Everyone is interested in Malia and Sasha Obama - role models for American girls - and children around the world. What are they wearing? (pretty and tasteful) Where are they traveling this summer? (Europe) What flavor of ice cream do they like (vanilla custard). But there's something else that's much more important and revealing: What do they like to read?
It might be difficult to find out the names of their favorite books, but there are certain books they will probably be reading this summer... Their School, Sidwell Friends, has a summer 2009 reading list for each grade. For Malia, who is entering grade six in September, the recommended reading list includes 45 novels, five collections of short stories, nine non-fiction titles, five books of poetry and six biographies: Sidlist6. In addition to selecting from these titles, incoming sixth graders are asked to read one of the following for literature circle in the fall:
A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
Reaching for Sun by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
Shackleton’s Stowaway by Victoria McKernan
The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
The Misfits by James Howe
For Sasha, who will be entering third grade, the summer reading list is divided into categories: Six books of Animal Tales, four Fantastic Adventures, five Stories about Friends and Families, eight non-fiction books, and five books of poetry: Sidlist3.
The recommendations for both grade levels include classics like The Secret Garden by Frances Burnett and Stuart Little by E. B White, along with contemporary writers, like Alexander McCall Smith, who has written a series of books about an African boy named, Akimbo. If Sasha chooses, she could read a book by Judith St. George - So You Want to be President?
More on the Obama girls summer reading list coming up! There are glaring gaps in my own knowledge of the canon - so I'm selecting certain books from their lists for my own summer reading and blogging. I'll keep you - how should I put this - posted.