While many books are being read in room 235D this year, one format reigns supreme no matter what; free verse. These brilliant books with their impactful, but shorter, text is one of the biggest tools I have in getting students reconnected with reading. There are a few reasons for this; students who are building up stamina in their reading concentration can stay focused with a faster-paced story, students where “regular” books intimidate them do not feel as overwhelmed due to less text on the page, and finally; the stories are enchanting. So what have some of our favorite free verse books been?
This list would not be made possible without the incredible book The Crossover by
Another book by Kwame Alexander, Booked just kept the excitement going. For this soccer-loving classroom, this book is never on the shelf for long.
The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life also by Kwame Alexander is technically not free verse, but my students categorize it as such. Interspersed with quotes and stories, this book has also been on heavy rotation.