My first one I’d recommend out of the gates is one I haven’t read yet!I read a review for “Cinder-Alia” on the Althea site. The man reviewing it was going to when his 9 yr. old daughter made off with it first to read. Folks ,when a kid recommends a book,don’t doubt it. They pick good,rollicking reads everytime.
So this one is a take on Cinderella. Only the handsome prince is dead and our hero has to do something herself. I’m getting this today.Our 9 yr old?She said it was’a dangerous book’.ooo!Makes every bibliophile fiber in me tingle.
Also for tweens,teens(&this old broad):
“Tailchaser’s Song” a colony of cats;wild ones,are experencing a rash of missing community members. Tailchaser goes in serch of his sweetheart and the other with a bedraggled companion. This is one that hooks you right away.
“A Wrinkle in Time”by Madeliene L’Engle.Ifirst read this in my 40s. I loved it.I love everything she wrote,but this is her crowning achievment. Leaves your heart so warm and full.
My own son read “The Maze Runner” series with great relish. This is a kid who prefers video games over books anyday. There arn’t many books to interest boys these days and men’s selections are just as weak. Spy thrillers,political intrigue…yawn. Where are the L’mours?The Grays?My father read just about every western and reading a few myself you could taste the sand in your teeth,they are well written hiding in cheap pulp covers.
For the kids-MO WILLAMS will have you laughing. Check out “Don’t Let the Pidgeon Drive the Bus” or “Don’t Let the Pidgeon Stay Up Late”. They are for both parent and child to read together. Also his book about learning to use the potty is hysterical with marching mice up to all kinds of mischef. Its nice and won’t make you blush.
Chick-A-Boom Boom is fun. We read it,sung it and its just fun.
“The Empty Pot”-about the Emporer of China looking for a successor. He calls all the kids and gives each a seed to grow. Our hero cant get his to grow. Kid had a green thumb but no matter what he tries it wont grow. As the day to show your results approaches he’s worried. Everyone else has such lovely flowers and he doesn’t. His dad tells him that he did his best . It brings a lump in my throat but irs well worth it.To say anymore would be a spoiler.
Got a traveling family to shop for?In 4th grade the teacher would ,after lunch to calm us kids down,read a chapter out of a book about kids on a wagon train. Now we had just drove across country by car(5kids,2adults,+1dog&1parakeet).I identified with those pioneer kids. Got bit hard by the reading bug and have never recovered…happily.
My point here is don’t discount the classics:Little House books,Robert Louis Stevenson books,The Jungle Book and Riki Tiki Tavi. They all stand the test of time and will have your sons badgering you for a tree house.
I’ve heard people just love”Good Night Moon”It collected dust here. My son would look at details and I thought it was the biggest snore around. Bedtime book-sure. Boring-yup. We loved “Where the Wild Things Are”and “Little Bear books”.Good for bedtime to without wondering what the plot was.
We read snowy books in the heat of summer(Ezra’s Snowy Day,No School) and beachy hot books on winter. There are many good picture books. I could go on(“Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse”!)and on but I must go off.Till next time