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Novels in Verse

Novels in Verse

Do you like to read poetry?
April is National Poetry Month

 Read these books and see
all that a novel written in verse can be!

Has a teacher, librarian or parent asked you to diversify your reading? Meaning they don’t want you ONLY reading graphic novels or sci-fi? (What they mean is, try something different – read outside your normal box!) Try one of these books written in verse. Great stories in a quick to read version!


Books:

Moo Moo by Sharon Creech – Brand New! This uplifting tale reminds us that if we’re open to new experiences, life is full of surprises. Following one family’s momentous move from the city to rural Maine, an unexpected bond develops between twelve-year-old Reena and one very ornery cow.
Love That Dog Love That Dog by Sharon Creech – A young student, who comes to love poetry through a personal understanding of what different famous poems mean to him, surprises himself by writing his own inspired poem. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2003-2004, 4-6 Nominee.
Hate That Cat Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech – Jack is studying poetry again in school, and he continues to write poems reflecting his understanding of famous poems and how they relate to his life.
Brown Girl Dreaming Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson – Jacqueline Woodson, one of today’s finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. National Book Award 2014
The Crossover The Crossover by Kwame Alexander – Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.
Out of the Dust Out of the Dust by Sharon Hesse – In a series of poems, fourteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family’s wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression.
May B May B by Caroline Starr Rose – When a failed wheat crop nearly bankrupts the Betterly family, Pa pulls twelve-year-old May from school and hires her out to a couple new to the Kansas frontier. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2014-2015, 4-6 Nominee.
Words with Wings Words With Wings by Nikki Grimes – Gabby daydreams to tune out her parents’ arguments, but when her parents divorce and she begins a new school, daydreaming gets her into trouble. Her mother scolds her for it, her teacher keeps telling her to pay attention, and the other kids tease her…until she finds a friend who also daydreams and her teacher decides to work a daydreaming-writing session into every school day. With a notebook “thick withdaydreams,” Gabby grows more confident about herself and her future. This verse novel poignantly celebrates the power of writing and the inspiration a good teacher can deliver. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2016-2017, 4-6 Nominee.
The Red Pencil The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney – After her tribal village is attacked by militants, Amira, a young Sudanese girl, must flee to safety at a refugee camp, where she finds hope and the chance to pursue an education in the form of a single redpencil and the friendship and encouragement of a wise elder.

Books recommended by: Kristen Williams, guest blogger and former Indianapolis school teacher


The books on this page are chapter book stories…written in verse. You might not think of these kinds of books right away when you think of poetry. The word “poetry” probably makes you think of “Where the Sidewalk Ends” and Shel Silverstein. But these books are poetry too, and how amazing, an author writing a whole chapter book in verse! If you like these stories, here are some more:

Garvey's ChoiceApplesauce WeatherBookedCaminarFinding WondersUnboundBrains for LunchAll the Broken PiecesGone FishingInside Out and Back AgainLittle Dog LostPlanet Middle SchoolRunning With TrainsThe Wild Book
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Women’s History: Writers

Women’s History: Writers

“Stories, both real and imagined, show what girls can do. The stories of women’s lives, and the choices they made, encourage girls to think larger and bolder, and give boys and men a fuller understanding of the female experience.”

~National Women’s History Project

Brown Girl DreamingMiss Mary ReportingGirl from YamhillMy Own Two FeetZoraLooking BackLittle Author in the Big WoodsMaya AngelouBronte SistersLouisa May AlcottVoice of her OwnBylinesIda B WellsLibertys VoiceJudy BlumeWrite On MercyPhillis Sings Out FreedomWanda Gag

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Women’s History: Artists

Women’s History: Artists

“Stories, both real and imagined, show what girls can do. The stories of women’s lives, and the choices they made, encourage girls to think larger and bolder, and give boys and men a fuller understanding of the female experience.”

~National Women’s History Project


Beatrix Potter and her PaintboxCloth LullabyDorothea's EyesMary CassattPatience WrightSewing StoriesViva FridaThrough Georgia's EyesMy Name is GeorgiaRestless SpiritStand There She ShoutedImogen

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Homework Help: Autobiographies

Homework Help: Autobiographies

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Biographies are books written about a person’s life. Autobiographies are a special kind of biography, they are written by the person himself or herself. Nobody can tell the story better than the person who lived it!

Drawing From Memory

Allen Say is an author of many books based on things that happened in his life. In Drawing From Memory, Mr. Say tells the story of how he became a maker of books. He tells it in very few words and with lots of photographs and drawings.

Believe it or not, Mr. Say moved out of his family’s house and into an apartment when he was 12 years old! At that time he became an apprentice to a master Japanese cartoonist and the two remained dedicated friends until Sensei Shinpei died at the age 87. Sensei Shinpei lived to see Mr. Say become a Caldecott Medal winner for his illustrations. He referred to Mr. Say as, “the treasure of my life.” 

Listed below are several more autobiographies. Many of them are by your favorite authors like Gary Paulsen and Roald Dahl and Jacqueline Woodson. It makes sense that an author would write their own biography!

Bill Peet was born in Grandview, Indiana. He grew up in Indianapolis. His autobiography is an all-time favorite. It is full of his drawings because Bill was an artist. He wrote and illustrated many picture books and was also an animator for Walt Disney. He worked on many classic Disney movies like Dumbo, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmatians and many more. He had many creative adventures with Walt Disney himself, who was his boss. If you look carefully in his book you can pick out some Indianapolis landmarks.


eBooks & eAudio:

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26 Fairmount AvenueA Girl from YamhillCheaper by the DozenLooking BackMy Life in Dog YearsMy Life with the ChimpanzeesMy Own Two FeetBrown Girl DreamingRascalRoald Dahl BoySmall Steps the Year I Got Polio

Print Books:

Animals are WelcomeAnne Frank the Diary of a Young GirlBill PeetChasing SpaceCondoleezza RiceDon't Tell the GirlsDown a Sunny Dirt RoadEnchanted AirFine LinesFiretalkingFlora and TigerForward My StoryGutsI Got This to Gold and BeyondKnots in My Yo Yo StringKnuckleadsLittle Tiger in the Chinese NightLong Walk to FreedomOn the Way HomeOsceola Memories of a Sharecropper's CaughterThe Boy in the Wooden BoxThe Days Before NowThe Tarantula in My PurseThrough My EyesTo DanceUnder My NoseUnder the Royal PalmsWoodsongWords to My Life's Song
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