If you like audiobooks (or are interested in giving them a try), check out SYNC. It's a free audiobook program for teens. For 16 weeks, you'll get "pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes." Check out the books for this first week:
It's National Poetry Month, a time when poems and poets get an extra bit of appreciation. Not to be overlooked are novels in verse. I like this simple description of the form from NoveList's Krista Biggs: "Novels in verse showcase a variety of poetic forms and techniques while telling great stories."
Keep reading for a list of titles that do just that.
AUDACITY BY MELANIE CROWDER: "A historical fiction novel in verse detailing the life of Clara Lemlich and her struggle for women's labor rights in the early 20th century in New York."
INSIDE OUT & BACK AGAIN BY THANHHA LAI: "Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama."
KARMA BY CATHY OSTLERE: "Fifteen-year-old half Hindu, half Sikh Maya, having traveled from Canada to New Delhi to put her mother's ashes in their final resting place, finds herself in the middle of chaos after Indira Gandhi is assassinated and must disguise her identity and rely on a boy she just met in order to be reunited with her father and remain safe."
AFTER THE KISS BY TERRA ELAN MCVOY: "A novel in verse which follows the thoughts and frustrations of Becca and Camille, both involved with Alec, as they go through their final semester of high school."
THE REALM OF POSSIBILITY BY DAVID LEVITHAN: "A variety of students at the same high school describe their ideas, experiences, and relationships in a series of interconnected free verse stories."
SOLD BY PATRICIA MCCORMICK: "Thirteen-year-old Lakshmi leaves her poor mountain home in Nepal thinking that she is to work in the city as a maid only to find that she has been sold into the sex slave trade in India and that there is no hope of escape."
UNDER THE MESQUITE BY GUADALUPE GARCIA MCCALL: "Throughout her high school years, as her mother battles cancer, Lupita takes on more responsibility for her house and seven younger siblings, while finding refuge in acting and writing poetry."
Since 1996, April has been declared National Poetry Month, a time to celebrate poetry and its influence in our culture. If you're a fan of this art form or are simply curious about it, keep on reading and get inspired.
WHAT MAKES A POEM A POEM?
If you've ever asked that question, watch this video. Educator Melissa Kovacs shares different forms of poetry in this short animated piece.
This is the original daily poetry series featuring new, unpublished poems, as well as a few classics. Sign up right here to get poems delivered to your inbox every day.
Here's another option for daily poetry geared specifically to high school students. This site shares a poem for every day of the school year. You can view all of those poems here. (This one is a personal favorite.)
This site is a great option when you're looking for a specific type of poem. You can browse by subject, occasion, poetic term, and more. Another resource this site offers is a page dedicated to audio and podcasts.
Spotify is known for streaming music, but you can also listen to poetry. Check out this playlist of Shakespeare's sonnets and this collection of poems by women.
Writer Austin Kleon is known for his newspaper blackout technique, which you can see here. Grab a newspaper, a marker, and give this a try yourself.
What are some of your favorite sources for poetry? Leave a comment and let us know!
WHO: Rainbow Rowell
WHAT: Author of young adult and adult fiction
WHEN: Born February 24, 1973
WHERE: Born in Omaha, Nebraska, where she still resides
WORK WE HAVE HERE AT LC:
Carry On: The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow: "Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen. That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right. Half the time, Simon can't even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor's avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there's a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon's face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here -- it's their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon's infuriating nemesis didn't even bother to show up."
Eleanor & Park: "Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try."
Fangirl: "Feeling cast off when her twin sister outgrows their shared love for a favorite celebrity, Cath, a dedicated fan-fiction writer, struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college while avoiding a surly roommate, bonding with a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words, and worrying about her fragile father."
Landline: "Georgie McCool knows her marriage has been in trouble for a long time and it may be finally at an end, despite their love for each other, but one night Georgie discovers a way to communicate with her husband in the past."
“You saved my life, she tried to tell him. Not forever, not for good. Probably just temporarily. But you saved my life, and now I'm yours. The me that's me right now is yours. Always.” (from Eleanor & Park)
“Sometimes writing is running downhill, your fingers jerking behind you on the keyboard the way your legs do when they can’t quite keep up with gravity.” (Fangirl)
“Georgie. You cannot be jealous of Dawn--that's like the sun being jealous of a light bulb.” (Landline)