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)

Happy reading!

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