Words with Wings by Nikki Grimes
I was rooting for Gabby, a daydreamer and outcast who just needed someone to believe in her when she moved to a new school after her parents' divorce. Grimes's words, like Gabby's, definitely had wings.
Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate
May B. by Caroline Starr Rose
This is one of my favorite novels in verse to recommend to kids new to the genre. It grabs their attention right away, and readers can't help but be swept up in May B.'s struggle to survive on the winter prairie.
Here are some videos with some of my favorite writers of novels in verse:
Thanhha Lai won the Newbery Honor and the National Book Award for Young People's Literature for her amazing novel in verse, Inside Out & Back Again in 2011.
I have some other favorites, but I'd love to hear about yours! I love helping kids discover novels in verse. It's important to give them strategies for reading this genre. Kids tend to read them too quickly or abandon them too soon. When they get the gist of how to read novels in verse, however, they can become an important and enjoyable part of students' reading repertoires.