October 2017

Hour 5 – Break Up Your Reading

Hello again! Kendra here from the Reading Women podcast and Booktube. This is my last hour with you guys, but don’t worry. It’ll be good, because we’re gonna talk about kiddie lit.

Children’s literature is an oft-forgotten corner of the Bookternet. It’s right in between the pop-up books and video game guides. But I love all types of children’s literature — middle reader, picture books, choose your own adventure — just hand it over.

During readathons, I often feel overwhelmed by all the books I want to read or by all the intense, adult topics I’m reading. For my first readathon, I thought reading the dense, but wonderful, The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen would be a good idea. No! Choose life, past Kendra!

Sharon Creech signed Dylan’s copy for him!

Now I know it’s probably a good idea to break up your reading. Last readathon, I read graphic novels every time I wanted a break. But this time, I plan on reading some children’s lit.

Children’s books can be one of the best way to break up an intense reading day, especially if you listen to them on audio. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead and Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool are some of my all-time favorites. If you’re looking to go more the poetry novel route, check out Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai, Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson, or, Dylan’s favorite, Love That Dog by Sharon Creech.

On my TBR this readathon is Jen Campbell’s Franklin’s Flying Bookshop. Do you have any children’s lit on your TBR? Any favorites? However you decide to break of your readathon, I’m sure you’ll do great! Keep reading, bookish friends!

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32 thoughts on “Hour 5 – Break Up Your Reading”

  1. Yes! I actually decided to ONLY read kidlit for this read-a-thon, since I’m planning to write a middle-grade (or maybe YA?) book for NaNoWriMo in November. I’m in the middle of reading “Brooding YA Hero” by Carrie DiRisio (which I started last weekend), and I requested a bunch of children’s books from the library, so I’m on my way to pick them up now. 😀

  2. Yes! I’ve learned to put some fast, fun reads on my lists, over the years, and that usually means YA/MG books. This year, I’ve got a Goosebumps book in my pile… I think it’s the very first one, actually, which I never read (though I was a big fan of the series as a kid).

  3. Not quite children’s lit but more middle grade, I’ve decided to revisit The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede if I need a break from the rest of my stack! I loved these books as a child and I think it’s time for a reread!

  4. I read A lot of children’s literature, as I work in a library in children services. I just finished my second book Star Wars Jedi Academy it was a cute fast fun read to break up my longer books .

  5. I know in this question, YA doesn’t count. So, no, I don’t have any children’s books on my TBR pile. My kids are 18 and 23 and I just don’t think about children’s books anymore.

  6. I’m currently taking a ‘break’ with some poetry. It isn’t light but it’s still refreshing in a way as well. [milk and honey by rupi kaur]
    For my next breaks I’ll probably grab some Death Note volumes as I only read until the 8th one since the GetGraphic Readathon. 😊

  7. I have borrowed Sisters by Raina Telgemeier from my daughter to read if I get tired. It is a graphic novel for Middle Grades. And I have where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein (also from daughter’s shelf”) if I am feeling in a silly mood (a favorite from my own childhood.

  8. I don’t have any kid lit on my TBR today but I DO have a favorite…

    The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce about books as comfort. It has gorgeous illustrations and I wish it’d been around when I was a kid.

  9. Not into polite books. Raised two children so been there, done that. By break up will be a graphic novel “The New Ghost”.

  10. Thank you so much for the pics of Dylan!

    I’ve got Cardcaptor Sakura and the first of the Lemony Snicket books going on today, plus an Audible credit set aside for Wishtree if Between the World and Me gets too stressful. 🙂

  11. So let’s try this again! Trying to dice potatoes while dictating didn’t work out well!

    JILL L
    October 21, 2017 at 12:15 pm
    Not into picture books. Raised two children so been there, done that. My break will be a graphic novel “The New Ghost”.

    Much Better.

  12. I do not have Children’s lit on my TBR list today, but for a recommendation for everyone in the future, check out Zora and Me!

  13. I break up my reading with funny books. In today’s lineup are: a lovely hardcover of Mort by Terry Pratchett, Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman on Kindle, and a secondhand copy I picked up of The Folio Anthology of Humor.

  14. I’ve got Miles Morales planned for later this afternoon and a kid-friendly graphic novel, The Adventures of Superhero Girl, on my shelf should I want to switch to something more visual.

  15. Now that my sons are teens, I love using Readathon as an excuse to dip back into picture books. I typically try to read the Caldecott and Newbury Award winners during the April Readathon.

    This time, I’m changing it up and read short stories as my interludes

  16. I have several YA books on my list, but I hadn’t thought about reading children’s lit. Coincidentally, though, my niece and nephew (ages 6 and 5 respectively) are here for the day. Maybe I should read to them when I finish my current book.

  17. Ha ha! As a Youth Services librarian, I have a huge stack of required reading, all of which is YA or middle grade, most of which seem to be about heavy topics. So my “take a break” reading is actually historical mysteries (maybe with a little romance?).

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