I’m facilitating two reading groups this summer for kids, as part of the “Guys Read” program. I think it’s a great idea. I read a lot as a kid, and I spent a lot of time at the library. I would have really liked a program to share my love for reading with other kids. Well, the public library in Grand Forks actually did have a reading program, but it was more like a competition to see who could read the most books.
Anyway, I’ve got two groups in the Twin Cities, both pretty close to me. One is for teens. We’re going to be reading the following books:
- The Teacher’s Funeral, by Richard Peck (Mr. Peck will actually be speaking just before we meet, so that should be really great).
- Memory Boy, by Will Weaver (he’s a Minnesota author, but I don’t think he’ll be there.)
- The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordian
For the younger kids, we’ve got the following line-up.
- A Long Way From Chicago, also by Richard Peck
- Maniac Magee, by Jerry Spinelli
- How Angel Peterson Got His Name, by Gary Paulsen
- Bud, Not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis
I had more input on the second list, and it really reflects my love for tall tales and my interest in U.S. history. I hope the kids appreciate my taste in books!