Verse novels & Poetry

Grades 4-6



By Robert Paul Weston

2008- Razorbill

Zorgamazoo is the story of an adventurous young girl; a shadowy, subterranean creature; a bizarre lottery; a mysterious map; some outrageous kidnappings; and a sport that brings together the finer points of cricket, swimming and chess. It also has lobotomies. To sum up, it is about saving the universe from boredom. And it rhymes—all 281 pages worth!

Keywords: Action and Adventure, Heroines, Humor, Imaginary Creatures, Rhyme, Rhythm, Sports, Verse novels


Brown Girl Dreaming

By Jacqueline Woodson

2014- Nancy Paulsen Books

In vivid poems, author Jacqueline Woodson shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child.

Keywords: African Americans, Childhood, Historical, Inspiration, Racism, Reading, United States, Writing, 1960s and 1970s


Down in the Bottom of the Bottom of the Box

By JonArno Lawson

2012- Porcupine’s Quill

Welcome to the world of JonArno Lawson, where sound rules supreme. It's a bizarre world, where wolves live on the moon, bears inhabit the sun and bleating lambs get stuck in traffic jams. Here Sleeping Beauty is an insomniac, Little Red Riding Hood is a wolf and Snow White just needed a friend to tell her to be wary of strangers.

Keywords: Alliteration, Animals, Assorted Poetry, Fairy Tales, Kids,  Wordplay