Holidays bring such magic. I hope you're feeling it. Congratulations to Elizabeth Steinglass on the upcoming publication of her new book, Soccerverse (Wordsong 2019). She is graciously hosting our round-up this week at her blog. Thank you, Liz!
Last week, I spent several amazing days with the Virginia Association of School Librarians to celebrate, talk shop and trade ideas about librarianship. I so enjoy the battery charge I get from VAASL
My presentation partner, author and librarian Nancy Silcox, and I presented Recommended Reading by Virginia Librarians for Middle Grade Social Studies 1865-present.
Nancy and I talked dozens of books that Teacher Librarians and Social Studies teachers can collaborate on...with. The following books in verse are included.
May B. by Caroline Starr Rose
Three Rivers Rising: a novel of the Johnstown Flood by Jame Richards
Carver: a life in poems by Marilyn Nelson
Audacity by Melanie Crowder
Silver People by Margarita Engle
The Watch That Ends the Night by Alan Wolf
Talkin' Bout Bessie by Nikki Grimes
Josephine by Patricia Hruby Powell
Schomburg: the man who built a library by Carole Boston Weatherford
One Last Word by Nikki Grimes
Roots & Blues by Arnold Adoff
The Trial by Jen Bryant
Aleutian Sparrow by Karen Hesse
You Can Fly: the Tuskegee Airmen by Carole Boston Weatherford
Dust of Eden by Mariko Nagai
Jazz Owls by Magarita Engle
Death Coming Up the Hill by Chris Crowe*
All the Broken Pieces by Ann Burg
A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Loving vs. Virginia: a documentary novel of the landmark civil rights case by Patricia Hruby Powell
Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon by Suzanne Slade
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Enchanted air: two cultures, two wings: a memoir by Margarita Engle
*This book has content more mature than most for middle grade. It was presented as a book for teachers to read.
It was a joy sharing the power of poetry to provide experience...to paint history in a way that students can understand. Poetry seems to be enjoying a moment in today's kidlit world--including education. Verse can absolutely do the heavy lifting of history learning. Spread the word!
If there are titles you would like added to this bibliography for books in verse related to US History 1865-present click here.