family, identity, and finding yourself in the most unexpected places is filled with lyrical beauty and stunning strength.

With gritty and heartbreaking honesty, author and narrator Mahogany L. Browne delivers Chlorine Sky: a novel-in-verse about broken promises, fast rumors, and when growing up means growing apart from your best friend.

When the Stars Wrote Back is a compilation of short, powerful poems from Instagram sensation Trista Mateer and narrated by Brittany Pressley that shines beauty and insight into relationships, love, growing up, and learning to cope.

Author: Lisa Fipps
Read By: Jenna Lamia

Ellie is tired of being fat-shamed and does something about it in Starfish, a poignant debut novel-in-verse. Ever since Ellie made a big splash at her fifth birthday party, she’s been bullied about her weight. In the water, she can stretch herself out like a starfish and take up all the room she wants.

If your house were on fire, what one thing would you save? Newbery Medalist Linda Sue Park explores different answers to this provocative question in The One Thing You’d Save, an audiobook of linked poems that capture the diverse voices of a middle school class.

Author: Candice Iloh
Read By: Candice Iloh

When Ada leaves home for her freshman year at a Historically Black College, it’s the first time she’s ever been so far from her family. As she stumbles deeper into the world of dance and explores her sexuality, she also begins to wrestle with her past.

For more poetry listens for kids, teens, and adults visit our full poetry collection.