Thursday, April 23, 2009
Home of the Brave
We end every youth services staff meeting with a roundtable book discussion. Every one (there are six of us) brings one (or two, or three!) book to briefly discuss. I used to assign themes, but that got old fairly quickly (the only time we do a theme is the meeting held after the ALA Midwinter conference, in which we discuss the recent award winning titles). One staffer has enthused about this book several times, at meetings and when we were just talking shop. When I finally read it, I fell in love with it too. It's a lyrical story about perseverance and friendship.
A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver
I believe this is the newest title mentioned. Savvy is one of the recent Newbery Honor books, and well deserved!
My Father's Dragon
The sequel to Locomotion was recently released and is just as powerful.
A fabulous historical fiction novel about Mexican migrant workers during the Great Depression.
Elvis and Olive
McBroom's Wonderful One-Acre Farm
The Star of Kazan
Gripping historical fiction set in turn-of-the-century Vienna.
Bud, Not Buddy
Fabulous historical fiction set during the Great Depression.
Ending makes me cry every time!
The Big House
The Twenty-One Balloons
The Hundred Dresses
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
The Railway Children
Love Pippi! I was Pippi for Character Day in third grade.
A Girl of the Limberlost
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Little House on the Prairie
Beloved for years....and still constantly in circulation at all three branches. When I was growing up, my next door neighbor and I used to play Little House on the Prairie. For some reason, it involved hanging out by the ditch in front of our house (jumping over it and walking on the logs on the side). I don't know why.
Betsy and Joe
I read the Betsy books too!
The Long Winter
B is for Betsy
The Hundred and One Dalmatians
The Dragons of Blueland
Trixie Belden and the Mysterious Visitor
I was more of a Nancy Drew girl, myself (the originals as well as some awful thing called The Nancy Drew Files, which "updated" the series). Tho' I did read Trixie Belden.
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
Another childhood favorite. The Peter Hatcher books are still popular and haven't dated all that much, if at all.
A Little Princess
I didn't read much of the "old" children's literature classics in my childhood-I read/was read contemporary children's literature (anything younger than books published in the early 20th century). I specifically remember reading Heidi, The Secret Garden, Anne of Green Gables, and A Little Princess. I adore A Little Princess. We have a beautiful film version of the story; there are some major changes, but it captures the spirit of the story very well, with wonderful and genuine performances from the children.
Moominland in Winter
The Phantom Tollbooth
Belle Prater's Boy
Beezus and Ramona
Many love Ramona. There are quite a few, however, who identify with older, responsible, sensible Beezus, who feels that little sister gets away with murder. I have a feeling this is why this book was specifically named, and not the other Ramona books.
Posted by Jennifer Schultz at Thursday, April 23, 2009