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August 3, 2015

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We Ask SLJ Columnists & Bloggers: What Are You Reading This Summer?

What are you reading this summer? Ah, the question that is on the lips of so many of us. Summer reading lists pop up everywhere, from sites from the American Library Association and the TED blog to NYC Summer Reading and Barnes and Noble.

Curious about what columnists and bloggers at SLJ are reading? Here’s what some of them are delving into.

travisTravis Jonker, SLJ “100 Scope Notes” blogger

“I recently read Artists, Writers, Thinkers, Dreamers: Portraits of 50 Famous Folks & All Their Weird Stuff (Chronicle, 2014) by James Gulliver Hancock—entertaining summer fare. The road trip graphic novel Sisters (Graphix, Aug. 2014), by Raina Telgemeier is a perfect summer read for kids and grown ups. I loved Countdown (Scholastic, 2010), so I can’t wait to get started on Revolution by Deborah Wiles, which takes place in the summer of 1964. For humor, I’ll be reading the new “Macanudo” anthology by Argentine cartoonist Liniers. And arriving in August is Wild Things! Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature by Betsy Bird, Jules Danielson, and Peter Sierut—a must for grownups who wants the dirt on kids books.”


Joyce-ValenzaJoyce Valenza, SLJ “NeverEnding Search” blogger

“I am catching up with some YA titles I missed. Just finished Eleanor and Park (St. Martin’s, 2013) and fell in love with this honest love story, those characters, the shifting narrative, Park’s parents, and so identified with the wild, curly hair thing. I am in the middle of We are All Completely Beside Ourselves (Putnam, 2013) by Karen Joy Fowler and am loving Rosemary’s voice, its interesting structure, and the gradual revelations about this unusual family. Loaded on my reader and ready to go are: It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens (Yale University Press, 2013) by danah boyd; One Plus One by Jojo Moyes. And I am currently right in the middle of Donna Tartt’s artful, elegant, and engrossing The Goldfinch.


Betsy Bird, SLJ “A Fuse #8 Production” blogger

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Richard-Byrne_avatar_1404160346-70x70Richard Byrne, SLJ “Cool Tools” columnist:

“Two things that I have read this summer: Unleashing Student Superpowers (Corwin, 2014) by Kristen Swanson and Hadley Ferguson; Orkneyinga Saga: This History of the Earls of Orkney (Penguin, 1981), a book of Icelandic folklore translated by Hermann Palsson and Paul Edwards.”


Christopher-Harris_avatar_1399477600-70x70Chris Harris, SLJ “Next Big Thing” columnist:

“Just starting Bill Bryson’s latest book, One Summer: America, 1927 (Doubleday, 2013). In his usual witty style, Bryson is sharing the amazing series of events that all took place in 1927.”


LisaKroppLisa G. Kropp, SLJ “First Steps” columnist:

“The Crossover (Houghton, 2014) by Kwame Alexander.  After listening to Kwame speak at SLJ Day of Dialog, I knew that I needed to read his new book. Plus, my 12- and 14-year-old sons have tried to steal it off of my nightstand already!

The Thickety: A Path Begins (HarperCollins, 2014) by J.A. White. I totally judged this book by its cover at the preview this winter. I have been looking forward to reading it ever since.

We Were Liars (Delacorte, 2014) by E. Lockhart. Because who doesn’t want to read a story with an unreliable narrator?

Unbroken: An Olympian’s Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive (Delacorte, 2014) by Laura Hillenbrand. Coming out in November, this is an adaptation of her 2010 book Unbroken (Random House) for young adults. I’m always looking for intriguing narrative nonfiction, and this seems perfectly fitted to that bill!

Sisters (Graphix, 2014) by Raina Telgemeier. I don’t read graphic novels all that often. I love how honest the voices and illustrations are in Raina’s novels.”

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