Last year I helped select the books for our county’s summer reading program. And I loved doing it. There was no better validation for doing all that reading than seeing my choices featured for thousands of school children. Very cool. This fall, I did not join the committee, in an effort to share the wealth of that experience with the other librarians in the county. I would love to submit my suggestions, but I have to be selective about what I send.
Then I started thinking about all the summer reading committees forming all over the country and yes, they are probably starting now who could use some suggestions. Maybe there is a better validation then being part of my local if large summer reading list: If I can influence the lists across the country.
As this idea was pulling itself together in my head, I saw the Fuse#8 interview in Edge of the Forest, where she lists her top five books in a number of categories. What if, I thought, the kidlitosphere all posted their top picks for 2006 (so far), in contribution to the summer reading lists, and school librarians’ fall ordering, and just plain reading for people everywhere? Wow.
How about it? Post your “Top Picks for 2006 (So Far)” in any or all of the categories: Picture Books, Early Elementary, Elementary, Middle School, High School. Narrow it down to five choices per category (I know it will be tough). My ultimate plan is to pull together the posts into one big list at the end of next week. And thus we will take over the reading selections of the nation, and maybe Canada. (Insert maniacal laughter here.)