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March 24th, 2008

Summer reading for 6 - 12 @ 11:07 am

Hello! I'm a university student applying for a summer job at my local library. It's mostly desk work but a large part of it entails running the youth summer reading program for ages 6 - 12. It will mostly be entertaining/keeping track of the participants. I think this year's theme is The Amazing Race/Read - you reach a location/pitstop for every 50 pages read. The books for the program have already been chosen but the list won't be released until June.

Problem: I haven't read a lot of kid's lit for several years! The last time I was reading at an elementary school level was when Harry Potter was first published. In other words, I'm a little out of date. I would like to go into my interview and, hopefully, the job with the ability to recommend some good kid lit books beyond what I myself read at that age.

My question to you is this: What books would you recommend for a summer reading program for kids age 6 - 12? The program runs the gambit, from non-fiction to historical to science fiction, whatever. You can name as many or as few titles as you want! I'd just like to have a good starting point for getting back into kid's lit.
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Date:March 24th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
I recently took a SLIS class called Materials for Youth. Here are all of the titles labeled as "childrens", as opposed to "young adult" that were listed in the syllabus.

Clements, Andrew. The Report Card. (2004).

DiCamillo, Because of Winn-Dixie (2000)

Gantos, Jack. Joey Pigza Loses Control. (2000).

Hiaasen, Carl. Hoot. (2004).

Lord, Cynthia. Rules. (2006).

Lowry, Lois. Gooney Bird Greene (2002)

Korman, Gordon. No More Dead Dogs (2000)

Ryan, Pam Munoz. Becoming Naomi Leon. (2004)

Soto, Gary. Taking Sides (2003)

Spinelli, Jerry. Crash (1996)

Alexander, Lloyd. The Book of Three (The Prydain Chronicles) (1999).

Anderson, M. T. Whales on Stilts. (2005).

Colfer, Eoin. Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl Series) (2002).

Dezago, Todd. Tellos: Reluctant Heroes (2001).

DiTerlizza, Tony &Black, Holly. The Field Guide (Spiderwick Chronicles) (2003).

Duane, Diane. So You Want to Be a Wizard (Young Wizards Series) (1983; 1996).

Funke, Cornelia. Inkheart (2003).

Nimmo, Jenny. Midnight for Charlie Bone. (Children of the Red King Series). (2003).

Scieszka, Jon. Knights of the Kitchen Table (The Time Warp Trio) (2004).

Wrede, Patricia. Dealing with Dragons (The Enchanted Forest Chronicles) (2002).
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Date:March 24th, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC)
Wow, thank you! I wasn't expecting such a large list from anyone! The course you took sounds really interesting.
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Date:March 25th, 2008 04:10 am (UTC)
In addition to the great list above, here are a few more titles off the top of my head...

For ages 6-8:
Magic Treehouse series, Mary Pope Osborne
Junie B. Jones series, Barbara Park (I am not crazy about these books, but they're super popular, so at least be aware of them...)
The Year of the Dog and its sequel, The Year of the Rat, Grace Lin
The fairy books, Daisy Meadows (there are a few different series- Rainbow Fairies, Weather Fairies, etc. 7-8 year old girls love them!)

For ages 8-10:
The Penderwicks, Jeanne Birdsall
Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls: Moving Day, Meg Cabot
The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick

For ages 10 and up:
Percy Jackson and the Olympians (series), Rick Riordan
Holes, Louis Sachar
The Wednesday Wars, Gary Schmidt
Maniac Magee, Jerry Spinelli
The Goose Girl, Shannon Hale (anything by Shannon Hale, really- she's fabulous!)
Everlost, Neal Shusterman
The Warriors series, Erin Hunter (I can't get into animal fantasy myself, but this series about warrior cats is much loved by my young patrons.)

Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer (it's a teen book/series but it's pretty much squeaky clean, and I've known many 12 year olds to be into it, so you might want to familiarize yourself!)

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