Have you tried novels in verse with your students? These novel-length narratives are written in verse or poetry instead of prose. They have all the literary finesse of a standard novel but are typically faster reads. As a result, they can act as great confidence builders for your striving readers and might just spark a love of literature for those students who are more reluctant to pick up a book. Here are Booksource’s top ten bestselling novels in verse.


Love That Dog by Sharon Creech - Booksource Inside Out & Back Again - Booksource Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse - Booksource The Way A Door Closes by Hope Anita Smith - Booksource May B. by Caroline Starr Rose - Booksource


  1. Love That Dog (Grades 4-7, Level T, Lexile 1010)
  2. Inside Out and Back Again (Grades 5-8, Level U, Lexile 800)
  3. Out of the Dust (Grades 5-8, Level X)
  4. The Way a Door Closes (Grades 3-7)
  5. May B. (Grades 3-7, Lexile 680)
  6. All the Broken Pieces (Grades 6-9, Level Y, Lexile HL680)
  7. Planet Middle School (Grades 5-8, Level U, Lexile 680)
  8. Shark Girl (Grades 7-12, Level Z)
  9. The Watch that Ends the Night (Grades 6-10, Lexile 750)
  10. The Wild Book (Grades 5-9)


All the Broken Pieces - Booksource Planet Middle School by Nikki Grimes Shark Girlby Kelly Bingham  - Booksource The Watch That Ends The Night The Wild Book by Margarita Engle - Booksource