Wednesday Round Up: Books in Verse
Taking a look at 2024 Newbery contenders, there are a large amount of books in verse. And when I look at the list in whole, I’m impressed with the variety of verse novels this year. Writers are really showing how verse can be taken in many directions. Interestingly enough, if books in verse won all the Newbery honors and the medal- there still would be a variety of book types as winners.
Looking at our nomination list, we have five books in verse nominated:
EB & FLOW (multiple voices, excellent delineation of character, but does it fit all six Newbery criteria?)
THE SONG OF US (received a lot of suggestions, but only two nominations so far- Fussner tackles a lot in this book with verse, a retelling of Orpheus and Eurydice and queer romance… does she tackle too much?)
GOOD DIFFERENT (a book in verse that dives deeply into neurodivergence and feelings– is it an accurate deep dive?)
WHEN CLOUDS TOUCH US (sequel to Newbery honor winner INSIDE OUT AND BACK AGAIN… contains most of the same strengths of the first… is a repeat in Lai’s future?)
MIRROR TO MIRROR (another two voices verse book, portraying twins relationships with one another and themselves… more excellent delineation of character here)
and three verse novels suggested but not yet nominated. NEARER MY FREEDOM, ANIANA DEL MAR JUMPS IN and NO MATTER THE DISTANCE.
Do you have thoughts on any of the above books? Or other books in verse that might not be on our radar yet?
Take a look at our past Wednesday round ups here and stay tuned for next weeks one on top nominated titles.
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About Emily Mroczek-Bayci
Emily Mroczek (Bayci) is a freelance children’s librarian in the Chicago suburbs. She served on the 2019 Newbery committee. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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