I'm delighted to introduce today's guest, Leigh Collazo. Leigh is a school librarian who serves children from over 30 different countries at an international school in China. Today she tells me all about why the middle school years are her favorite when it comes to finding the right books for the right readers. If you have kids, or have ever been a kid, this episode is for you.
Episode 2 of our Reading For A Lifetime series is about encouraging middle school and young adult kids to indulge in great books, and Leigh has a LOT of wisdom to share on that topic. After all, it’s her job! But it doesn't matter what age you are—this episode is inspiring for anyone with young readers, or pre-teens, or teens, or who's ever been any of those ages. Happy listening!
Books discussed in this episode:
• IT, by Stephen King
• Pet Sematary, by Stephen King
• Roots, Haley
• This One Summer, by Mariko Tamaki
• Smile, by Raina Telgemeier
• Drama, by Raina Telgemeier
• Ghosts, by Raina Telgemeier
• Rollergirl, by Victoria Jamieson
• Awkward, by Svetlana Chmakova
• Bad Island, by Doug TenNapel
• Ghostopolis, by Doug TenNapel
• The Naruto series, by Masashi Kishimoto
• The Bleach series, by Tite Kubo
• The Selection series, by Kiera Cass
• Friends for Life, by Andrew Norriss
• Fish in a Tree, by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
• The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness
• The Bookshop on the Corner, by Jenny Colgan
• A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness
• The Storyteller, by Antonia Michaelis
• Salt to the Sea, by Ruta Sepetys
• Leigh's "What's Your Genre?" quiz on Mrs. ReaderPants
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