What Kids are Reading for Fun

Ok, it probably would have been more accurate to subtitle the post “Confessions of a List Junky.” To do lists, lists of Christmas presents to be bought and already bought, grocery lists and more can be found scattered around my desk, on top of the microwave and on both bulletin board and frig.

But here’s one I didn’t have to compile.

And aren’t lists of books that kids are reading the best?  Sure, award winning books chosen by librarians are good, adults after all buy the books more often than not, but I love to hear what kids are gravitating towards.  Lucky for me that School Library Journal asked several middle school librarians what their students are reading and pulled it all together into one tidy article (see here).

It didn’t surprise me to see Rick Riordan or J.K. Rowling on the list but I got a pleasant surprise when I saw this book cover heading up the article.  It is the cover for none other than Tales of the Cryptids: Mysterious Creatures That May or May Not Exist by Kelly Milner Halls, Rick Spears, and Roxyanne Young (Darby Creek, 2006).

This has long been one of my son’s favorites.  He has the tween boys’ fascination with cryptids, ghosties and things that go bump in the night.  Kelly is also one of my favorite nonfiction authors and an all around generous soul so I was super happy to see her book on the list.  Given that the title has been in print for five years, that is quite a coup for her and her co-authors.

Congrats to all of the authors whose books made it onto the list.  My son and I have read some of Jeff Smith’s Bone comics and I’ve seen but not yet read The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. Admittedly, I wasn’t familiar with some of them so I’ll be printing this up for my son and I to use on our library jaunts over Christmas Break.  After all, what’s two weeks off school without Christmas cookies and several trips to the library?