Camano Island Library Pilot Project Blog

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Best Kids' Books -- Ever?

A recent column in the New York Times about the "summer slide" featured a list of 13 Best Kids' Books (according to Nicholas Kristof). He mentions the importance of summer reading because tests have shown that without intellectual stimulation in the summer, kids lose 2 months of reading level. Here's his list, in order of difficulty from easier to harder:
1. "Charlotte's Web"
2. Hardy Boys series
3. "The Wind in the Willows"
4. Freddy the Pig series
5. Alex Rider series
6. Harry Potter series
7. "Gentle Ben"
8. "Anne of Green Gables"
9. "The Dog Who Wouldn't Be"
10. "Little Lord Fauntleroy" (hmmm, good luck with that one...)
11. "On to Oregon"
12. "The Prince and the Pauper"
13. "Lad, a Dog"

Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Power Of Potter

According to the Hollywood Reporter, advance ticket sales for the new Harry Potter movie "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" (which opens Wednesday July 15) have outpaced sales for the newest Transformers movie and the previous HP movie. A poll of ticket buyers revealed that 85% have read all 7 Harry Potter books! And since the final book will be filmed in 2 installments, we'll get an extra movie out of the deal. Woo-hoo!