This is a wonderful post on always wonderful Nerdy Book Club today. I not only appreciate the fantastic list of books and the commentary about them, but the additional material included (excerpts, teacher resources), is bonus for connecting these books with kids. I’ve read a few. Two are personal favorites. Must read some more of them, obviously.
For many kids, “poetry” is a dirty word. Plenty of my own students tune out, glaze over, roll their eyes, or outwardly groan at its mere mention—but that’s a Nerdy Book Club post of it’s own. When getting the right book (sometimes any book!) into the hands of the right reader can be such a challenge, finding a way to invest students in poetry can be an uphill battle. For some readers, the gateway might just be fiction, and verse novels are a fantastic blend of poetic form and fiction narrative. So, in celebration of National Poetry Month, I give you ten of my favorite novels in verse. Happy reading!
May B. by Caroline Starr Rose
Written in free verse, May B. tells the story of Mavis Betterly, a 12-year-old girl living on the Kansas frontier with her family. After a poor harvest, May’s father removes her from…
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