Novels in Verse for Kids

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If you loved the style of classics like "Love That Dog" by Sharon Creech and "Out of the Dust" by Karen Hesse, here's a list of many more novels in verse to try!


Eileen Spinelli, Joanne Lew-Vriethoff
Description: "Susie is jealous when her brother is deemed a town hero, so she finds solace in the poetry and reclusive lifestyle of Emily Dickinson"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: J FIC Spi
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2020
Skila Brown
Description: Carlos knows that when the soldiers arrive with warnings about the Communist rebels, it is time to be a man and defend the village, keep everyone safe. But Mama tells him not yet -- he's still her quiet moonfaced boy. The soldiers laugh at the villagers, and before they move on, a neighbor is found dangling from a tree, a sign on his neck: Communist. Mama tells Carlos to run and hide, then try to find her. Numb and alone, he must join a band of guerillas as they trek to the top of the mountain where Carlos's abuela lives. Will he be in time, and brave enough, to warn them about the soldiers? What will he do then? A novel in verse inspired by actual events during Guatemala's civil war.--Amazon.
Call Number: J FIC Bro
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2020
Mariko Nagai
Description: "Thirteen-year-old Mina Tagawa and her Japanese-American family are forced to evacuate their Seattle home and are relocated to an internment camp in Idaho, where they live for three years"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: J FIC Nag
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2020
Aimee Lucido
Description: Sixth-grader Emmy tries to find her place in a new school and to figure out how she can create her own kind of music using a computer.
Call Number: J FIC Luc
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2020
Nikki Grimes
Description: Preferring science and reading to the sports his father wants him to play, Garvey comforts himself with food and endures bullying before joining the school chorus, where he learns how to accept himself and bond with his father.
Call Number: J FIC Gri
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2020
Tamera Will Wissinger, Matthew Cordell
Description: In this novel told through poems, nine-year-old Sam loves fishing with his dad, so when his pesky little sister horns in on their fishing trip, he is none too pleased.
Call Number: J FIC Wis
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2020
Sharon Creech
Description: 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.
Call Number: J FIC Cre
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2020
Thanhha Lai
Description: Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.
Call Number: J FIC Lai
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2020
Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet, Hope Anita Smith, Lea Lyon
Description: A fictionalized account of the experiences of a Polish Jew, Moishe, who with his parents, brother, and sister, struggles to survive the Nazi invasion and Holocaust.
Call Number: J FIC Mos
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2020
Julie Sternberg, Matthew Cordell
Description: When nine-year-old Eleanor's beloved babysitter Bibi moves away to care for her ailing father, Eleanor must spend the summer adjusting to a new babysitter while mourning the loss of her old one.
Call Number: J FIC Ste
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2020
Marion Dane Bauer, Jennifer (Jennifer A.) Bell
Description: A little cat named Patches manages to push out a window screen and leave her house, chasing a falling leaf, and sets out to find a special place to call her own.
Call Number: J FIC Bau
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2020
Jasmine Warga
Description: Sent with her mother to the safety of a relative's home in Cincinnati when her Syrian hometown is overshadowed by violence, Jude worries for the family members who were left behind as she adjusts to a new life with unexpected surprises.
Call Number: J FIC War
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2020
Robert Paul Weston, Victor Rivas
Description: When Prince Puggly attends a ball in the Kingdom of Spiff, he is laughed at by all the Spiffs, except for the Princess of Spiff who helps him teach her fellow Spiffian citizens a lesson.
Call Number: J FIC Wes
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2020
K. A. Holt
Description: Told in verse in two voices, with a chorus of fellow students, this is a story of two girls, opposites in many ways, who are drawn to each other; Kate appears to be a stereotypical cheerleader with a sleek ponytail and a perfectly polished persona, Tam is tall, athletic and frequently mistaken for a boy, but their deepening friendship inevitably changes and reveals them in ways they did not anticipate.
Call Number: J FIC Hol
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2020
K. A. Holt
Description: A novel in verse about Kevin's journey from bully to being bullied, as he learns about friendship, family, and his talent for poetry.
Call Number: J FIC Hol
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2020
Robert Heidbreder, Madeline Kloepper
Description: "For the brother and sister in this story in verse, each day begins with a barnyard wakeup call. They are spending the summer on their grandparents' farm, where they collect eggs from the chicken coop, fill in for the farm dog by barking the cows home, and dance around the perfectly ripening watermelon growing in Grandma's garden. All their barnyard adventures happen in the company of Rexter, the rooster, Seed-Sack the mule and Ginger-Tea the farm dog--animal friends that will steal readers' hearts over the course of a carefree 'rooster summer'"--Jacket flap.
Call Number: J FIC Hei
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2020
Judith L Roth
Description: "Sara and her father start to heal from her mother's death when a white kitten lands on their doorstep"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: J FIC Rot
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2020
Roxane Orgill
Description: "It is the summer of 1775. The British occupy Boston and its busy harbor, holding residents captive and keeping a strong military foothold. The threat of smallpox looms, and the town is cut off, even from food supplies. Following the battles of Lexington and Concord, Congress unanimously elects George Washington commander in chief of the American armed forces, and he is sent to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to transform the ragtag collection of volunteer militiamen into America's first army. The war has so far been little more than a series of intermittent skirmishes, but Washington is in constant fear of attack--until he takes the offensive with results that surprise everyone, the British most of all"--Jacket flap.
Call Number: J FIC Org
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2020
Kwame Alexander
Description: 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.
Call Number: J FIC Ale
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2020
Laura Shovan
Description: "A story told in verse from multiple perspectives of the graduating fifth grade class of Emerson Elementary. The kids join together to try to save their school from being torn down to make way for a supermarket"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: J FIC Sho
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2020
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Another Day As Emily
Eileen Spinelli, Joanne Lew-Vriethoff
J FIC Spi
Little Cat's Luck
Marion Dane Bauer, Jennifer (Jennifer A.) Bell
J FIC Bau
Caminar
Skila Brown
J FIC Bro
Other Words For Home
Jasmine Warga
J FIC War
Dust Of Eden
Mariko Nagai
J FIC Nag
Prince Puggly Of Spud : And The Kingdom Of Spiff
Robert Paul Weston, Victor Rivas
J FIC Wes
Emmy In The Key Of Code
Aimee Lucido
J FIC Luc
Redwood And Ponytail
K. A. Holt
J FIC Hol
Garvey's Choice
Nikki Grimes
J FIC Gri
Rhyme Schemer
K. A. Holt
J FIC Hol
Gone Fishing : A Novel In Verse
Tamera Will Wissinger, Matthew Cordell
J FIC Wis
Rooster Summer
Robert Heidbreder, Madeline Kloepper
J FIC Hei
Hate That Cat
Sharon Creech
J FIC Cre
Serendipity & Me
Judith L Roth
J FIC Rot
Inside Out & Back Again
Thanhha Lai
J FIC Lai
Siege : How General Washington Kicked The British Out Of Boston And Launched A Revolution
Roxane Orgill
J FIC Org
It Rained Warm Bread : Moishe Moskowitz's Story Of Hope
Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet, Hope Anita Smith, Lea Lyon
J FIC Mos
The Crossover
Kwame Alexander
J FIC Ale
Like Pickle Juice On A Cookie
Julie Sternberg, Matthew Cordell
J FIC Ste
The Last Fifth Grade Of Emerson Elementary
Laura Shovan
J FIC Sho