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Book Crush: For Kids And Teens Recommended Reading For Every Mood, Moment, And Interest (Book Lust)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  487 ratings  ·  73 reviews
From picture books to chapter books, YA fiction and nonfiction, Nancy Pearl has developed more thematic lists of books to enjoy. The Book Lust audience is committed to reading, and here is a smart and entertaining tool for picking the best books for kids. Divided into three sections—Easy Books, Middle-Grade Readers, and Young Adult—Nancy Pearl makes wonderful reading conne...more
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Published (first published March 1st 2007)
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Not a huge fan of book list books. Thought it was mostly okay, some weird organizational things - but, really how the hell does one organize the thousands of books one wants to recommend? Disagreed with some agreed with others


I saw it, a book/author I hate so much I was repelled by the thought that Pearl could even consider this book as worth mentioning and I felt that I could no longer trust a word she said. Maybe I don't even like the books we shared a taste before because I can not f...more
Shellie (Layers of Thought)
Original series review posted at Layers of Thought.

If you love books and lists, and are an eclectic reader, you will adore this series. Each recommends books which are organized into themes, with great little descriptions; all are softbound, small and easy to read.

Books reviewed:
Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason ~ by Nancy Pearl
More Book Lust: Reading Recommendations for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason
Book Crush: For Kids and Teens

Thoughts: Nancy Pearl, librarian...more
I was curious to read Nancy Pearl's book, since she is supposedly "America's favorite librarian". While there is no single reader's advisory book or source that will fit every need, this one seems like a very useful one for parents and librarians who want to pick out or recommend books for young people. Although each book in this pocket-sized volume is not summarized in detail, the book is organized into age group and then by subject. Pearl has chosen snazzy titles for her subject groupings, and...more
Sep 30, 2012 April rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People looking for recommendations
First and foremost, Book Crush For Kids and Teens-Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Interest is a reference book, not a book with a plot or a story, and it should be read as such. I believe this book absolutely belongs on the shelf of any one who has an interest in children's lit and YA.
Read the rest of my review here
Amanda Daugherty
Pearl, N. (2010). Book crush: For kids and teens: Recommended reading for every mood, moment,
and interest. Seattle, WA: Sasquatch Books.

Citation created by: Amanda Daugherty

Type of reference: Bibliography

Call number: 011.625

Cost: $16.95

Description: This book is a bibliography of over 1,000 books that are recommended for children and teenagers.

Content/Scope: This book contains a list of titles broken down by age group and then by interest.

Accuracy/Authority: This book is a newer version publi...more
Mar 12, 2009 Karren rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teachers, tutors, parents, readers
Recommended to Karren by: Gayle Thomas
I love the structure of this book of recommended reading for children / youth. First of all, it's organized very simply into 3 sections: youngest readers, middle-grader readers, and teen readers. Having researched book recommendations online, it is incredibly hard to find a good list when children / youth have such a wide range of reading levels and interests (for instance, try finding a book for a 7th grade boy who reads at a 3rd grade level. Not as easy as you'd think when you're trying to eng...more
I was unsure about the format of this book; most reference books of this sort have lists of books to choose from. I found, though, that the set-up was easy to work with and had enough of a teaser for most of the books to get the gist of what they were about. While most of the categories that the books were broken down into were very easy to navigate and could be skipped entirely if you knew it was a topic that did not interest your child, there were a few that didn't mesh as well and the books w...more
This is an exceptionally well thought out book with superb reading lists directed at youth, but I think that the lists could be used by adults as well.

Parents can appreciate the first section of the book entitled Part 1: Youngest Readers, which is full of brilliant suggestions for little ones.

Part 2: Middle-Grade Readers Ages 8-12 is a terrific mix of classic and modern literature that will turn any child into a life long reader (this is a great section for books to give as gifts to kids as we...more
Linda Lipko
Nancy Pearl is also the author of Book Lust and More Book Lust. In this edition she writes recommendations regarding children and teen books.

Packed full of suggestions, I added many to my already bulging impossible to finish tbr list.

While one might think this would be a dry list of recommendations, rather, it is written with a style that kept me reading and very interested.

Like me, Nancy had a not so happy childhood. Like me, Nancy Pearl spent her childhood in libraries. And, like me, she was v...more
I liked the way this book was set up in three sections for young children, middle-grade readers, and teens. Each division discussed books related by a theme or mood. There was a nice mix of old and new books. I saw many I'd like to check out from the library.

I think the book could be improved if the recommended books stood out more, rather than just include the title in bold print, with a description, and the theme or topic discussed in essay form. I would prefer to see an introduction to the t...more
Lisa Vegan
Jul 08, 2007 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children, teachers, parents, librarians, adults who enjoy kids' lit
Unfortunately not comprehensive or always on the mark. For instance, A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle is mentioned as a good book for discussion in one section, but under The Middle Grade Readers ages 8-12, when Madeleine L'Engle is mentioned, her only book listed is Meet The Austins, a book I loved, but A Wrinkle In Time should have been put in that section also or instead of Meet The Austins. A Wrinkle In Time was my favorite book when I was 10 & up and loved it when I was was first...more
I admit that I skimmed the first part of this book since it was geared towards picture books. However, I really enjoyed the second two parts of the book. Her book recommendations are fantastic and I particularly enjoyed when she mentiones if they would be good as read-alouds.

