Here are selected books of poetry and books written in free verse for the classroom with a multicultural, social justice focus. Also included are books for children about poets.
The best book on teaching poetry is Rhythm and Resistance: Teaching Poetry for Social Justice, edited by Linda Christensen and Dyan Watson of Rethinking Schools.
Feedback on these lists and suggestions for additional titles are welcome. Most of the books on these lists are linked for more information or purchase to Powells, an independent, union labor bookstore. Titles with reviews on this site are noted with an asterisk(*).