This Book Is Too Old for You really got me thinking. The author writes of her daughter who read but wasn’t necessarily a reader. Casale writes, “Real readers, I believe with every fiber of my being, read not to learn but just to read.”
I am a reader. I have at least one book going at all times and have to start a new book the second I turn a last page. The girls are similar but I see their passion ebb and flow. Caroline for example is in a serious re-reading phase. I’ve written before that Caroline reads comfort books in the way that a lot of people eat comfort food. When she is stressed or tired she goes right back to The Babysitters Club series and reads books she has read dozens of times before. Katherine is starting and stopping a lot of books, unable to find a groove.
When I read This Book is Too Old for You, I began to wonder if the girls are ready to take a leap. I have long thought that Caroline might be ready to read more adult books. She has dabbled in a few adult memoirs like Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Wait Till Next Year so maybe it’s time to find others. School Library Journal hosts a blog called Adult Books 4 Teens that I plan to explore. Katherine is a little bit trickier. I can’t quite put my finger on what will take her to the next step. I think she needs to find a series that she will love but I also wonder if she needs a new genre. She has been focused on realistic fiction for a long time now and maybe she needs to move on.
The girls have a week and two days until the end of school. That gives me a week and two days to fill baskets with summer reading and I’d love your help.
Please send along suggestions of adult books that are tween-friendly and early middle grade books that are not realistic fiction. I can’t wait to see your suggestions!