As librarians, we often receive emails from friends and family members, looking for specific book suggestions…
This email arrived over the holidays:
My dad’s been reading to a class of 3rd graders, and the assignment (instead of being a month) may last until the end of next academic year. I’d given him Neil Gaiman’s “Fortunately, the Milk” — which he and one of the groups liked — but he’s done with it.
I was thinking “Pippi Longstocking,” but it’s hard to know if that would be interesting to kids today. What do you suggest? Something to get them excited about reading.
We love a question like this!
Our Youth Services librarians came up with a short list of fun books to read out loud to 3rd graders, which the writer’s dad took to his school librarian. He wrote back, saying that he quickly found two books that looked perfect for his class.
So if you’re looking for ideas about what to read next, don’t forget to ask your librarian!
We always recommend that adult readers preview read-aloud suggestions, to find the best fit for their listeners.