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Jul 09

A Box of Books

Posted on July 9, 2013 at 12:00 AM by Craig Jacobson

Blog0709.pngHow often will you hear this over the summer? “I’m bored.”  “There’s nothing to do.” Well, you know what my husband would say, “Get a box!” “We are packing up all your toys.”  What I say instead is “Go to the library, get a book and read!”

Come to the library this summer and go places you’ve never traveled before.  Imagine mountaintops, swing through jungles, climb ropes, walk through caves, meet new friends, make a craft, learn a new skill, decorate a box, escape to far corners, dress like a pirate, learn a game, challenge a partner, plant a flower, watch, think, grow and read more.  I bet you are not bored anymore!

I have had the privilege the last couple of years to select the junior fiction titles for the library and I have to say it’s a fun job.  There are some awfully cool books out there for this age.  Just take a look at the artwork on the covers and you will be awed. I know I am.

What makes a good book a great book for this age level? Well, it needs to be interesting, funny, exciting, satisfying, and lasting.  One reason kids like series so much is because they want a book just like the one they read and liked.  I can’t tell you how many times I am asked for a “Magic Tree house book” or a book by Rick Riordan.  These are the books that are lasting, the ones that kids want.

If I had to make a list of books that children want to read it would look something like this:
All the Magic tree house books by Mary Pope Osborne
Anything written by Rick Riordan
The spiderwick chronicles
by Tony DiTerlizzi
Ivy and Bean books by Annie Barrows
The Vordak books by Scott Seegert
Sisters 8 series
Judy Moody
books
The Bartimaeus trilogy by Jonathan Stroud
Binky books by Ashley Spires
Harry Potter
Cupcake diaries
(look for these soon)
Vincent Shadow books by Tim Kehoe
Big Nate books by Lincoln Peirce
Geronimo Stilton books
Diary of a wimpy kid books
I survived series by Lauren Tarshis
Dork diaries

If I can recommend any books my list would look like something like this:
The Madhattan mystery by John J. Bonk
Anything by Rebecca Stead
The Westing game by Ellen Raskin
Series of unfortunate events by Lemony Snicket
Mrs. Frisby and the RATS of Nym by Robert O’Brien
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
The cay by Theodore Taylor
Aliens on vacation by Clete Barnett Smith
The wig in the window by Kristen Kittscher