Some Summer Reading!

Looking for something to read this summer?
A recent survey found that over half of the audience for Young Adult Literature (YA) are adults!  Why not join the ranks and take some YA with you this summer out to the back yard!

Young Adult Literature, includes pieces you probably remember. Huckleberry FinnThe Outsiders,  and even Harry Potter  are considered YA, and while you might feel guilty or embarrassed about reading books designed for a younger audience, I think the summer is the perfect time to branch out! I believe you’ll find these books entertaining and fast paced.  Remember the audience they are geared toward has many more options for spare time entertainment.   The books are also well written and tackle touch issues but in a hopeful way.  They are typically relatable and many are being made into films or television shows and most are typically shorter.

My choices for YA books with an ag flair for you to use this summer??  Take a gander!

  1. Sorry for Your Loss by Jessie Ann Foley. I can’t say enough about this Illinois READS Selected book! My favorite book right now…..a must read!
  2. Flip the Bird by Kym Brunner… a great look at those with animals and animal activists.
  3. Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell. A YA author and a graphic novel….a perfect combination.
  4. Gut Check by Erick Kester… food, family, hunger and football.
  5. By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery—bees in an urban setting….Primarily African American characters attending an inner city college.
  6. The Beef Princess of Practical County by Michelle Houts….you can’t miss with this book!
  7. A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck or anything by Richard Peck!
  8. ….and now Miguel  by Joseph Krumgold 1950’s Newberry Medalist with a sheep theme.
  9. A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord…blueberries in Maine, a blind dog, a migrant worker and a queen contest.
  10. War Horse by Michael Morpugo…great movie, even better book
  11. Kristina Srpinger’s Just Your Average Princess…. Illinois Author, set in central IL, can’t miss book.
  12. Steering Toward Normal by Rebecca Petruck…life beyond the show ring.
  13. Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s Dairy Queen  and the rest of the trilogy. It is truly YA….so for the HS crowd and up!
  14. Crosswire by Dotti Enderle…I read it and saw it as a Walker Texas Ranger Flashback!
  15. Chigger by Raymond Bial another Illinois Author, I am positive those 40 and 50 somethings will see your childhood!
  16. Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson. A very popular YA author and a Yellow Fever outbreak in colonial times.
  17. Artichoke’s Heart by Suzanne Supplee. Nutrition, friendship, a quick read
  18. Peeled and Squashed by Joan Bauer. Simply great books!
  19. Seedfolks by Newberry Winner Paul Fleishman. Urban gardening at its finest.
  20. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. Certainly some coming of age  and civil rights era mixed in with pollinators
  21. The Year Money Grew on Trees by Aaron Hawkins. In the 1980s it was hard work, now it is STEM Careers!
  22. My Louisiana Sky by Kimberly Willis Holt. Nationa Book Award Winning Author.  GREAT Book!
  23. Taylor Honor Award Winner Black Radishes by Susan Lynn Meyer. Food, Hunger and WWII France.
  24. Pura Belpre Award Winner Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez. A look at immigrant labor in agriculture.
  25. The Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry,….faith, family and ranching.
  26. National Book Winner The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata. Wheat and Wheat Harvest.  Another Illinois Reads selection…and a crowd pleaser!

Pass the dog days of summer with a look at some good books Check your local library or bookstore for these items!

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