Monday, May 07, 2012
Kids' Picks, May
When I volunteer in the school library a couple of times a month, I spend time looking around for books, series, or authors that my 2nd grader Kyle might like. I suggest series or single books. Sometimes he accepts, and other times he scoffs.
This past month, I've hit the bullseye!
I, Freddy: Book One in the Golden Hamster Saga. . I remembered these books being popular with Amanda and other kids when I volunteered at her elementary school library, and Kyle enjoyed reading about another hamster, Humphrey, so I thought we'd give it a try. He liked it, so when I was at our county library, I checked out another in the series of five, and he enjoyed it too.
The Code Busters Club, Case #1: The Secret of the Skeleton Key, and to my delight, he enjoyed it too! I thought that there was more than one in the series, but in fact we have to wait until September for book 2.
But the jewel in my crown is getting him to actually pick up Niagara Falls, Or Does It? #1 (Hank Zipzer) by Henry Winkler (Yes, that Henry Winkler, aka the Fonz). I don't know much about Hank Zipzer. I haven't read the books and probably won't, but I know that they were popular in Amanda's day. I also know that there are over 15 slim volumes in the series, which is a good thing, because it ensures that he will always have something to check out at library time.
As for Amanda (13 1/2), she's still wanting to "read what she knows she'll like." She's re-read the entire Uglies series (definitely worth checking out if your teens like dystopian lit -- it's older but good!), and also re-read Divergent in preparation for the 2nd book Insurgent which I told her was coming out soon (and I just noticed released last week). We've also been enjoying our morning (over breakfast) read-alouds, to which I want to devote an entire separate post.
Check out what other kids are enjoying over at 5 Minutes for Books the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Link up or add to the discussion in the comments.