I’ve got a great guest post today from one of my sponsors. The lovely Sarah is a librarian at a K-8 school so she really knows her stuff when it comes to Children’s books and young adult lit. I know a lot of you ladies have kids so hopefully you can find some great new reads for them! And even if you aren’t a mama, you may want to give some of these a try :). Here’s Sarah!!
I’ve found, that for most people, when you ask them what their favorite book was as a kid, they can A- answer you immediately and B- give you a vivid memory about something they loved about it. My theory is that this is not a coincidence. Yes, memories from childhood are often vivid. The years between 0 and 10 are probably the longest years of our lives, but I firmly believe that the reason we love books from our childhood is because those books were really really good! How else could I continue to read them as an adult and enjoy them? And I’m talking, staying up late with a flashlight under the covers devouring a book kind of enjoy. Okay, maybe I don’t need the flashlight anymore but the devouring part is still there.
That’s why I decided to compile this list for Sunday Morning Sugar readers, once you loose touch with the children’s and YA lit world, it’s hard to know where to begin again. And I’m not saying that you shouldn’t revisit the classics or read them for the first time if you haven’t, but there’s also a ton of contemporary stuff out there that will give you that same satisfying sigh when you read the last page and think, “that was the best book I have ever read.”
If you Liked…
* Sweet Valley High by Francine Pascal then try Shug by Jenny Han
* Goosebumps by R.L. Stine then try Coraline Neil Gaimon
* The Baby Sitters Club by Anne M. Martin then try Saffy’s Angel by Hilary McKay
* Forever by Judy Blume then try Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
* Are you There God It’s Me Margaret by Judy Blume then try Twelve by Lauren Myracle
* A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle then try When you Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
* Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder then try Our Own May Amelia by Jennifer Holm
* Wait till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn then try A Drowned Maiden’s Hair by Laura Amy Schilz
* Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson then try Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher
* Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling then try The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
* Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh then try Dani Noir by Nova Ren Suma
* The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney then try Sweethearts by Sara Zarr
And because I couldn’t think of any old classics to compare these too but can’t keep them to myself. Here are a list of amazing young adult novels. All are available on indiebound.org or go to your local library (the children’s room will bring back great memories, I’m telling you) and check them out!
1. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
2. Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr
3. That Summer by Sarah Dessen
4. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks by E. Lockhart
5. Looking for Alaska by John Green
6. Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
7. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
8. What my Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones
9. Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff
10. Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins
Thanks for having me Malori, for more musings on kids books, YA, writing and my general life, come say hi at my blog, Desirous of Everything!