Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Reading Resolutions


Now that my year-end recap for 2012 is done, I thought I'd set some reading goals for 2013.  While I plan to continue doing my "deadline reading" (books connected to author visits and other special events), I wanted my free reading to be a bit more structured.  With that in mind, these are my aims for the year.  I'll be keeping track on this website's "Reading Resolutions" page.

Professional Development
I'm defining "professional development" as any book written for the adult market about reading and/or education for ages 0 to 18.  Completed titles for this resolution are listed below.

When We Were Free to Be: Looking Back at a Children's Classic and the Difference it Made edited by Lori Rotskoff and Laura L. Lovett

Series Completion
I'm in the middle of so many series, many of which I could currently finish if I made the time.  I've listed the series I currently have in progress that have at least one more title I could read below, to be crossed off when finished.  (In cases where there is no clear series name, I have listed the first book's title.)

Artemis Fowl (Eoin Colfer):   Books 4-8
Article 5 (Kristen Smith):  Book 2
Ash (Malinda Lo):  Companion Novel
Baseball Card Adventures (Dan Gutman): Books 1, 3-12
Beautiful Creatures:  Books 2-4
Books of Beginning (John Stephens):  Book 2
Cal Ripken, Jr.'s All Stars (Cal Ripken, Jr.):  Book 1
Castle Waiting (Linda Medley): Book 2
Cold Cereal (Adam Rex):  Book 2
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Jeff Kinney):  Books 4-7
Dragonbreath (Ursula Vernon):  Book 8
Graceling Realm (Kristin Cashore):  Book 3
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer (Lish McBride):  Book 2
Humphrey (Betty G. Birney):  Books 5-8
Infinity Ring (Various):  Books 2-3
Jessica Darling (Megan McCafferty):  Books 3-5
Kingdom Keepers (Ridley Pearson):  Books 3-5
Little Brother (Cory Doctorow):  Book 2
Marbury Lens (Andrew Smith):  Book 2
Partials (Dan Wells):  Book 2
The Rock and the River (Kekla Magoon):  Book 2
Scott Pilgrim (Bryan Lee O'Malley):  Books 3-6
Search for WondLa (Tony DiTerlizzi):  Book 2
Titanic (Gordon Korman):  Books 2-3

Newbery Winners
I resolved to start reading through these last year and never got underway.  I've listed those that are still available below, to be crossed off when finished.

The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon
The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
The Dark Frigate by Charles Hawes
Shen of the Sea by Arthur Bowie Chrisman
Smoky, the Cowhorse by Will James
Gay Neck, the Story of a Pigeon by Dhan Gopal Mukerji
The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly
Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field
The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth
Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Lewis
Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women by Cornelia Meigs
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer
The White Stag by Kate Seredy
Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright
Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry
The Matchlock Gun by Walter Edmonds
Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski
Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene de Bois
King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry
The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli
Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates
Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes
Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark
...And Now Miguel by Joseph Krumgold
The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong
Carry on, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen
Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
Onion John by Joseph Krumgold
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
It's Like This, Cat by Emily Neville
Shadow of a Bull by MaiaWojciechowska
I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino
Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
The High King by Lloyd Alexander
Sounder by William H. Armstrong
The Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox
M.C. Higgins, the Great by Virginia Hamilton
The Grey King by Susan Cooper
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers by Nancy Willard
Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt
Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman
Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Missing May by Cynthia Rylant
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman
The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
Holes by Louis Sachar
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi
The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo
Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins
The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, illustrated by Matt Phelan
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Dave McKean
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Classics on the Kobo
With my new smartphone with Kobo app, access to the classics is ridiculously easy, and I'd like to make some headway on the gaps left by my (apparently strange) high school and college required reading.  Completed titles for this resolution are listed below.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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