Programs for Teens
April is National Poetry Month!
If you've been in the Library this month, then you've seen my new book display and you know that April is National Poetry Month. If not, now you know! Not everyone thinks about poetry in the same way, and April is a chance to explore poetry and all it offers. Poetry does not necessarily mean lovey-dovey, rhyming prose, although it can. Poetry can also be free verse (non rhyming), structural like a concrete poem, or like Shakespearean sonnets or Haiku's, it can follow a very specific pattern. But poetry can also mean novels in verse, and this is personally my favorite kind poetry.
One of my favorite authors who write novels in verse is Ellen Hopkins. Many of her books focus on the myriad of problems and obstacles teens must face and hopefully overcome. Besides anything written by Ellen Hopkins (we do own quite a few of her award winning books) here are few other great examples of novels in verse found in the YA collection:
Glimpse By Carol Lynch Williams
Karma By Cathy Ostlere
My Book of Life By Angel By Martine Leavitt
Shark Girl By Kelly Bingham
So try something new this month, and don't be discourage if the book looks like it has a lot of pages...novels in verse read rather quickly, and you might even find yourself wanting more! !
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