Tuesday, October 11, 2022

RA RA Read: Quick Reads: Books in Verse for Elementary and Middle Grade

When I originally made this list in 2016, this wasn't a very big category. There were few novels in verse for middle grade readers and even fewer of those available at my library, as it was not a popular genre. Over the years, there have been more options published and I've found a little more of an audience for them especially in the school book clubs I supply and expanded the list a little more. There are more out there than are listed here, but these are titles owned by my library:

Younger Titles (Younger Elementary)
  • Little Dog Lost; Little Cat's Luck by Marion Dane Bauer
  • Blue Daisy by Helen Frost
  • The Dancing Pancake; Where I live by Eileen Spinelli
  • Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie by Julie Sternberg (first in a series)
Middle Grade Titles
  • Crossover; Booked by Kwame Alexander
  • Odder by Katherine Applegate
  • Rez Dogs by Joseph Bruchac
  • Love that Dog; Hate that cat by Sharon Creech
  • Flipping forward twisting backward by Alma Fullerton
  • Macy McMillan and the rainbow goddess by Shari Green
  • What about Will by Ellen Hopkins
  • Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
  • T4 by Ann Clare Lezotte
  • Emmy in the key of code by Aimee Lucido
  • Other words for home by Jasmine Warga
  • Brown Girl Dreaming and Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson

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