11 YA Poetry Collections For Young Readers

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11 YA Poetry Collections For Young, Aspiring Poets

These teenage and young adult poetry collections are for the younger audience looking to connect with similar narratives, subject matters, and engagement. It’s a great place for community, support, and beginning for aspiring poet or poetry enthusiasts.

This is our top 11 YA poetry collections from 2022-2023, enjoy!


Blue Ink Tears: A Collection of Poems By Roberto Germán

In this bilingual poetry collection, Roberto Germán, shares writing across 20 years of his life. The poems tell stories of love, relationships, race, identity, and everyday living. These subjects divide the book into three parts. The poetic forms include free verse, rhyme, haiku and more, all relatable and real with vivid detail.



Broken Loki By Loki Wizart

“Broken Loki” is a powerful and emotive poetry book that captures the essence of heartache and the agony of love and loss. Written by the talented poet and empath, Loki Wizart, the book draws inspiration from the shared experiences of people who have suffered from painful breakups.


And We Rise: The Civil Rights Movement in Poems By Erica Martin

A powerful, impactful, eye-opening journey that explores through the Civil Rights Movement in 1950s-1960s America in spare and evocative verse, with historical photos interspersed throughout.



The Denim Diaries: A Memoir By Laurie Boyle Crompton

In moving verse accompanied by diary-esque sketches, Crompton takes you along as she navigates relationships, plays the happy family at church despite discord at home, manages her mother’s ambitions and her father’s alcoholism, struggles with her self-image, and desperately tries to fit in at school by squeezing into too-tight designer denim.


Love and Heartache Moments By Deborah Ann Martin

Our first love is a special kind of love. We met the perfect person who was everything to us. We wrapped our whole lives around them, changing to fit into their world.



My Therapist Told Me to Write This: Poems for Our Daughters By Jenna Lee Schifferle

In My Therapist Told Me to Write This: Poems for Our Daughters, the narrator reminds us that there’s always someone out there who cares, even during our darkest hour. Written for a metaphoric daughter, this poetry collection illustrates what it means to keep going when your mental health wanes and your mind tells you to quit.




Nearer My Freedom: The Interesting Life of Olaudah Equiano by Himself By Monica Edinger and Lesley Younge

Millions of Africans were enslaved during the transatlantic slave trade, but few recorded their personal experiences. Olaudah Equiano’s The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano is perhaps the most well known of the autobiographies that exist. Using this narrative as a primary source text, authors Monica Edinger and Lesley Younge share Equiano’s life story in “found verse,” supplemented with annotations to give readers historical context.




Remind Me Again: Poems and Practices for Remembering Who We Are By Joe Davis

Poetry can offer reminders for ourselves, each other, and the world. Poet, artist, and educator Joe Davis has written a collection of 41 poems. They will inspire, challenge, and affirm readers from all stages of life.





Shine Light on Mental Fights By Charley Johnson

The majestic creature we know as the butterfly may not be large in size, but it is large and in meaning. From birth to caterpillar, to the formation of its cocoon. From the first subtle movements of the butterfly’s fragile wings, it holds important meaning. The butterfly holds the representation of hope, change, transformation, spiritual rebirth, and life.




Wearing My Mother’s Heart By Sophia Thakur

Sophia Thakur takes us on an emotionally charged journey through the lives of women in the past. It makes her consider what it means to be a woman today. Exploring topics such as identity, race, politics, mental health, and self-love, she weaves together the voices of a grandmother, mother, and daughter.



Who Rules the World in Wonderland? By Areej Khan

In her twelve years of life, this is the first time Areej must truly start to find a meaning in her life as she goes through major emotional and territorial changes. Everything and everyone around her is changing. There is no stable, solid ground for Areej to put her feet on.



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