Whose Favorite Books?

David Elzey wonders about the suggestions Susan Orlean has been getting after tweeting a request for #booksthatchangekidsworlds.  They do have more to do with adults remembering beloved books than what Orlean’s five-and-a-half-year-old son will necessarily go for (and remind me of similar suggestions made in response to a Nicholas Krisof op-ed piece of last year).  Coincidently, J. Bell has a post on the art of recommending a book to a kid that could serve as a cautionary tale to all those nostalgic adults.

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4 responses to “Whose Favorite Books?

  1. frogboots

    Yes indeed. Working at a bookstore has helped keep me on the path of recommendations that kids like, not that I think kids should like. And Susan Olean’s list – well, some of the titles are definitely still in the running. But I think it’s a rare kid these days who will really be into The Wizard of Oz. And people responding to a Susan Olean request for kids’ books are a pretty specific self-selecting group to begin with, no?

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  2. Definitely a self-selecting group (similar to those who called in with suggestions for the Onpoint Summer Reading NPR show I did a few weeks back). But I do have to say that my students very much like The Wizard of Oz. It still goes down very easily, moreso than other elders being suggested.

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  3. My child, who is at the moment reading a Captain Underpants book that she picked out at the library, LOVED The Wizard of Oz when I gave it to her a few weeks ago, and demanded more in the series.

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  4. frogboots

    I’m surprised that your students like The Wizard of Oz – mine certainly didn’t. But I also think that with YOU as the teacher, almost any book could become great.

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