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The 2015 Nerdies: Poetry and Novels in Verse Winners Announced by Mary Lee Hahn

 

Congratulations to the 2015 Nerdy Book Club Award Winners for Best Poetry and Novels in Verse!

 

2015 NERDY POETRY — DI-VERSE

 

DIVERSE ETHNICITIES — we celebrate

DIVERSE HISTORIES — we remember

DIVERSE FAMILIES — we experience

DIVERSE WORLD — we glorify

 

 

DIVERSE ETHNICITIES — WE CELEBRATE

 

28 days

 

28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World

by Charles R. Smith, illus. by Shane W. Evans

Roaring Brook Press

author’s website: http://charlesrsmithjr.com/

28 notable men and women in African-American history to be honored during Black History Month and celebrated throughout the year.

 

 
flutter and hum

 

Flutter and Hum/ Aleteo y Zumbido

by Julie Paschkis

Henry Holt and Co.

author’s website: http://juliepaschkis.com/

Gorgeously illustrated animal poems written in both Spanish and English.

 

 

DIVERSE HISTORIES — WE REMEMBER

 

 

audacity

 

Audacity

by Melanie Crowder

Philomel Books

author’s website: http://melaniecrowder.net/

A novel in verse inspired by the real-life story of Clara Lemlich, a Jewish immigrant from Russia who worked for women’s labor rights at the turn of the century.

 

 

my seneca village

 

My Seneca Village

by Marilyn Nelson

namelos

author’s website: http://marilyn-nelson.com/

Voices from the multi-ethnic, multi-racial 19th century Manhattan neighborhood of Seneca Village, which was destroyed to make Central Park.

 

 

paper hearts

 

Paper Hearts

by Meg Wiviott

Margaret K. McElderry Books

author’s website: http://megwiviott.com/index2.php#/home/

A novel in verse based on the true story of two girls who survived Auschwitz through bravery and the strength of their friendship.

 

 

blue birds

 

Blue Birds

by Caroline Starr Rose

G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

author’s website: http://carolinestarrrose.com

Set in 1587 on the island of Roanoke, this novel in verse tells a story of friendship between an English girl and a native girl.

 

 

death of the hat

 

The Death of The Hat: A Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects

selected by Paul B. Janeczko

Candlewick

author’s website: http://www.paulbjaneczko.com/

A unique look at the history of poetry through the lens of objects that reflect the time in which each poet lived.

 

 

DIVERSE FAMILIES — WE EXPERIENCE

 

 
enchanted air

 

Enchanted Air Two Cultures Two Wings A Memoir

by Margarita Engle

Atheneum Books for Young Readers

author’s website: http://www.margaritaengle.com/

A memoir in verse about the two cultures of the author’s childhood — Cuba and Los Angeles during the cold war.

 

 

full cicada moon

 

Full Cicada Moon

by Marilyn Hilton

Dial Books

author’s website: http://www.marilynhilton.com/

A novel in verse about identity — about  being biracial in 1969 in Vermont, and about being a girl who wants to take shop and be an astronaut.

 

 

house arrest

 

House Arrest

by K.A. Holt

Chronicle Books

author’s website: http://kaholt.com/

A novel in verse detailing a year in the life of Timothy, a seventh grader who is on house arrest for stealing a wallet — the wrong thing done for all the right reasons.

 

 

DIVERSE WORLD — WE GLORIFY

 

 

nat geo nature poetry

 

National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry

selected by J. Patrick Lewis

National Geographic Children’s Books

author’s website: http://www.jpatricklewis.com/

More than 200 nature-related poems selected by former Children’s Poet Laureate, J. Patrick Lewis and illustrated with gorgeous National Geographic photos.

 

 

sweep up the sun

 

Sweep Up the Sun

by Helen Frost and Rick Lieder

Candlewick

authors’ websites: http://www.helenfrost.net/

http://www.bugdreams.com/
This single poem illustrated with stunning photographs is about the importance of taking flight, both literal and metaphorical.

 

 

Mary Lee Hahn is a 5th grade teacher in Dublin, Ohio. Her poetry has been published in the Poetry Friday anthologies, Dear Tomato: An International Crop of Food and Agriculture Poems, and The National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry. Her website is maryleehahn.com, she blogs with Franki Sibberson at A Year of Reading, and she can be found on Twitter @MaryLeeHahn.