29 August 2007

12 Must Read Books for Teens

I said earlier that I would create my own list of 12 books to read before you turn 12. I can't do it. I have given it a lot of thought and as I teacher I am constantly referring students to books. Mind you, my students are generally between the ages of 12- 16. I have to know a young person before I could suggest a book for them. I have read a lot of books for young adults. There is such an amazing variety. So I am going to pass on this list. I have mentioned many books that I love for young people. There are 46 blog posts on this blog about young adult reading. This however is only for the last 35 months that I've been blogging. I've read heaps before I started blogging. It's just too hard.

My Shakey Reading Memories
I can't really remember what I read before I turned 12 with any accuracy, but I know Enid Blyton was big for me. I also read a whole series about a nurse called Sue Barton. It was responsible for me thinking I was going to be a nurse when I grew up. In reality I hate the sight of blood though. I loved 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' and lots of fairy tales. Some of my favourites were 'The Princess and the Pea' and 'Rapunzel'. Milly Molly Mandy, Pollyanna, Anne of Green Gables were some others I loved. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and lots of school readers I can recall. I remember wishing there were books written by Australians about Australians because the books I read had the seasons and landscape all wrong. I would love to hear from others what they read around these times. I was born in 1965.


cerebralmum said...

I loved Enid Blyton as well. The Australian books I remember though are 7 Little Australians and the Silver Brumby series. I also remember a picture book I loved called The Bunyip of Berkeley's Creek. I still have it and my 11 month old son (who brings me books from his shelf constantly throughout the day) loves it as well. He seems to loves the sound of the word bunyip, which is repeated often. And who wouldn't? The illustrations are gorgeous too.

baby~amore' said...

I remember another one author Ruth Park ... Playing Beatie bow and others.

Joh said...

I didn't get to read Ruth Park until I was much older, but certainly a good one!