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First Lady Jane Beshear Announces Fall Reading List
FRANKFORT, Ky. – In recognition of the beginning of autumn, First Lady Jane Beshear today announced her Fall Reading List as part of her Reading Recommendations initiative.
“For my second annual fall reading list, I have selected both classic and newer books for a variety of ages,” said Mrs. Beshear. “While young people have many choices of how to spend their free time, few pursuits are more beneficial and enjoyable than delving into a good book. The long-term educational advantages of reading are well-documented, and the experience of discovering a beloved story is unparalleled. I encourage students to visit their local public libraries and check out these books, which may be read individually or with a family member.”
Mrs. Beshear introduced the Reading Recommendations program in the summer of 2009 and issues reading lists four times per year.
2010 Fall Reading List
- Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls (Ages 12-15)
I love to re-read this wonderful tale about a boy and his dog roaming the Ozarks, which resonates with readers young and old.
- Corduroy, Don Freeman (Ages: Birth-5)
The story of a beloved bear in green corduroy overalls rescued by a girl named Lisa is one of my favorite children’s books.
- The Pumpkin Goblin Makes Friends, Aaron Taylor (Ages: 4-8)
About an unkind Pumpkin Goblin whose unlikely friendship with a young boy causes him to make amends in his town, this picture book reveals the importance of companionship and kindness.
- Momma, Where Are You From?, Marie Bradby (Ages: 4-8)
Written by a Louisville author, this book depicts a conversation between a curious child and her mother about the mother’s past. From the joys of listening to Count Basie records to the trials of segregation, Momma’s memories evoke a bittersweet nostalgia.
- All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren (Ages: 15-18)
A Pulitzer Prize-winning novel penned by a Kentuckian, this narrative portrays the rise and fall of Willie Stark, a popular but unethical political figure, and the moral struggles his aide Jack Burden faces. Published in 1946, it continues to be relevant.
- The Indian in the Cupboard, Lynne Reid Banks (Ages: 9-12)
This much-loved novel about a boy who receives a magical cupboard that brings plastic toys to life has enchanted children and adults for almost 30 years.
- The Widow’s Broom, Chris Van Allsburg (Ages: 4-8)
Written and illustrated by an award-winning author, this story describes an enchanted broom, suspicious neighbors and a triumphant widow.
- Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë (Ages: 15-18)
Chronicling Jane’s progression from a penniless child orphan to courageous young woman, this classic novel remains on school reading lists for good reason.
- The Ghost’s Grave, Peg Kehret (Ages: 9-12)
A spine-tingling story about a boy and the ghost of a coal-miner, this story will get young people in the spirit for Halloween.
- Mouse’s First Fall, Lauren Thompson (Ages: Birth-5)
Mouse and Minka explore the outdoors on a fall day, learning about autumn, leaves and the changing of the seasons in this visually appealing book.