Kids Need to Read Calendar Project

Calendar Project

Beautiful photo! I supported the Kids Need To Read Foundation at the Barnes&Noble Book fair that was in my area yesterday. Then I discovered this wonderful project online.

"The Kids Need to Read Foundation" has big plans for 2010. Fortunately, one of our first projects for next year will help you keep track of all the others. Kids Need to Read is organizing a 2010 calendar project as a fundraiser.

To that end, Kids Need to Read contacted a professional photographer, Allen Patrou of Apatrou Photography (Phoenix, Arizona). He is working with us on a volunteer basis to produce one-of-a-kind pictures that feature children reading in natural settings. This may sound like a simple snapshot calendar, but it is far from it. The images that are being created for this wall calendar are truly unique pieces of art featuring the natural beauty of Arizona, real life kids, and books about Kids Need to Read book list... If you’d like to get involved in this project, you can become a sponsor of our calendar by making a donation to Kids Need to Read. Any individual, business or group who donates $300 to KNTR will be featured on a special sponsor page inside the calendar (including logo, if available). To become a KNTR 2010 calendar sponsor, or to inquire about selling the calendars for Kids Need to Read, please write to Ask us how you can use the calendar as a fundraiser to help your school library!

Kids Need to Read is excited about this project and hopes that you will join us in supporting reading and photographic art with a sponsorship or by purchasing one of these calendars. We plan to sell the calendar nationally in the KNTR eBay store, at independent bookstores, and at several conventions."

* Here's the Official Kid's Need To Read List

Children (preschool)

Ferri, Francesca – Peek-A-Boo
Foley, Greg – Thank You Bear
Foley, Greg – Don’t Worry Bear
Katz, Karen – Where is Baby’s Belly Button?
McGhee, Allison – Someday
McGhee, Allison – Little Boy
Portis, Antoinette – Not A Box
Portis, Antoinette – Not A Stick
Seeger, Laura Vaccaro – First the Egg

Children (Ages 5-7)

Bernheimer, Kate & Ceccoli, Nicoletta – The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum
Dewdney, Anna – Llama Llama Red Pajama
French, Jackie – Diary of a Wombat
Harris, Robie H. – Maybe A Bear Ate It!
Jeffers, Oliver – Lost and Found
Kirk, Daniel – Library Mouse
Levine, Ellen – Henry’s Freedom Box
Morris, Jackie – The Snow Leopard
Muth, Jon – Zen series (2 books)
—– Zen Shorts
—– Zen Ties
Willems, Mo – Elephant and Piggie series (7 books)
—– My Friend is Sad
—– Today I will Fly!
—– I Am Invited to a Party!
—– There Is a Bird on Your Head!
—– I Love My New Toy!
—– I Will Surprise My Friend!
—– Are You Ready to Play Outside?

Middle Readers (Ages 8-12)

Beddor, Frank – The Looking Glass Wars series (2 books) (Ages 10+)
—– The Looking Glass Wars
—– Seeing Redd
Benton, Jim – Dear Dumb Diary series (7 books)
—– Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
—– My Pants are Haunted
—– Am I the Princess or the Frog?
—– Never do Anything, Ever
—– Can Adults Become Human?
—– The Problem with Here is that it’s Where I’m From
—– Never Underestimate Your Dumbness
Benz, Derek & Lewis, J.S. – Grey Griffins series (3 books) (Ages 10+)*
—– The Revenge of the Shadow King
—– The Rise of the Black Wolf
—– The Fall of the Templar
Curtis, Christopher Paul – Elijah of Buxton
Forester, Victoria – The Girl Who Could Fly
Frazier, Sundee T. – Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything in It*
Haarsma, PJ – The Softwire series (2 books)*
—– The Softwire: Virus on Orbis 1
—– The Softwire: Betrayal on Orbis 2
Landy, Derek – Skulduggery Pleasant series (2 books)*
—– Skulduggery Pleasant
—– Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing with Fire
Lorey, Dean – Nightmare Academy series (2 books)*
—– Nightmare Academy: Monster Hunters
—– Nightmare Academy: Monster Madness
Resau, Laura – Red Glass (Ages 11+)
Ryan, Pam Munoz – Esperanza Rising
Sanderson, Brandon – Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians*
Selznick, Brian – The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Stewart, Trenton Lee – The Mysterious Benedict Society series (2 books) (Ages 10+)
—– The Mysterious Benedict Society
—– The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey
Various authors – Actionopolis illustrated novel series (7 books)*
—– Beechen, Adam & Hipp, Dan – What I did on my Hypergalactic Interstellar Summer Vacation
—– Hart, J.J. & Meugniot, Will – Zombie Monkey Monster Jamboree
—– Long, Christopher E., & Geiger, Michael – Blackfoot Braves Society: Spirit Totems
—– Mishkin, Dan & Mandrake, Tom – The Forest King: Woodlark’s Shadow
—– Reed, Gary & Hoberg, Rick – Spirit of the Samurai: Of Swords and Rings
—– Worley, Rob M. & Dubisch, Mike – Heir to Fire: Gila Flats
—– Zick, Bruce – The Anubis Tapestry: Between Twilights

Teens (Ages 13+)

Brande, Robin – Evolution, Me and Other Freaks of Nature
Castellucci, Cecil – The Plain Janes (graphic novel)
Clement-Davies, David – Fire Bringer
Davis, Tanita – A la Carte
Ferraro, Tina – Top Ten Uses For an Unworn Prom Dress – by Tina Ferraro
Friesner, Esther – Nobody’s Princess
Friesner, Esther – Nobody’s Prize
Galante, Cecilia – The Patron Saint of Butterflies
Hale, Shannon – Book of a Thousand Days
Kluger, Steve – My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins & Fenway Park
McKinley, Robin – Dragonhaven
Myers, Walter Dean – Harlem Summer
Owen, James – The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica series (3 books)
—– Here, There be Dragons
—– The Search for the Red Dragon
—– The Indigo King
Shulman, Polly – Enthusiasm

Teens (Ages 17+)

Alexie, Sherman – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
McMann, Lisa – Wake
Satrapi, Marjane – Persepolis series (2 books)
—– Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
—– Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return
Tan, Amy – The Joy Luck Club
Wizner, Jake – Spanking Shakespeare
*Great for Reluctant Readers

You can download the list and print in pdf format,

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* Kids Need to Read works to encourage a lifelong love of reading in all children.

Visit their site online for inspiring imagination and freedom to learn to read!

From Founder PJ Haarsma:

..."I support Kids Need To Read because it fosters a desire to learn, the process of self-improvement, and the chance for children’s minds to grow. What will you do?"

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