Sunday, October 30, 2016

101 books to read before you grow up by Bianca Schulze

One feature of this book that I really like are all the extra suggestions given with each title.  I have put three examples here.  The large image is the book you will find reviewed in 101 Books to read before you grow up and the smaller books are ideas for further reading. These recommendations seem to take two forms - more books by the same author and books with a similar theme, plot or setting.

I was pleased to see some of my favourite books included in this selection of 101 such as Stargirl, A long walk to water, Inside out and back again, Out of my mind, Number the stars, The Watson's go to Birmingham - 1963, The one and only Ivan, The Hundred dresses, Tuck Everlasting, From the mixed up files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler, The Paperbag Princess and Because of Winn Dixie to name just a few.  The author is now based in Colorado but she was born and raised in Australia so you will find plenty of our terrific Australian books recommended in this guide along with US and UK titles.  You can read more on her blog.

As you can see in the sample page I included above for each title you can read a synopsis and a brief recommendation along with details of the suggested age, genre, publication date, page count and an extra fun fact about the author.  There is space on each page for you to add your own rating and notes.  The only extra detail I would have liked is a cover image but I guess copyright considerations made this difficult.  You can see below images of two other books I have that also make book suggestions.  1001 children's books you must read before you grow up and Book Crush by the wonderful Nancy Pearl.

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