Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games, Where the Wild Things Are….are adults reverting back to their childhoods? Although crossover literature is not a new phenomenon, the proliferation of youth books that are on the bestseller lists and that are nominated for major adult literary awards is. Approximately 26,000 youth books are published each year, and even in our hard economic times, youth book sales are still very high. But, why are so many adults (19 and Up) reading children’s and young adult literature so voraciously? Why now? Good literature is good literature, regardless of its intended audience.
So, what is good youth literature and what isn’t? Does it even matter if it’s considered good literature as long as you like it? Have you been wanting to pick up a youth book but thought it was frivolous? It’s not. Join us in the Youth Collection on Monday, April 19, 2010, 11:00-12:00pm, OR Thursday, April 22, 2010, 3:00-5:30pm, for The Circle, a book discussion group for adults who read youth literature. We will concentrate on the newest books that are published and that arrive in the Youth Collection.
We will discuss the books listed below. You don’t have to read them, you can simply come for the discussion, but it will be much more engaging if you read at least two of the books. You can purchase your own copies online or at major bookstores or check out a copy from the Rod Library Youth Collection. They are also available at Cedar Falls and Waterloo Public Libraries.
Picture Books (Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Graphic Novel)
My Abuelita by Tony Johnston
Alex and Lulu: Two of a Kind by Lorena Siminovich
When Lucy Goes out Walking by Ashley Wolff
Spot the Plot: A Riddle Book of Book Riddles by J. Patrick Lewis
The Secret of the Yellow Death: A True Story of Medical Sleuthing by Suzanne Jurmain
Full Length (Fiction/Non-Fiction, Graphic Novel)
The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon
Blessing's Bead by Debbie Edwardson
Luv Ya Bunches by Lauren Myracle
We’ll see you there!