African American writers have been creating poetry for many generations. Poetry for young readers, in particular, is a more recent development with many wonderful gems now available to share with children and teens. Consider some of these outstanding examples of African American poetry collections.
The list begins:
Adedjouma, D. Ed.. 1996. The Palm of My Heart: Poetry by African American Children. New York: Lee & Low.
Adoff, Arnold. 2010. Roots and Blues, A Celebration. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Alexander, Elizabeth and Nelson, Marilyn. 2007. Miss Crandall’s School for Young Ladies and Little Misses of Color. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong.
Bryan, Ashley. 1997. Ashley Bryan's ABC of African American Poetry. New York: Atheneum.
Clinton, Catherine. Ed. 1998. I, Too, Sing America: Three Centuries of African American Poetry. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
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