It's Boys' Week at Semicolon, and Sherry is suggesting good books for boys big and little. As always, her recommendations are right on the mark. I was tickled to see Drummer Hoff among the titles; that book was Scott's favorite when he was a little boy, and our girls were delighted when he scored a copy at a used book sale a couple of years ago.
Sherry's list for nine-year-old boys is full of our old pals, like Hank the Cow Dog, Encyclopedia Brown, and Tintin. I would add* By the Great Horn Spoon and The Great Turkey Walk to the list. I haven't tested these on any nine-year-old boys yet, but my pack of girls adored them, and their combination of breathless action and offbeat humor is bound to satisfy any boy.
Meanwhile, over at Jen Robinson's Book Page, it's girls who are in the spotlight. Jen and her readers have assembled a list of the Coolest Girls in Children's Literature. I have to say it was quite a thrill to see my own Martha Morse on the list. #112 on the list is Jane Stuart of Jane of Lantern Hill, a book by the author of Anne of Green Gables. Jane is the character who inspired my own "Jane" to choose that particular name for her blog alias when I started Bonny Glen 18 months ago. I myself re-read Jane of Lantern Hill at least once a year. The lion scene especially slays me.
Probably, though, I would pick Anne above Jane for Coolest Girl. And I have to think about who would get my vote for Coolest Girl of All...Anne or Jo? And then there's Vicky Austin, Claudia Kincaid, and Martha Sowerby....
*UPDATED to add: Doh! Semicolon's list, of course, was about series for boys. She posted a follow-up about individual titles—another excellent list.