All my life I have been a lover of words and books.  I can still remember the books that hooked me in third grade:  How to Eat Fried Worms, Soup & Me, James & the Giant Peach, and later, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Oh yes, I did read with a flashlight under the covers.

I’ve been a teacher for longer than I wish to admit publicly, and I’ve been running book clubs for kids ages 8-12 for several years now.  I have developed quite a mental treasure trove of books to share.  If we want kids to develop as readers, it’s not rocket science.  It’s all about the books we put in their hands.  Hard as it is to admit, they are not (most often)  going to get hooked by the books we loved when we were little.  Sniff sniff. The times they are a changin’.

My goal with this blog is to give parents and teachers and anyone else who cares titles of ROAD TESTED, KID APPROVED books.  I am not going to bother with books I don’t love– or even books I love that kids find boring (there are a lot of those).   I’m trying to move you, dear parent/teacher/caregiver, beyond the Scholastic book flyer.  Nothing wrong with Scholastic Book Flyers.  I use them myself.  BUT, you can’t believe how many MORE fun, cool, terrifying, gripping, hilarious books are out there that a lot of kids never  get exposed to.  So, here it is, your new resource for FEEDING THE FLASHLIGHT.  Comments are always appreciated.

13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Julie Otte
    Aug 06, 2010 @ 15:24:15

    My 10 year old son started out the summer great, trip to the library, signed up for the summer reading program. He started 2 books but has not finished either one yet. We returned them to the library. He liked one so much I did order it from Borders so he is working on it. I know I am the one to set the example. I need to turn the tv/video games/computer off and sit down to read myself and then he will. Thanks for the reminder!


    • cameronkellyrosenblum
      Aug 06, 2010 @ 15:58:35

      Hey there,
      I’m such a loser, I didn’t even realize I posted this to FB. I am just starting to fool around with the whole blog thing. It actually deleted my second entry with book suggestions. Gotta get on it. Thanks for replying!



  2. Julie Otte
    Aug 06, 2010 @ 16:29:41

    I would love to see the book suggestions!


  3. jeni fogel
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 12:52:17

    Cammie!! this is incredible! what a treasure we have in you!!
    incredible idea! i will pass on! xo jeni


  4. Queen of Ambiguity
    Sep 11, 2010 @ 20:06:38

    This is awesome! When my sons were younger I had all sorts of booklists, but as they’ve gotten older it’s been harder to find great books for them. This is just what I need.


  5. Mary Jane
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 19:39:30

    Cam, I look forward to reading your blog…your insight is invaluable and would love to incorporate these titles in my classroom library! Thanks Cam!


  6. Linda Cadose
    Oct 11, 2012 @ 15:30:43

    Cameron, hi! I’d love to email you about my indie book, maybe send you a copy? Let me know if that is something you’d be interested in. Thank you!


  7. Linda A. Cadose
    Oct 11, 2012 @ 20:54:41

    The Hidden Chamber in the Great Sphinx is an action adventure nove, which was written for middle grade readers. It also contains a good deal of science fiction.


  8. Meighan Morrison
    Nov 09, 2013 @ 17:54:59

    Cam Kelly – your blog and your MO rock. Starting up the book thing again and stumbled upon your blog through a related WordPress search, but that is beside the point. We need a catch up, my dear… been WAY too long.
    Love, Meighan


    • Cameron Kelly Rosenblum
      Nov 10, 2013 @ 07:19:51

      I would love to catch up, Meighan! So glad you are back in the books– Lindsey is another from the class of ’84. We had a great time at a NH retreat this year. Just like good old days, but better. 🙂


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