In that spirit, today I’m sharing my childrens’ favorite current reads for Quick Lit. My four kids are 13, 11, 9, and 6, and we are doing our best to raise them to be readers. (For the strategies we’re using, check out these 7 tips I shared yesterday.)
I feel very, very lucky that two of the four books I’m sharing here were required reading for school. I’m thankful for teachers everywhere whose contagious enthusiasm helps kids catch reading fever, instead of turning it into a chore.
And for even more book recommendations, today’s new episode of What Should I Read Next is about growing up with the help of a good book. I’m talking to Leigh Collazo, a middle grade librarian who helps kids find books they love because it’s her job. Pop on over to listen for tips on how to connect the kids in your life with the right books for them, plus encouragement to use books to bond with your kids. She’s so inspiring, whether you have kids yourself, or you remember what it was like to be a kid on the hunt for a good book.
Elephant and Piggie is a go-to series these days for Silas, age 6 (6 1/2, he would tell you). This is one of his favorites. As a rule, Elephant and Piggie books stand up to repeated re-readings; this one is all kinds of meta fun for grown-ups. More info →
This is the favorite of my 9-year-old, Lucy. She picked it out at the bookstore because a friend had told her it was good, plus she loved the cover (that's a real thing, so we work with it). I was a little concerned it might be heavy for her (read the summary and you'll see what I mean), but she loved this story about a lonely girl who overcomes adversity in the way that fitting for her. Adults, you won't be sorry if you pick this up for yourself, regardless of whether or not you have kids of your own. More info →
More assigned reading! My daughter Sarah, age 11, has an amazing English teacher this year, and the assigned reading is fantastic. She'll read anything he recommends. (Oh but that all kids could have such an adult in their lives!) This is another story with a sad premise: a teenage dancer in India loses her leg in a horrible accident, and can no longer do the one thing she felt she was made for. A moving story, told in free verse: my daughter couldn't read it fast enough. More info →
This was required reading for Jack, my 13-year-old, and from what I heard, he wasn't the only one who struggled with the dialogue at first. But once he got the hang of it he was off and running, reading ahead of the school schedule because he wanted to find out what happens next. Packed with adventure, plus material for lots of good discussions in the classroom or at the kitchen table. More info →