Over the past week, I heard about a few new books that inspired me to start a list of books to order for the 2012-2013 school year. An odd sensation. All around me, the kids – and teachers – are talking about their summer plans, but there were a few moments when I found myself reading about an upcoming release and thinking it would make a good Christmas present. It may be too early for holiday shopping, but here are the books I’m already putting on my school list:
Rocket Writes a Story by Tad Hills – How cute is this cover! A sequel to How Rocket Learned to Read. I can already see the teachers finding fun ways to use this one!
The New Sweater by Oliver Jeffers – Jeffers’ picture books are becoming automatic purchases. Every one of his books, especially Lost and Found and Up and Down, are loved by our students – and we read them regularly.
All the Wrong Questions: Who Could That Be at This Hour by Lemony Snicket – The first volume in a four-part series by the author of A Series of Unfortunate Events
Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz a new gothic novel by the author of A Drowned Maiden’s Hair
Son by Lois Lowry – a battle between good and evil by the author of The Giver. Kirkus has already given it a starred review: “Written with powerful, moving simplicity, Claire’s story stands on its own, but as the final volume in this iconic quartet, it holistically reunites characters, reprises provocative socio-political themes, and offers a transcending message of tolerance and hope. Bravo!”
The Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech – a new novel by Sharon Creech (Walk Two Moons) is always reason to celebrate!
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling – Harry’s creator writes her first novel for adults,
A Boxcar Beginning by Patricia MacLachlan – for younger readers, a prequel to the still popular Boxcar Children books by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Like Warner’s series about The Boxcar Children, Jean Craighead George’s books are perennial favorites. My Side of the Mountain is one of the most circulated titles in our library, and it’s one of those books that many adults (including my husband) have fond memories of reading when they were children. George died this week at the age of 92. Here’s the link to The New York Times obituary: