Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) has released its list of the "Top 100 Novels for Youth." The list at lincolnlibraries.org is based largely on submissions from hundreds of teachers and librarians from across the country that were published in School Library Journal in 2012. Local library staff also provided input and helped compile the list.
The list is available at any LCL location, and extra copies of the books on the list have been purchased for check out. The novels are appropriate for readers ages nine through 12, and LCL staff encourages parents and guardians to read the books aloud to children in this age range or younger.
"We hope families and individual readers will create their own reading challenges from our list," said Vicki Wood, LCL Youth Services Supervisor. "They may choose to read all the books published in a certain decade. They may decide to read all the books with animals as the main characters, or explore the work of a certain author. The challenges have been known to help keep young people on track to attain their reading goals."
Readers are invited to share their reading challenge stories in August on LCL's Facebook page at facebook.com/Lincoln.libraries.