I got a book, 100 Years of Children’s Books in America as a reference for books for the boys. Also I love the study of Child’s Books (books like The Magic Kingdom are fascinating to me). So 100 Years serves a dual purpose; it was an interesting look at Children’s Lit decade by decade and also a great collection of notable titles many I had not ever heard of; it also includes a list of all the Newbery and Caldecott award winning books and Honor books. Everyone knows how I love a good book list.
I have a dear dear friend that has 9 children, ranging from 18 months to 20 years; and she has GIRLS something I do not have, and older kids (of course) that read. I had a great time, and eventually loaned her the book, noting book I thought some of her children and teens might be interested in, in addition to creating quite a list to add to my ‘books to look at for the boys’ list. As I took note of more books for her teen girls I realized there were a lot of ‘young adult’ books that I had missed in my own youth.
Thus started my current reading tread. I am ‘catching up on’ award winning, or notable, young adult fiction that I have never read. I am having so much fun. The books are quality if not challenging. The stories are honest and not ‘complex for the sake of being complex’. I can read an entire novel in a day or maybe 3; it is fast and satisfying.
I am staying away from the deep dark novels that seek to ‘expose the dark side of life’. Homelessness, mental illness, death, drugs, abuse, homosexuality and the other hot topics of “realistic fiction” are of no interest to me. I have worked in youth shelters, I have worked in batter women’s shelters, I have been a CASA, I have been in family court, I have sat up all night with crying children – I do not have any desire to squander the very little free time I can carve out to read (sitting in cars waiting on appointments, or nursing a sick 3 year old for example) on emotional turmoil. I admit that while I am seeking quality and ‘good books’ I am still seeking to enjoy mind candy and so I am looking for the happy ending. With the exception, I guess, of tough and touching novels (some out and out fiction, some based on reality) of children in Nazi Germany so on, historical stuff.
I am reading The Witch of Blackbird Pond currently.
Here are a few of the books I have read:
- Good Night, Mr. Tom Michelle Magorian
- Fever 1793 Laurie Halse Anderson
- Number The Stars.
- The Devil’s Arithmetic
- The Upstairs Room
Here are a few of the book I have (thank you paperbackswap.com) waiting for me to read:
- Jacob Have I Loved. Katherine Paterson
- The Cricket in Times Square (Chester Cricket and His Friends)
- Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin by His Good Mouse Amos