Although much of the poetry published for young people is full of rhyme, most contemporary poets also write plenty of free verse or non-rhyming poetry. And although this form does not rhyme, it often has a rhythm and structure that is quite metrical and musical. Young readers and listeners enjoy both forms and should experience a wide variety of each. Here are just a handful of examples of poetry books containing free verse by some of our biggest names in poetry for youth.
The list begins:
Adoff, Arnold. 2000. Touch the Poem. New York: Blue Sky Press.
Creech, Sharon. 2001. Love That Dog. New York: HarperCollins.
Dotlich, Rebecca Kai and Lewis, J. Patrick. 2006. Castles: Old Stone Poems. Ill. by Dan Burr. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press.
Fletcher, Ralph J. 2006. Moving Day. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong/Boyds Mills.
George, Kristine O’Connell. 2009. Emma Dilemma: Big Sister Poems. Il. by Nancy Carpenter. New York: Clarion.
Greenfield, Eloise. 1978. Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems. New York: HarperCollins.
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