Synopses & Reviews
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 arent deep? Recommended Folk Tales sort out many of lifes dilemmas and issues of good and bad; a selection of picture books on Death and Dying introduces this topic with sensitivity; and Youve 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 doesnt end until high-school graduation. Whats good, whats trash, whats going to hold their interest? Nancy Pearl, Americas favorite librarian, points the way in Book Crush.
Parents, teachers, and librarians are often puzzled by the seemingly endless choices for reading material for young people. Whats good, whats trash, whats going to hold their interest? Nancy Pearl, Americas favorite librarian, has read widely in all the genres and happily points the way in Book Crush. Divided into three sections Easy Books, Middle-Grade Readers, and Young Adult Book Crush makes wonderful reading connections by theme, setting, voice, and ideas. For horse lovers, Pearl recalls the classics (Black Beauty, Misty of Chincoteague), but in a creative twist connects Mr. Revere and I to the list. For middle-grade readers, she explores updated retellings of Greek myths and the best coming-of-age stories. Young adult readers get to know chick lit and much more. For those adults who feel stuck in a rut with Caldecott and Newberry winners and the ubiquitous Harry Potters, this fun, informed book offers new ways to stimulate young readers.
About the Author
Nancy Pearl is heard regularly on NPR's Morning Edition and is the recipient of the Women's National Book Association Award. She is retired from the Seattle Public Library but remains a popular speaker on books and reading. She lives in Seattle.