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Old 07-15-2010, 10:32 PM   #1
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Overdrive's most downloaded ebooks (juvenile category)

Overdrive lists their most downloaded books each month.

http://search.overdrive.com/Most-Dow...s-Library.aspx

I thought the juvenile non-fiction list was very interesting.

1. Three Cups of Tea
2. Omnivore's Dilemma
3. 1001 Facts about Dinosaurs
4. The U.S. History Cookbook
etc.

The first two surprise me as being quite meaningful and a serious read.

Do you think we underestimate our children and the next generation will surprise us? Is there hope for us?

[The dinosaur book would have been my favorite ]
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Old 07-16-2010, 12:46 AM   #2
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Overdrive lists their most downloaded books each month.

http://search.overdrive.com/Most-Dow...s-Library.aspx

I thought the juvenile non-fiction list was very interesting.

1. Three Cups of Tea
2. Omnivore's Dilemma
3. 1001 Facts about Dinosaurs
4. The U.S. History Cookbook
etc.

The first two surprise me as being quite meaningful and a serious read.

Do you think we underestimate our children and the next generation will surprise us? Is there hope for us?

[The dinosaur book would have been my favorite ]
I stopped being surprised some months ago. My 11 yr old niece and 9 yr old nephew and their parents paid me a visit one time. When I told them I was putting all my books up for sale on amazon, they asked if they could go through my library and pick out books for themselves. I told them to go ahead. When they left, they carried off with them a couple dozen of my books.
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Old 07-16-2010, 01:42 AM   #3
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Overdrive lists their most downloaded books each month.

http://search.overdrive.com/Most-Dow...s-Library.aspx

I thought the juvenile non-fiction list was very interesting.

1. Three Cups of Tea
2. Omnivore's Dilemma
3. 1001 Facts about Dinosaurs
4. The U.S. History Cookbook
etc.

The first two surprise me as being quite meaningful and a serious read.

Do you think we underestimate our children and the next generation will surprise us? Is there hope for us?

[The dinosaur book would have been my favorite ]
The problem with this is interpretation. These aren't necessarily books being checked out by juveniles, but books classified by Overdrive as juvenile books. It could easily be mainly adults checking these out. I know I check out a lot of books classified as juvies.

At the Philadelphia Library, Omnivore's Dilemma is classified as Health & Fitness, Nonfiction, Sociology which seems about right. It really isn't a juvie book.

Kids don't read today. The ones that do read, read a lot, but most don't. I work with kids and ask them daily about what their favorite things to do are. Very few mention reading. That would have been my #1 answer when I was a kid.

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Overdrive lists their most downloaded books each month.

http://search.overdrive.com/Most-Dow...s-Library.aspx

I thought the juvenile non-fiction list was very interesting.

1. Three Cups of Tea
2. Omnivore's Dilemma
3. 1001 Facts about Dinosaurs
4. The U.S. History Cookbook
etc.

The first two surprise me as being quite meaningful and a serious read.

Do you think we underestimate our children and the next generation will surprise us? Is there hope for us?

[The dinosaur book would have been my favorite ]
"Three Cups of Tea" is on some high school reading lists. Dunno about "Omnivore's Dilemma," but it wouldn't surprise me.

There are some great books on high school reading lists nowadays, much updated from when most of us on MR were in high school. Some of the classics still are on the lists, but the selections are much more diverse now, including authors who are still alive, lol.

If you want to check out such lists, B&N stores sometimes have tables of books so marked in the kids' / young readers' section.
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