Reading Riot: Celebrate Poetry with Books in Verse

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April is National Poetry Month  – the perfect time to connect with poetry and foster a love of language. The library has many outstanding poetry collections and books in verse.

Even this year’s Newbery Award winner, The Crossover, about 14-year-old twin basketball players, is a novel written in verse. Using free verse to describe the game’s intense energy and the brothers’ perceptive observations, Crossover challenges the idea that poetry is stuffy and hard to understand. Instead, poetry can be accessible and moving.

The reading of poetry can have a dramatic influence on our lives and culture. Get inspired! Check out some of these stories in verse available at the library.

Audacity by Melanie CrowderTeen boy spinning basketball

Because I am Furniture by by Thalia Chaltas

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Diamond Willow by Helen Frost

Harlem Hellfighters by J. Patrick Lewis

Hidden by Helen Frost

The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist by Margarita Engle

Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann

Words with Wings by Nikki Grimes

Happy Reading!

Ann McDuffie, Youth Services, Bealeton branch library


For book lists, program highlights and staff suggestions for young adult readers published prior to January 2015, visit Reading Riot, our blog about the best books, events and websites for teen.


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