17 YA Free Verse and Poetry Books for National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month is coming in April – get your secondary students excited with this Digital Booktalk of  YA free verse and poetry books! This one features 17 books for Grades 7+ in this scrolling slideshow for secondary libraries.

This YA Free Verse and Poetry Digital Booktalk includes books for middle school and high school readers. Many titles are recommended for Grades 7+, but if you are a middle school librarian, you’ll want to have a look at the 9-12 titles.

The YA Free Verse and Poetry Digital Booktalk is editable, so you can easily replace books in the presentation titles from your library. Use Goodreads, Amazon, or Google Images to copy book covers into your Digital Booktalk slides.

The link below is for Google Slides, but if you prefer PowerPoint, you can find the PPT version of this Green Covers Digital Booktalk in my Free Resource Library (subscribe to get the password via email).


The booktalk slideshow is editable in Google Slides. Please feel free to make a copy and edit it for your library as you wish. I’ve included lots of popular books that are found in many libraries, but you can easily add your own library books, too.

Play the slides on a timed loop in the library or hallway to encourage students to check out your library’s YA free verse and poetry titles.

To download the digital booktalk presentation, click the link underneath the slideshow below. Click “make a copy” when the message pops up to make a copy in your Google Drive. You can then edit it to include books from your school library.

I included some fantastic titles below, many of which have starred professional reviews. Some have also won book awards, so it can also make a great collection development tool. I also plan to update these slides from time to time to add new titles!


To edit this YA Free Verse and Poetry Digital Booktalk, click this link and “Use Template” for your Google Drive.


Want more Digital Bulletin Boards for secondary libraries? I have lots! I’ve linked two poetry-related Digital Bulletin Boards for secondary libraries below.

The slide sizes and designs of this Digital Booktalk are compatible with the Digital Bulletin Boards linked below. You can copy and paste the Digital Booktalk slides into most of my Digital Bulletin Boards, including the ones linked below.

The slideshow above is in Google Slides. If you prefer PowerPoint, you can find the PowerPoint versions of all my Digital Booktalks in my Free Resource Library. The password to the Free Resource Library changes from time to time. You can subscribe to get the current password via email.


    This Shakespeare Digital Bulletin Board is for Grades 7-12. Scroll library or school announcements on a screen in the library or hallways.    This YA Free Verse and Poetry Digital Booktalk is for Grades 7-12. Perfect for National Poetry Month!

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