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20 Novels in Verse to Celebrate National Poetry Month

Poetry comes in all sorts of different forms --- there are pithy limericks, romantic Shakespearean sonnets, epics that span hundreds of pages and even slam poems, specifically designed to be spoken aloud.

At, we’re particularly partial to the verse novel, which encompasses all of the best things about standard novels --- strong characters, interesting plot-lines, beautiful description --- but does so with spare, rich verses, rather than with prose. Poetry lovers can find their niche here, as can reluctant readers, as can those who simply want a wonderful story.

We’ve rounded up 20 of our favorite young adult and middle grade "verse" novels that have been published in the past few years, those addressing a specific moment in history like SILVER PEOPLE: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle to those delving into deeply personal issues like RUMBLE by Ellen Hopkins. Whether poetry is your favorite genre or you’d rather read your parents’ tax forms, we guarantee you that you’ll find something you love in this bookshelf.

Happy Poetry Month!