The 2019 Reading Challenges are here!  Are you struggling with what to read in the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Reading Challenge categories? We can help! Throughout the year, we will highlight several juvenile, YA, and adult fiction (or non-fiction) books in most of the categories.

These aren’t the only books we have available in each category but are ideas that can help you spark inspiration, help clarify the category, and (hopefully) make your decision easier.


We’re continuing our discussion of books with the category “A Book of Poetry.”


Under the Dewey Decimal System, poetry typically is classified as “non-fiction.” Below are a few selected poetry titles in our collection, but more may be found in the Non-Fiction section in the 800s.

Adult Non-Fiction

Shout by Laurie Anderson, Call Number: 811 ANDERSON, LAURIE

Doggerel: Poems About Dogs by Carmela CiuraruCall Number: 811 CIURARU, CARMELA

Women of the PlainsCall Number: 811 EARTHLY

To What Miserable Wretches Have I Been Born? Revenge Poetry for Babies and Toddlers by Suzanne Weber, Call Number 811 WEBER, SUZANNE

Emerson: Collected Poems and Translations by Ralph EmersonCall Number: 811.3 EMERSON, RALPH

Chasing Weather: Tornadoes, Tempests, and Thunderous Skies in Word and Image by Caryn Mirriam-GoldbergCall Number: 811.54 MIRRIAM-GOLDBERG, CARYN

Field Guide to the End of the World by Jeannine GaileyCall Number: 811.6 GAILEY, JEANNINE

Triangles by Ellen Hopkins (this is the only Fiction book on the list), Call Number: F Hopkins, Ellen

Juvenile Non-Fiction

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Roger’s Neighborhood by Fred Rogers, Call Number: J 811 ROGERS, FRED

We are Shining by Gwendolyn BrooksCall Number: J 811.52 BROOKS, GWENDOLYN

If it Rains Pancakes: Haiku and Lantern Poems by Brian ClearyCall Number: J 811.54 CLEARY, BRIAN

Harlem: A Poem by Walter MyersCall Number: J 811.54 MYERS, WALTER

A Light in the Attic by Shel SilversteinCall Number: J 811 SILVERSTEIN, SHEL

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