Book Crush: For Kids and Teens -Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Interest
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From picture books to chapter books, YA fiction and nonfiction, Nancy Pearl has developed more thematic lists of books to enjoy. The Book Lust audience is committed to reading, and here is a smart and entertaining tool for picking the best books for kids. Divided into three sections—Easy Books, Middle-Grade Readers, and Young Adult—Nancy Pearl makes wonderful reading connections by theme, setting, voice, and ideas. For horse lovers, she reminds us of the mainstays in the category (Black Beauty, Misty of Chincoteague, etc.) but then in a creative twist connects Mr. Revere and I to the list. In a list called Chapter One, she answers the proverbial question: which chapters books are the most compelling for kids who are now ready to move beyond picture books. And who says picture books aren’t deep? Recommended Folk Tales sort out many of life’s dilemmas and issues of good and bad; a selection of picture books on Death and Dying introduces this topic with sensitivity; and You’ve Got a Friend offers up books for early readers that show the complexities and the pleasures of relating to others. Parents, teachers, and librarians are often puzzled by the unending choices for reading material for young people. It starts when the kids are toddler and doesn’t end until high-school graduation. What’s good, what’s trash, what’s going to hold their interest? Nancy Pearl, America’s favorite librarian, points the way in Book Crush.
subcategory of folk tales. And they’re pure joy, both to read and to tell.These tales just go to show that foolishness exists in countries all over the world. There’s a universality in the realization that we’ve all done something foolish at least once in N O O D l e H e a D S T O R I e S rolling with the best of them at their nighttime concerts, and you just might come up with Punk Farm, written and amusingly illustrated by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. (This is an especially apt choice for young
the World by M. A. Jagendorf, which is a good resource for adults working with children this age, but not an especially appealing book for kids. You might also want to take a look at the “Tall Tales” category in this section. One P iC T U Re iS w O RTH a TH OUSand w ORdS Anno’s Journey; Anno’s Italy; and Anno’s Spain by Mitsumasa Anno A Boy, a Dog, a Frog, and a Friend; Frog on His Own; Frog Goes to Dinner; and others by Mercer Mayer The Boy, the Bear, the Baron, the Bard by Gregory Rogers
wonderful picture of a supportive family). I find it interesting that most of the books I describe in this category could also just as easily fall under the heading of “fantasy.” It makes me wonder if it is no longer possible to develop selfknowledge without the help of a wizard. Still, these books touch on significant themes, and, most important, are quite enjoyable reading. In Dia Calhoun’s Aria of the Sea, thirteen-year-old Cerinthe Gale must choose between two possible careers: becoming the
N? D e w e Y e V e R! 11 00s B OOK CRUS H: mIDD le-gRaD e ReaDe RS 11 Susan E. Goodman’s text and photographs by Dorothy Handelman strikingly demonstrate how inventions (like umbrellas or camouflage clothing) have been borrowed from nature in Nature Did It First! If only every kid could have Ms. Frizzle for a science teacher— using the Magic School Bus, she helps the students in her class explore various topics in books such as The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks, The Magic School Bus
Homer Price by Robert McCloskey, is one of the not-to-be-missed experiences of childhood. Whether it’s the tale of a lost diamond bracelet in a donut shop, the one about a bet involving a BIG ball of yarn, or the story of a skunk that proves useful in apprehending some criminals, Homer’s escapades have delighted readers since they were originally published way back in 1943. Because Philip Pullman’s best-known books are those in the His Dark Materials trilogy (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife,