To honor National Poetry Month, I wanted to share a list of some of my favorite verse novels for kids and teens. I’ve included links to my local independent bookstore (Powell’s), but these can be found at all major bookstores.
Verse novels are amazing in so many ways, but especially if you have a reluctant reader or a child who loves poetry. I highly recommend not only these books, but others written by these authors. They are award winning and life-changing.
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Heartbeat by Sharon Creech
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhna Lai
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (one of my favorite authors of all time)
Planet Middle School by Nikki Grimes
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (one of my favorite books of all-time)