Friday, May 26, 2006

May 26: A to Z Reading Day

May is Get Caught Reading Month, and the 26th day of the month is a reminder that any list of good books runs the gamut of all 26 letters of the alphabet. It’s also a reminder that summer is near, and you need to put together your summer reading list.

Get Caught Reading month is sponsored by the Association of American Publishers (AAP). The goal of the program is to "spread the word about the joys of reading through an industry-supported literacy campaign." The program was launched in 1999 by former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder. For more details on the program, go

One great source for reading ideas is the book Great Books for Every Book Lover by Thomas Craughwell. Craughwell’s book provides over 2000 different titles divided into more than 50 categories. What follows is an A to Z list of suggested titles. Following each title is the name of the Category from Craughwell’s book.

The Alphabet Abecedarium: Some Notes on Letters

The Big Sleep
– Tough Guys

The Crucible – Classics of the Stage

Deliverance – First Time Out

Eyewitness to History – The Best Anthologies

Firedance – Sci-Fi Classics

Great Plains – Traveler’s Tales

High Fidelity – First-Class Fiction

Ivanhoe -- Epics

Jaws – Beach Books

Kiss the Girls -- Thrillers

License to Grill – Books to Savor: Food and Wine

Mary, Queen of Scots – Royal Lives

Nineteen Eighty-Four – British Classics

On the Road – American Classics

Paul Revere’s Ride – Children’s Classics

Queen Margot – Rediscovered Classics

Richard III – Shakespeare – In a Class by Himself

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight – Worlds of Wonder

Things Fall Apart – An Author You Should Know

Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West – The Best History

Vengeance of Orion – Great Adventures

Where the Sidewalk Ends – For Young Readers

The Year of Living Dangerously –The Book is Always Better than the Movie

Zeke and Ned – Hard Riding Western

Today’s Challenge: A Bibliophile’s A-Z File
A bibliophile is a lover or collector of books. The word is from the Greek: [bilio, book + phile, love]. Your mission today is to put together an A-Z list of your favorite books, or get a head start on your summer reading list; visit a bookstore or library and compile an A-Z list of books you haven’t read but want to.

Quote of the Day: Any kid who has two parents who are interested in him and a houseful of books isn't poor. --Sam Levenson

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