Resolving to Read More

I love to read.  In my opinion, one of the best things about being a mother is getting to share that love of reading with my son.  His bookshelves groan under the weight of all the books we’ve accumulated.  I try to infect other children, too, by giving books as gifts as much as possible.

But it can be difficult to decipher what’s a good, appropriate book for a child.  Everyone has different interests, reading styles, and likes and dislikes when it comes to books.  While my son loves anything related to roller coasters, science, and adventure, he has not yet developed an interest in biographies, for example.  So where do you turn for book suggestions?

I am fortunate to have a good friend who is also a librarian in Fairfax County, VA and these are her favorites for this year.

Shannon’s Top 10 – 2009:  for Little Ones

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox

How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham

The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett

Birds by Kevin Henkes

Otis by Lauren Long

Bye-Bye Baby! by Richard T. Morris

The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

A Penguin Story by Antoinette Portis

The Snow Day by Komako Sakai

How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz

Shannon’s Top 10 – 2009:  Tweens & Teens

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor

The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo

Ten Cents a Dance by Christine Fletcher

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

My Most Excellent Year:  A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins & Fenway Park by Steven Kluger

Savvy by Ingrid Law

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork

In my house, our favorites were the Piggie and Elephant series of books by Mo Willems, Luke on the Loose by Harry Bliss, and Grace for President by Kelly Dipucchio.  Happy reading!

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