Best of 2016 #4

I love, love, love talking books with my coworkers here.  One book that most of us really enjoyed this year is making not one, but two appearances on our top 10 this year! Check out what is happening in the #4 slot as King Baby makes another appearance!  Be sure and check out our other Best of 2016 posts!

Sarah

Ida, Always by Caron Levis

Story honoring friendship and loss.

Marta

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

Set against a World War II backdrop, Annabelle and her family follow a strong set of morals where community is everything.  Helping your neighbor and  standing up for what is right are part of daily life.  When Betty moves to town, however, all of these things are put to the test.  Betty bullies everyone, even Toby, a man who roams the hills avoiding much interaction with people.  When Betty’s bullying goes too far and endangers Toby as well as Betty herself, Annabelle must make tough choices in this coming-of-age story.  If you like thrillers and historical fiction, this read is phenomenal middle-grade reading!

Teresa

King Baby by Kate Beaton

You will laugh out loud at this funny and realistic portrayal of life with a new baby! He rules the roost… until Queen baby comes along!

Janna

The Flower by John Light

I love reading any books about librarians, so when i stumbled upon The Flower in a library blog, I was excited to read it! Not a typical children’s book, The Flower paints a story of a grim world of dystopian gray.  A book changes all of that and brings color, life, and hope.

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Reading by the Genre

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“Where are your mystery books?”

“My teacher says I need to read a historical fiction book for my report.”

“My son hates to read, but loves sports.  Do you have any fiction sports books he might like?”

 

Sound familiar?  These requests are made daily because most kids we serve think in terms of genre.  A few have favorite authors and series, but most of them are open to the possibilities of what is out there, as long as it is whatever genre is capturing them at that moment.  Maybe our patron just read Goosebumps and is looking for something else to give them that knot in their stomach, anticipating what creature or magic is waiting for their favorite character.  Maybe the patron laughed their way through Greg’s antics in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and she wants to recapture the humor.  Most kids are still open to suggestion.  When they ask us for a recommendation based on genre, it is a chance for us to open yet another door for them.

 

But… what about those kids who aren’t searching for genre because they already have an interest?  Because they have read something similar and what more? What about those kids whose teacher or parent is trying to broaden their horizons for them?  For me, even as a veteran to advisory, this is where I falter.  I don’t want to give a kid a book just  because it is this genre.  I want to give them a reason to connect with the specific book I put in their hands.  I want to get a feel for what they could read if the choice were their own and get as close as possible while sticking with what they need in regards to the genre.   That is what we all want.  To give them a reason not to dread that project but to open them up to the possibilities of trying something new!

 

It is a tricky balancing act sometimes, and the more knowledge we have as to what is out there, the better we will be at getting the right reader with the right book.  With this in mind, we are launching our series on Reading by the Genre.  We have created lists  of new and old titles, some popular and some that flew under the radar, that will hopefully add titles to our arsenal so that when we get that genre request we have more options to share with our patrons.

 

For us at MPL, historical fiction seems to be one genre that we get asked about a lot (I mean… A LOT) in September, so we are jumping off there.  Some of these titles are familiar and even award winning but some are lesser known.  All are awesome options when put with the right reader.

What books would you add to this list?

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick

Prisoner 88 by Leah Pileggi

Countdown by Deborah Wiles

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

The Misadventures of Maude March by Audrey Couloumbis

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

Penny From Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm

The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon

Celeste’s Harlem Renaissance by Eleanora E. Tate