My only complaint, and it's a small one, is the format. I would have preferred a list of the books with small descriptions and age ranges for each one as opposed to the way she has several books rolled into one paragraph. Th...more
I like Nancy Pearl's recommendations - she certainly knows her stuff, and when I'm familiar with the book, I generally agree with her. I had a lot of fun finding all the titles that I had read as a child (or as a member of the kids' section). My only issue with the book was the omission of several of my favorites (most of which are recent, and it's entirely possible that they weren't available before she published Book Crush). Specifically, Jaclyn Moriarty, Cynthia Lord's Rules, Lauren Child, 17...more
Christine H
Nov 25, 2008 Christine H rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bookworms
Shelves: edu-lit
I really liked this book, but I warn you of the consequences--putting an exorbitant number of books onto your to-read list! My book is so full of page-markers that the book itself could be a page-marker in my library. I was glad to have found a compilation of great books that was created by someone who had actually read them! I only wish there had been more descriptions of some of the novels mentioned as a way of further enticing me to read them. I am glad, though, about the organization of the...more
Nancy Pearl is my hero. How do I get to be her and publish fun books like this and have my own action figure? Maybe I should email her and find out. I skimmed some of this but for the most part, her suggestions seemed right on (and of course, made me want to read more!). The only thing I didn't love was at the end of some sections she would include a paragraph with further suggestions and she offered only titles without even a small phrase summary. I like to see summaries in these types of books...more
This is a super reference resource--full of booklists for kids and teens. I did wish there was more about mood appeal as that's the reader's advisory thing I'm struggling with a bit. I thought it was organized a lot more by topic/interest than by mood, which was disappointing given the title (although there are some mood triggers--e.g. "Cry me a river"). Even with my disappointment over the mood thing though, Nancy Pearl is always great--super funny with booklists like "Sink your teeth into thes...more
Nancy Pearl is like the librarian I had as a child -- my guess is she could take one look at you and know the perfect book for you to read.

This book is invaluable for children's librarians -- or at least it is for me -- giving me lots of titles to recommend with confidence (even if I haven't read every one) and reminding me of long lost friends (Golden Name Day? Yes, please!)

A great reference book that I'll probably end up purchasing for my own private collection.
Everything that I didn't like about Book Lust worked here, mostly because while I'm not necessarily willing to commit to 500 pages of an adult novel based on a few sentences, I am willing to do it for picture books or teen lit. I wrote down lots of titles to check out while reading this.
This book would be really helpful in finding (and motivating) children to read. The book is divided into 118 lists of books that the author feels are worth reading. The book is very well rounded and easy to read. A child can use it themselves or a teacher can use it to help a child select a book based on their interest. I think this book would be especially helpful with middle schoolers and teens.
This one is great. I need it in print to make notes and for sharing! I will use this book a lot!

Now that I have enjoyed my print copy for a week I am so excited to have this book! It is perfect. I'm reminded of old friends, and I'm finding new classics. The short, quick synopsis bits are wonderful to help a librarian or anyone working to find the "perfect" book! Love it!!!
Liked it, but after my experience with Novel Lust, I have decided that there is no point in reading these until I can buy my own copies and basically use them as a shopping list. I tried to write down all the titles Novel Lust that sounded interesting to me, and the list is absurdly long, plus I'm pretty sure I forgot several. No way I'm doing that again with this one.
The best book of book recommendations for children. I read it straight through and now it will be an invaluable resource. I was surprised to see it was published in 2007 as I have just heard of it. An updated version would be great as there are so many good YA books that have come out in the past few years. I found this much better than Book Lust and More Book Lust by the same author.
This is a good book to check out from the library, so that you can get additional ideas of what books you can throw your children's way. However, the minute it was published it became outdated. That's just the nature of these book list books. Therefore, I wouldn't own this book in my personal library unless I was a professional teacher, librarian, or worked in a book store.
4.5- Very cool book, great to use as a reference. The book is divided into three age categories, and then the author lists recommendations based on smaller characteristics (animals, adventure books, Halloween books, books about books, etc.) If you want to read a book about a certain topic, look for suggestions here! Great resource for parents and teachers.
Jackie "the Librarian"
Sep 29, 2007 Jackie "the Librarian" rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: if you like kids' books
I liked it, gotta give Nancy Pearl respect for all the reading she does. My one reservation was with the format, all the books lumped into paragraphs, instead of each having individual entries. But I think it's a great resource for finding books for kids.
Or, you could ask the youth services librarian at your library for help. Hint, hint.
I've enjoyed Nancy Pearl's literary expertise (as a librarian at the Seattle Public Library) in helping to create a series of books that help give you ideas of books to read.

I own Book Lust. I should buy More Book Lust and this book. LOTS of good ideas in these books. (Sometimes I don't quite enjoy some titles ... but others are WONDERFUL.)
FABULOUS book listing many, many, many wonderful books for young children through teens. Broken down first by age group, then by subject matter, it works very well. Every library should own a copy of this book. I, myself, will be buying it for my own book shelf. I look forward to reading "Book Lust" the version for adults.
excellent source for children's and teen book suggestions, by subject (and read-a-likes, too)! it was a pretty awesome feeling I had while I perused through the pages seeing title after title that I, too, would recommend or have enjoyed myself. but, i did discover a few new gems....perfect for every YS librarian
Again, I love this series because it gives me so many recommendations. This time the book is organized by age range which I think is necessary in this case. The only bad thing is that this book is a couple of years old at this point so some of the better recent books aren't included.
This has become invaluable as I've finally begun our libraries' first YA collections. It's great to have suggestions when building a collection from scratch. I just wish it was a bit more extensive . . . Like Book Lust, I would love to see a More Book Crush come out.
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