40 Recommended Poetry Books

Our list of recommended reads for National Poetry Day 2020: 40 gorgeous new poetry books for all ages and stages to read, listen to and share.

The books – including autumn treats from Michael Rosen and Quentin Blake, Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris, Inua Ellams and Rachel Long – reflect a growing appetite for poetry that connects people and helps us feel less alone, particularly during the pandemic.

More than 20 publishers feature in the selection, which celebrates the diversity of poetry publishing with gorgeously illustrated new anthologies for children and adults, alongside how-to books for those seeking fresh approaches to contemporary poetry, as readers, performers and writers.

Click the images below for more information on the books in each list, and don’t forget our special reading group notes for libraries and book groups to download and share.


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We hope you’ll find lots to appeal, whatever your tastes. And keep an eye on the NPD blog too for interviews, features and the chance to win sets of these exciting books.