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Young Adults Books for Adult Readers: The Remix

About a year ago, I posted a list of YA books for adult readers. Consider this an extension of that list:

Music and Movement

The best management technique of all is to be totally focused on the activity. Show enthusiasm and build anticipation. If YOU are involved, the children will be involved (p 11).

Of course, it doesn’t hurt to remove all chairs from the room, essentially forcing parents to get involved. I hold a monthly program called Music and Movement for ages 3 through 6.

On our library’s event page, I encourage parents and children to wear sneakers and comfortable clothing “as both will be doing a lot of moving!”

A general announcement to silence cell phones and participate in the program with their child(ren) never goes amiss either.

I designed Music and Movement to promote good health by blending appropriate books, music and movement for an invigorating experience.

Some of my favorite books to choose from include:

Craig, Lindsey. Dancing Feet.
Cronin, Doreen. Wiggle.
Cronin, Doreen. Stretch.
Davis, Kate. Who Hops?
Ellery, Tom. If I Were a Jungle Animal.
Fuge, Charles. This is the Way.
Gravett, Emily. Monkey and Me.
London, Jonathan. Wiggle, Waggle.

I usually read 2 to 4 books per program and work them between movement segments to give folks a breather. As a facilitator, I wear yoga pants, a library T-shirt and I always bring a water bottle!

I also incorporate movement activities that require kids to act out stories or songs. For example, I’ve tweaked Michael Rosen’s performance of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt (watch the YouTube video) so kids are slapping their hands on their thighs while singing “We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re gonna catch a big one.” Then I pretty much follow his lead. The kids LOVE it.

Other fun acting out songs/stories include:

Baby Beluga
Baby Shark
Shake My Sillies Out
We are the Dinosaurs (Laurie Berkner)
The Monster Mash (for Halloween fun!)

You can get creative with the songs for other holidays and seasons.

I also incorporate ribbons/streamers for songs including:

The Wheels on the Bus
The Freeze Dance
Walking on Sunshine (with bubbles) or other pop hits (give those parents a break! I personally love the Glee songs)

Rhythm Sticks, Shakers, and/or Bells can be used as well. For great ideas on using these tools, consult 101 Rhythm Instrument Activities for Young People by Abigail Flesch Connors (quoted above) or Mother Goose on the Loose by Betsy Diamant-Cohen (check out her site).

I like to keep some consistency in my closing songs across ages and programs to signal the end. My two favorites: “The More We Get Together” and “Twinkle Little Star.”

The Garden State Teen Book Award Ballot: Grades 9-12

At the NJLA YA section meeting yesterday, Librarians gathered to promote, defend and tear apart titles to determine the 2012 GSTBA ballet for grades 9 though 12. The final (tentative) results are:

  1. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
  2. Tales of the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance 1973 by John Barnes
  3. Rosie and Skate by Beth Ann Bauman
  4. Going Bovine by Libba Bray
  5. Hate List by Jennifer Brown
  6. Fire: A Companion to Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  7. We Were Here by Matt De La Pena
  8. After by Amy Efaw
  9. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  10. Soul Enchilada by David MacInnis Gill
  11. Into the Wild Nerd Yonder: My Life on the Dark Side by Julie Halpern
  12. The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks
  13. Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher
  14. I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly and J.M. Ken Nimura
  15. Ash by Malinda Lo
  16. Flash Burnout by L. K. Madigan
  17. Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick
  18. The Devil’s Paintbox by Victoria McKernan
  19. Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork
  20. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

The only title I’m sorry to see didn’t make the list is Brutal by Michael Harmon. But I had to choose my battles and all my efforts went into The Devil’s Paintbox by McKernan (one of the most under appreciated books of 2009). I was happy to find that the other 3 readers for Paintbox loved and supported it with me! Victory. Happy reading, folks. It’s a great list.

The two alternates are: Lips Touch: Three Times and North of Beautiful by Hadley.

How Many of These ‘Top 100 YA Novels’ Have You Read?

I’ve bolded the titles I’ve read (43). From Persnickety Snark’s poll:

  1. The Hunger Games | Suzanne Collins
  2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone | J.K. Rowling
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird | Harper Lee
  4. Speak | Laurie Halse Anderson
  5. Northern Lights | Philip Pullman
  6. The Truth About Forever Sarah Dessen
  7. The Book Thief | Markus Zusak
  8. The Outsiders | S.E. Hinton
  9. Twilight | Stephenie Meyer
  10. This Lullaby | Sarah Dessen
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Children’s Picture Book List: Who’s Afraid of the Dark?

Here are some ghosts-goblins-monsters-and-other-scary-creatures books on my Halloween themed display in the Children’s section. Some will also be used during story time (bolded) later this month when I host a Halloween party for kids ages 4 – 8.


Allen, Jonathon. “I’m Not Scared!” 2007.

Crimi, Carolyn. Boris and Bella. 2004.

Lichtenheld, Tom. Everthing I know About Monsters: A collection of made-up facts, educated guesses, and silly pictures about creatures of creepiness. 2002.

Mayer, Mercer. There’s a Nightmare in my Closer. 1968.

O’Connor, George. Sally and the Something. 2006.

O’Malley, Timothy. Velcome. 1997.

Postgate, Daniel. Engelbert Sneem and His Dream Vacuum Machine. 2006.

Taylor, Sean. When a Monster is Born. 2006.

Rex, Adam. Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich and other stories you’re sure to like because they’re all about monsters, and some of them are also about food. 2006.

Rex, Adam. Frankenstein Takes the Cake. 2008.

Rex, Michael. Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody. 2008.

Stewart, Joel. Dexter Bexley and the Big Blue Beasty. 2007.

Wilson, Karma. Bear Feels Scared. 2008.


Howitt, Mary Botham. The Spider and the Fly. 2002.

Singer, Marilyn. Monster Museum. 2001.

Singer, Marilyn. Creature Carnival. 2004.