If you're a frequent visitor to this blog, you know that we have a "We Recommend" section, in which we use our super-power—the ability to find the exact right book for almost anyone, once we are given that person's likes, dislikes, etc—to recommend books for whomever writes in. (In fact, you could write in right now, give us your kid's preferences and age and whatnot, any special thing they might want to read about right now [loneliness, bicycles, horse racing] and test us out.)
Of course, if you're a frequent visitor to this blog you also know that it turns out that our powers aren't so completely super—more like hit or miss. HOWEVER, the powers of our commenters are pretty awesome, and these posts end up generating impressively long lists of books for the reader in question, which the parent (or whoever) can then take with them to the library and have a party.
I knew all this. Really. And yet, when I went ahead and posted about my own kids, I somehow didn't expect much to happen. Sure, we would post, and then people would comment, and then my kids would blow me off, because who wants to listen to their mother's helpful suggestions?
It turns out, though, that they're perfectly aware that these suggestions aren't from me. Which makes them usable! Which means that last week when Diana was at her grandparents house and they took her to the library, she went to the comments list, noted a few titles, and took them out of the library. AND LOVED THEM. In particular, Wee Free Men (which one commenter has been pushing earnestly for a year and a half) was great. When we arrived to pick her up, Diana announced "I've discovered a great new series!" And all I could think was, Holy crap, it worked!
So thank you thank you thank you to everyone who offers up suggestions. Because if it's true for us, I'm betting that it's true for other people, too.