March Reading Madness


It’s March Reading Madness Month at NewsTalk1230 WFVA, and we’re Buzzin’ about Books!!

We’ve teamed up with Rappahannock Goodwill where every Fridaythey will give away a book to each child that comes into any of their stores in the area.  It’s completely free – no purchase necessary – no strings.  The child picks out any book and it’s free!

Here is a list of books recommended by the NewsTalk1230 WFVA staff and families for kids/pre-teens/adults:

Doug & Autumn Robinson (Sales)

  • Watership Down by Richard Adams
  • The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare [City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls]
  • The Infernal Devices trilofy by Cassandra Clare [Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Princess]
  • The I Am Number Four series by Pittacus Lore [I Am Number Four, The Power of Six, The Rise of Nine, The Fall of Five]
  • Warm Bodies by Issac Marion
  • The Truth About Forever, What Happened to Goodbye, Along for the Ride, Just Listen and The Moon and More all by Sarah Dessen
  • The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer [Cinder, Scarlet, Cress]
  • The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
  • The Hunger Games series by Suzanna Collins [The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay]
  • The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • The Host by Stephanie Meyer
  • She’s So Dead to Us trilogy by Kieran Scott [She’s So Dead to Us, He’s So Not Worth It, This is So Not Happening]
  • The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
  • Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Ruby Red Trilogy, also called The Precious Stone trilogy by Kerstin Gier [Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue, Emerald Green]

Chuck Archer & Family (Operation Manager)

  • “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio (great book for pre-teens)
  • Any of the Cam Jansen books by David A. Adler and Susana Natti (for elementary/pre-teens)
  • “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak
  • “Room” by Emma Donoghue
  • “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn
  • “Game of Thrones: A Song of Fire and Ice” by George R.R. Martin
  • “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline
  • Diary Of A Wimpy Kid Series of books by Jeff Kinney
  • “The Art Of Fielding” by Chad Harbach

Kathleen Owens (Sales)

  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sandak

Bill Carroll (Production Director)

  • Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne


  • A child is never too old to be read aloud to.
  • Encourage children to take turns reading aloud to you or to each other. Don’t worry about correcting every mistake, just sit back and enjoy the story.
  • Add some fun to chore time! One person could read aloud, while the other does the dishes.
  • Create a special time and place in your home for reading aloud.
  • Talk about the books you read together. Ask your child how the book made them feel or what their favorite part was.
  • A librarian is always ready to recommend books! Never hesitate to ask for suggestions.
  • It’s all right to read the same book over and over, children love to hear books repeated, and beginning readers can soon confidently “read” the book by themselves.
  • Read yourself. Whether it’s a cookbook or the online news, you can show your child by example how important reading is!
  • If your child asks how the sun sets or gets a new pet, there’s no better way to find the information than in a book!
  • Have fun! If your child gets restless it may be time to stop for the evening.
    Don’t’ hesitate to stop reading a book you and your child aren’t enjoying. There are many books to choose from so why not put it down and find something you like better!
  • If your child wants to draw or do some other quiet activity while you read, let them. Children have different ways of listening.

Click here for a list Teachers’ Top 100 Book for Children
Click here for a list of Kids’ Top 100 Books
Click here for the New York Times Best Sellers List