Wednesday, September 14, 2016

What to Get after Booked by Kwame Alexander: #GetBooked Readalikes

Every day teachers, librarians, parents, and Kwame Alexander face children eager for more books like The Crossover and Booked, books to spark their imagination, to be both windows and mirrors, more dragonfly boxes to open. Once these hungry minds and hearts have been awakened, you have to feed them. Once they start seeing books as “amusement parks for readers,” we need to get them to Splash Mountain, the Tilt-A-Whirl, the Teacups, the works. Connecting young readers with other forever books builds trust and community. It's the best feeling in the world as a librarian. I hope these suggestions help you connect readers in your life with powerful reading experiences.

You could start with the just announced National Book Award for Young People’s Literature 2016 Longlist… Score, indeed!

But if you’re looking for Booked readalikes, you need look no further than Booked itself. Within the narrative of a boy who dislikes reading encountering the right books for him (Anyone else having a meta moment where you’d lend Nick The Crossover?) are the very tools to help young people like Nick. Kwame has created a collection of fantastic recommendations that are the perfect place for Booked readers to get going - and keep going.

The Way a Door Closes by Hope Anita Smith

From your window
you watch
and happiness
like twins
in quicksand (75)

The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

What? Huh?
If only you were concentrating as much
on The Watsons Go to Birmingham (115)

Pelé Book


Did you finish that Pelé book yet?
You lie and say yeah,
‘cause the last thing
you need is he and Dad
ganging up on you
over a book (165-166)

I’m actually not sure which Pelé book this is. It could be Pelé: The Autobiography by Pelé or the DK Biography: Pelé by James Buckley, or Pelé (Sports Heroes and Legends) by Dax Riner, or an imagined Pelé book that is the epitome of informational texts. Either way, it made me eager to know more about him, as I imagine kids will feel the same. I especially appreciate The Mac’s thoughtful readers’ advisory, connecting this book to Nick’s passion for soccer.

All the Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg

and you’re left
wide awake, thinking of
all your broken pieces. (228)

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

when you get
to page 60
the monsoon comes
and the book is
unputdownable (237)

Books You Find on Google (243)

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

Her older sister says

it’s hauntingly beautiful
and gut-wrenching

and it’s based
on a true story
about boy soldiers

in Sudan
and she gave it
five stars (250)

Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson

Like Peace, Locomotion,
an epistolary novel, which
means a  -

Great choice, April says, and winks

at you. (251)

Rhyme Schemer by K.A. Holt

Thanks. Rhyme Schemer’s a dope title, Mr. Mac.
Is this your autobiography?
It’s not, but you’re gonna dig it. (302)

Blackout Poetry books

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (51)
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (78)
How Lamar's Bad Prank won a Bubba-Sized Trophy by Crystal Allen (284)

Books Kwame has Recommended  

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Keeping the Night Watch by Hope Anita Smith

Words with Wings by Nikki Grimes

Which books would you recommend to Booked fans?

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