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Katie Raynolds, the high school linguaphile we interviewed in our magazine last year, emailed from Seattle asking if she could intern in our New York office during spring break. Our answer: But of course! Katie just spent a busy and fun week with us. Here's a list of book recommendations for teenagers she put together:

"Just for girls"

Gossip Girl, by Cecily von Ziegesar
"I'm the first to admit that this series is complete fluff; there are no deep, intellectual conversations, no defining moments, and no witty dialogue. However I believe that these books provide a great opportunity for girls that don't normally read. I find that my friends that shun other reading material tend to enjoy this series."

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, by Ann Brashares
"The first of a series of four, this book is a great story about four girls that stay in touch over the summer through a 'magical' pair of pants. There are moments that tempt you to roll your eyes but it remains a sweet story about friendship, travel and the jeans that tie them together."

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, by Louise Rennison
"While the title of this book makes girls in the book store blush, the story behind the title is well worth the embarrassment. Told through the diary of British girl named Georgia, this series had me crying with laughter. Georgia's British slang is so outlandish that each book requires a glossary for translations, yet her story is relatable and risible in any language."

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A Kids' Librarian's Blogs

Besty Bird, a librarian at the New York Public Library who blogs about children's literature on her popular A Fuse #8 Production website, suggests checking out these blogs to find out more about kid's books:

Read Roger run by Roger Sutton, the editor of Horn Book Magazine

Bookshelves of Doom run by Leila, a librarian of Kennebunk, ME

Big A little a run by Kelly Herold, a midwestern language professor

Mother Reader run by Pam Coughlan, children's library assistant in northern Virginia.

Oz and Ends run by J.L. Bell, a writer, editor and researcher.

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Betsy Bird, the remarkable and passionate children's librarian we spoke to this week about great children's books, tracks the latest kid's literature at her job, and on her blog, the well-thumbed (virtually speaking) A Fuse #8 Production. Here are fifty or so of her favorites published this year. She reads them all, so she knows!

Picture Books:

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100 Best Books for Children -- Continued

In an earlier Dog Eared we told you about the one hundred books the National Education Association picked that make great reading for children and young people. Here are some more, the recommended "Books for Young Adults."

  1. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

  2. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

  3. Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls

  4. The Cay by Theodore Taylor

  5. The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare

To see the entire list, check out the Teachers First website.

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100 Best Books for Children

The National Education Association picked one hundred books that make great reading for children and young people. The following selections are the recommended "Books for All Ages."

  1. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

  2. Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings by Shel Silverstein

  3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

  4. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

  5. Heidi by Johanna Spyri

To see the entire list, check out the Teachers First website.

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