Children Diversity Reading Challenge


Let’s celebrate Black History Month with Poetry

Poetry, you either love it or you hate it.Sometimes you get it sometimes you don’t. Even when you don’t get it you pretend like you do because you don’t want to look like a jerk who doesn’t understand poetry, right? As long as it rhymes, I like it. Everyone needs a poem in their pocket, right?

On the Bus with Rosa Parks, Poems by Rita Dove

The Tiger Who Wore White Gloves by Gwendolyn Brooks

Maya Angelou

Poetry for Young People by Langston Hughes

Guess who wrote this poem?

The crocodile cried. The lion sighed. The leopard sneered. The jaguar jeered. The antelope shouted. The panther pouted. Everyone screamed “We never dreamed that ever could be in history a tiger who loves to wear white gloves.”

Gwendolyn Brooks!


By Janeane Davis

Janeane is the Administrative Librarian at Unconventional Librarian began reading at age 5. Still an avid reader, the mother of four reads a wide range of titles from the Bible to business books. She can also be found at