Reading Riot: Celebrate Poetry with Books in Verse
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 Crowder
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
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.