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50 books for an 11-year old…or anyone

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I stumbled upon this website and thought it was interesting with suggestive children’s books. The article discussed how children often aren’t reading as much and any reading subject is fine. A school librarian gave this list to students last spring in hopes that they continue summer reading. You can also click on each book to get more information. How many of these books have your read?

http://www.abebooks.com/books/children-reading-lists-parents-teachers/50-books-children.shtm

50 Books Every Child Should Read

1. Swallows and Amazons
by Arthur Ransome
2.The Eagle of the Ninth
by Rosemary Sutcliff
3.The Hobbit
by J.R.R. Tolkien
6.The Secret Garden
by Frances Hodgson-Burnett
7.The Talking Parcel
by Gerald Durrell
8.War Horse
by Michael Morpurgo
11.Charlotte’s Web
by E.B. White
12.Artemis Fowl Series
by Eoin Colfer
13.The City of Ember
by Jeanne DuPrau
14.Little House on the Prairie series
by Laura Ingalls Wilde
15.Coraline
by Neil Gaiman
16.The Machine Gunners
by Robert Westall
17.Because of Winn-Dixie
by Kate DiCamillo
18.Emil and the Detectives
by Erich Kästner
19.Inkheart
by Cornelia Funke
20.A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L’Engle
21.The Wind in the Willows
by Kenneth Grahame
22.The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain
23.Tom’s Midnight Garden
by Philippa Pearce
24.The Book Thief
Markus Zusak
25.The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents
by Terry Pratchett
26.Magic series
by Edward Eager
27.Anne of Green Gables
by Lucy Maud Montgomery
28.The Borrowers
by Mary Norton
29.Boy
by Roald Dahl
30.Holes
by Louis Sachar
31.The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman
32.The Phoenix and the Carpet
by E. Nesbit
33.The Lantern Bearers
by Rosemary Sutcliff
34.The Silver Sword/Escape from Warsaw
by Ian Serraillier
35.Treasure Island
by Robert Louis Stevenson
36.The Sheep-Pig
by Dick King-Smith
37.Bridge to Terabithia
by Katherine Paterson
38.The Dark Is Rising series
by Susan Cooper
39.The Mozart Question
by Michael Morpurgo
40.The Pendragon Adventure series
by D. J. MacHale
41.Percy Jackson & the Olympians series
by Rick Riordan
42.Silverwing
by Kenneth Oppel
43.The Spiderwick Chronicles
by Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black
44.Stig of the Dump
by Clive King
45.The Weirdstone of Brisingamen
by Alan Garner
46.The Chronicles of Narnia
by C.S. Lewis
47.His Dark Materials trilogy
by Philip Pullman
48.The Harry Potter Books
by J.K. Rowling
49.Leven Thumps series
by Obert Skye
50.A Series of Unfortunate Events series
by Lemony Snicket

More to Discover

Read with your furry friend

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Beginning and slow readers, especially children, sometimes lack confidence and motivation when reading aloud. There may be laughs when they mispronounce a word or constantly being corrected. This can create a lack of reading enjoyment as it’s now a struggle and embarrassment. A one-on-one personal reader can then help the struggling reader.

Dogs don’t care if you hesitate, mispronounce, slur, or pause while reading aloud. Dogs don’t judge, criticize, humiliate, or correct mistakes. They don’t care about your age, gender, size, or clothing.

Dogs do enjoy treats, snuggles, walks, positive praise, and attention. Give a dog a friendly pat and a rub behind the ears and you may have just found a new friend. Sit beside your new ‘personal reader’ as you slowly read aloud with an occasional rub. Dogs give your full attention while you read with no laughs or critiques. Hopefully, this new ‘personal reader’ will help the reader gain confidence and develop stronger reading habits.

Many schools and libraries have read to your dog programs that foster a positive reading environment. So go ahead, curl up beside your furry friend and read a new book. Of course, make sure the reader understands to give the dog space and that the dog is friendly.

The photos are my own dog, George, who loves attention and snuggles.

Children’s Book Newbery Medal

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A Newbery Medal Winner is a children’s book given each year by the American Library Association. One book is picked that had a great contribution to American children’s literature for that year. Honor books were also picked as ‘runner-ups’.

