If you have kids or grandkids or maybe happen to be a kid, you just struck gold. This is your lucky day. Your literary nirvana is at hand. No kidding.
The Georgia Center for the Book has just released its very first list of “25 Books All Young Georgians Should Read.” You’ll find it elsewhere at this site; please feel free to take a moment right now to check it out. I’ll wait until you get back.
Pretty impressive, isn’t it? Or maybe you aren’t sure; maybe you don’t recognize all the books or authors. That’s why we’re here — we’ve spent a lot of time going through a lot of good books before coming up with this list of extraordinarily wonderful books for you and your family and friends. We’ve even arranged them by appropriate age groups to make it easier for you to find one for your special young reader. They run the age gamut from tot to teen, from pre-K picture book to serious novel. And every one is a gem in its own way.
This seems like such a good idea, why didn’t we do it before now? Well, we’ve been doing lists for grown-up Georgia readers since 2002 (you’ll find them listed at this web site, too), but it took us a while to get around to meeting the needs of younger readers. And young readers, we all know, usually become older readers. They tend to do better in school, they tend to greater accomplishments, and we think they just grow up to be much more interesting adults. So a listing like this is better late than never. and down the road, there will be others, to be sure.
For now, we invite you — heck, we urge you — to enjoy the books on this inaugural list. Some of them are very serious and deal with the most intense topics like death (“A Taste of Blackberries”) and disease (“Blood Brothers”) and drugs (“Joseph”). Others teach us important lessons about friendship (“The Origami Master”) and honesty (“The Monster Who Did My Math”). Some are just plain fun (try “Pete the Cat” or “Mittens”). The authors are all very good; there is pleasure as well as knowledge to come from these books.
And if you’d like to know more about the authors and their work, you’ll find a link from each author to a biographies we’ve prepared for you. We think these are helpful additions to broaden your appreciation of the writers. They are a unique resource, found only here, for your use. If all this works for you, do let us know. If not, let us know. We’re all in this together to spread the word about good books and connect writers and readers all over the state of Georgia.