Book Crush is librarian Nancy Pearl's third book of "recommended reading for every mood, moment, and interest." In Book Lust and More Book Lust, she compiled booklists for adults, while Book Crush offers suggestions to kids and teens (and presumably adults who enjoy reading children and young adult literature). Split up into three parts, youngest readers, middle-grade readers, and teen readers, the book is further broken into subjects such as 'Ahh, Those Adorable Anthromorphic Animals' for the youngest, 'Before and After Harry (Potter, of Course)' for middle-graders, and 'May I Have This Dance? Old-Fashioned Love Hip Enough for the Jaded-at-Twelve Crowd' for teens.
I adore Nancy Pearl. Her writing style is charming and surprisingly readable considering it's basically a book of lists. For most of her suggestions, she also offers summaries or some insight as to why that particular book was included. Book Crush would be a great gift for new parents and for middle-grade and teen readers. My 10 year old son has taken over my copy, and it's filled with hightlights and dog-eared pages - a sure sign of high praise.