The message states: “To encourage original creative work in the field of books for children. To emphasize to the public that contributions to the literature for children deserve similar recognition to poetry, plays, or novels. To give those librarians, who make it their life work to serve children’s reading interests, an opportunity to encourage good writing in this field.”

My original goal for this blog was to report each Newbery Medal winner, since 1922. And that turns into a lot of books, however I’ll still strive to read and report each of these books.

http://www.ala.org/ala/awardsgrants/index.cfm

Here’s a list of the Newbery Medal winners to give a quick look. Which medal winners have you read?

2011: Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool (Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books)
2010: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (Wendy Lamb Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books)
2009: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, illus. by Dave McKean (HarperCollins)
2008: Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz (Candlewick)
2007: The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, illus. by Matt Phelan (Simon & Schuster/Richard Jackson)
2006: Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins (Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins)
2005: Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster)
2004: The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick Press)
2003: Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi (Hyperion Books for Children)
2002: A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park(Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin)
2001: A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck (Dial)
2000: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (Delacorte)
1999: Holes by Louis Sachar (Frances Foster)
1998: Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse (Scholastic)
1997: The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg (Jean Karl/Atheneum)
1996: The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman (Clarion)
1995: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (HarperCollins)
1994: The Giver by Lois Lowry(Houghton)
1993: Missing May by Cynthia Rylant (Jackson/Orchard)
1992: Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (Atheneum)
1991: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli (Little, Brown)
1990: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (Houghton)
1989: Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman (Harper)
1988: Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman (Clarion)
1987: The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman (Greenwillow)
1986: Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan (Harper)
1985: The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley (Greenwillow)
1984: Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary (Morrow)
1983: Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt (Atheneum)
1982: A Visit to William Blake’s Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers by Nancy Willard (Harcourt)
1981: Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson (Crowell)
1980: A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl’s Journal, 1830-1832 by Joan W. Blos (Scribner)
1979: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (Dutton)
1978: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (Crowell)
1977: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor (Dial)
1976: The Grey King by Susan Cooper (McElderry/Atheneum)
1975: M. C. Higgins, the Great by Virginia Hamilton (Macmillan)
1974: The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox (Bradbury)
1973: Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George (Harper)
1972: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien (Atheneum)
1971: Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars (Viking)
1970: Sounder by William H. Armstrong (Harper)
1969: The High King by Lloyd Alexander (Holt)
1968: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg (Atheneum)
1967: Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt (Follett)
1966: I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino (Farrar)
1965: Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska (Atheneum)
1964: It’s Like This, Cat by Emily Neville (Harper)
1963: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (Farrar)
1962: The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare (Houghton)
1961: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell (Houghton)
1960: Onion John by Joseph Krumgold (Crowell)
1959: The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (Houghton)
1958: Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith (Crowell)
1957: Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen (Harcourt)
1956: Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham (Houghton)
1955: The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong (Harper)
1954: …And Now Miguel by Joseph Krumgold (Crowell)
1953: Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark (Viking)
1952: Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes (Harcourt)
1951: Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates (Dutton)
1950: The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli (Doubleday)
1949: King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry (Rand McNally)
1948: The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois (Viking)
1947: Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey (Viking)
1946: Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski (Lippincott)
1945: Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson (Viking)
1944: Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes (Houghton)
1943: Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray (Viking)
1942: The Matchlock Gun by Walter Edmonds (Dodd)
1941: Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry (Macmillan)
1940: Daniel Boone by James Daugherty (Viking)
1939: Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright (Rinehart)
1938: The White Stag by Kate Seredy (Viking)
1937: Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer (Viking)
1936: Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink (Macmillan)
1935: Dobry by Monica Shannon (Viking)
1934: Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women by Cornelia Meigs (Little, Brown)
1933: Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Lewis (Winston)
1932: Waterless Mountain by Laura Adams Armer (Longmans)
1931: The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth (Macmillan)
1930: Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field (Macmillan)
1929: The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly (Macmillan)
1928: Gay Neck, the Story of a Pigeon by Dhan Gopal Mukerji (Dutton)
1927: Smoky, the Cowhorse by Will James (Scribner)
1926: Shen of the Sea by Arthur Bowie Chrisman (Dutton)
1925: Tales from Silver Lands by Charles Finger (Doubleday)
1924: The Dark Frigate by Charles Hawes (Little, Brown)
1923: The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting (Stokes)
1922: The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon (Liveright)

http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/newberymedal/newberywinners/medalwinners.cfm