Notable Novels In Verse

The following is a love note to all authors writing novels in verse and prose.

Dear Authors,

Thank you! On behalf of English teachers everywhere, I’d like you to know how important your novels in verse are. From realistic fiction to historical fiction these books welcome readers at every level. Lyrical text draws them in before they reach the bottom of the first page. With these novels, all students, including novice readers, can experience the pride of finishing a 200 or 300 page book in just a few days. And for instruction, teaching the literary elements and poetry has never been easier with such heartfelt prose. My students and I will cherish your work again and again, and we look forward to more novels in this format.

In deep appreciation and admiration,


Here are a few favorites that fly off the shelf. Click on each title to learn more about these amazing books and authors!

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The Crossover

Sweetgrass Basket by Marlene Carvell

Sweetgrass Basket

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Inside Out and Back Again

The Red Pencil by Andrea David Pinkney 

The Red Pencil

The Crazy Man by Pamela Porter

The Crazy Man

 Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Brown Girl Dreaming


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