In SLJ: Verse Novelists Forge a Unique Connection with Young Readers
Hop on over to School Library Journal’s site to see my recent article Verse Novelists Forge a Unique Connection with Young Readers and the accompanying book list 10 Books Showcasing the Power, Emotion, and Creativity of Verse.
Novels in verse can be a revelation to readers. Connected poems tell the whole story while also playing with format. Often character-driven and addressing emotional topics, these books invite readers to savor language while delving into moving and innovative narratives.
The rhythm of a verse novel creates a compelling way of experiencing the story. Readers often slow down and linger on the words and images in front of them instead of racing toward the next plot revelation. Verse novels may also engage readers who shy away from prose novels.
The article features interviews with authors Kip Wilson, Dean Atta, Reem Faruqi, Rajani LaRocca, Chris Baron, Joy McCullough, K.A. Holt, and Candice Iloh.
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