Poetry – Category Description

Poetry is tiny but mighty in nominations. From words that rhyme, words that flow and shape emotions on all different topics to poetic forms, the Poetry Genre is home to a veritable stew of entries. These books will appeal to the very young, middle grade and/or young adults.

What belongs in Poetry? Anthologies and poetry collections written by various authors or a single author should be nominated. They can include illustrations or not. If the words on the page sing to kids of all ages and it is a collection of poems, Poetry is the category.

Beautifully written novels  in verse belong in MG Fiction or YA Fiction, while a single poem with luscious illustrations belongs in Picture Books.

This year,  Poetry is accepting poetry collections born as ebooks.

Poems come in endless styles and forms, shapes and sizes. If you have a collection that appeals to kids be sure to nominate it. The panelists are eagerly waiting to read what you nominate.

— Jone MacCulloch