Adrienne

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In college, I did everything possible to find ways to sneak my favorite hobby, reading, into my class schedule. When I finally and hesitantly declared a Reading minor and an English for Elementary Education major, I remember thinking, "Is this really allowed?" A few years, degrees, and a hefty stint in a fourth-grade elementary classroom later, and I'm a Youth Librarian sitting in the library thinking, "Is this really allowed?" Indeed, I have managed to turn my hobby into a career, and that is absolutely allowed.

My time spent reading alongside nine-year-olds has left me with an undying appreciation for middle grade fiction. It's magical stuff. These authors crank out some beautiful work that covers incredibly real pieces of the human experience in such succinct packages. As a regular storytime provider, I also get quite enthusiastic about picture books and read alouds. I have served on the Michigan Library Association's Mitten Award Committee (an annual award given for outstanding picture books), so I take great joy in poring over picture books and admiring the way the illustrations complement the text. I will admit that I pick up fiction much more often than nonfiction, but in my defense, I've learned a lot more about our world from historical fiction novels than I ever did in history classes (sorry, teachers... I tried, I promise!). The wonderful reading peer pressure in my life comes mainly from my colleagues, but also from my mother, who has always been a voracious reader. In high school, she tore me away from Wuthering Heights and Harry Potter to force me to try a cheesy, paperback romance novel, insisting that I should always be open to new genres. I dutifully read it, but... that genre doesn't make my top five list today. I do enjoy dabbling in various genres, especially when they come recommended from a friend (or my mom).

Reading Lists

Adrienne's Reading Lists

Middle Read Lakeshore 2022

The Hero's Journey! Here are some featured middle grade reads that follow the hero's journey.

Little Read Lakeshore 2022

Matt de la Peña is our featured author for the Little Read Lakeshore 2022. Check out his book, Last Stop on Market Street, a hero's journey.

Legends, Myths, and Tall Tales

A variety of options, great for middle grade readers

Books in Verse

These are all written in free verse, a form of poetry. Click a title to see more available formats, like eBooks and downloadable audiobooks.

Autobiographies & Biographies (with video recommendations!)

Recommendations for middle grade readers. Click on a title to see more available formats, like audiobooks and eBooks.

2022 March Book Madness: Young Adult

Read along with March Book Madness! Here's a list of books available. Click to view available formats. https://marchbookmadness.weebly.com/

2022 March Book Madness: Middle Grade

Read along with March Book Madness! Here's a list of books available. Click to view available formats. https://marchbookmadness.weebly.com/

Fantasy (with video recommendations!)

Recommendations for middle grade readers. Click a title to see more format options.

2022 March Book Madness: Picture Books

Read along with March Book Madness! Here's a list of books available. Click to view available formats. https://marchbookmadness.weebly.com/

2022 Award-Winning Books for Kids

The ALA Youth Media Awards were announced on Jan. 24. Place your holds today! Find available formats when you click on individual titles.

Graphic Novels (with video recommendations!)

Recommendations for middle grade readers. Find more available formats by selecting individual titles.

Anti-Racism & Social Justice Picture Books

This list of eLibrary resources can be read with children. Use them to help start a conversation with your family.

2021 in Picture Books

A few of the notable picture books published in 2021 that you can find on our shelves!

Hans Christian Andersen Stories

Try Hans Christian Andersen's famous fairy tales and adaptations.

Mindfulness Books for Kids

Take time to breathe! These books will help you & your little ones notice emotions and feelings while making yourself aware of each moment.

Adrienne's Blog

The Little Read Lakeshore logo with photo of 2022 book selection cover in background

Little Read Lakeshore 2022

Matt de la Peña is the featured author for this year’s Little Read, Last Stop on Market Street.
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