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:

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

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