Chances are if you spend any time with anyone ages 6 to 11 (or are a grown up who likes cartoons), you have heard of The Loud House, a new Nickelodeon cartoon about Lincoln, an 11-year-old comic book fan who is the middle child with five older and five younger sisters.
It is hilarious and adorable, and I’m not just saying that because my sister-in-law is a writer on the show and may have based an episode or two off stories about my brother and sister growing up. It has displaced Spongebob Squarepants as the #1 rated children’s show within that age group.
With such a big group of kids with different personalities, I couldn’t help but wonder what books I would suggest if this fictional family walked into my library, so I made a list.
Lincoln, the main character, is eleven-years-old and a devoted comic book fan.
I’d share some classics with him, like Bone by Jeff Smith, The Adventures of TinTin by Hergé, as well as newer books, like the Eisner-award winning The Lost Boy by Greg Ruth, which is delightfully creepy, and Battling Boy by Paul Pope, which is full of action. And I couldn’t help but slip him a copy of The Babysitter Club graphic novels adapted by Raina Telegemeier (because boys can like books about girls, too).
Lori, at seventeen, is the oldest of eleven siblings. She’s a bit of a bossy, cynical teenager. Even though she can be condescending and abrasive towards her younger sisters and brother, like all the Loud children, she genuinely cares for her family.
Still, she spends a lot of time with her boyfriend, Bobby, and in her reading tastes, I imagine she’d love to escape into young adult romance, so I’d share some popular titles and personal favorites with her: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith, My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick, I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios.
Leni, the next youngest Loud sister, is in love with fashion and an aspiring designer.
I’d suggest she check out So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld, Geek Girl by Holly Smale, and Material Girls by Elaine Dimopoulos for some fashion-industry inspired YA fiction. For some inspiration, I’d show her Fashionable Selby.
Luna, at fifteen, is the musically inclined Loud sibling. She plays electric guitar, but she can also jam out on the classical guitar and lyre as well as pound the drums.
For her, I’d suggest some YA fiction that explores music, like The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley which is set during the 90s and features a grunge rock loving protagonist, as well as All Our Pretty Songs, because free-spirited Luna might appreciate the magical realism and lyrical writing. I also might encourage her to explore different types of music, and hand her some classic blues and jazz to go with autobiographies like Billie Holiday’s Lady Sings to Blues. She could also explore the origins of rock in Chuck Berry: Autobiography.
Luan, fourteen, is the jokester of the family, and loves comedy and practical jokes.
I’d suggest she check out some funny YA, like Denton’s Little Death Date by Lance Rubin and Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride as well as my favorite practical jokester in YA, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks by E. Lockhart.
Lynn, the next youngest loud sibling, is athletic and plays a variety of sports, so I’d suggest some sporty YA.
Eight-year-old Lucy is a goth girl, so I might hand her The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and other stories by Tim Burton (delightfully morbid, but appropriate for an eight-year-old) and Shaun Tan’s The Singing Bones, a new collection of creepy fairy tales with amazingly weird art to accompany the stories.
Lana, six, is a fun-loving tomboy who like to play and get dirty, but I still think she’d enjoy sitting down to read the right book.
I’d have her try and read some classics, like Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren, with one of her older siblings, and try Ling and Ting: Not Exactly the Same! By Grace Lin with her twin sister, Lola. The Dory Fantasmagory series might also be more her style than Ivy and Bean or Junie B. Jones.
Lola, six, is Lana’s opposite: quick to anger and a child beauty pageant star. She might like some of the same books as her twin, but I’d also suggest she check out some fashionista early readers and pictures books, like Sofia Martinez: Picture Perfect by Jacqueline Jules, Kylie Jean, Fashion Queen by Marci Peschke, and Fancy Nancy Spring Fashion Fling by Jane O’Connor.
Lisa, the second youngest Loud sibling, at four, is a scientific genius. And despite her advanced abilities, she’d still love picture books like Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty, What Do You Do with an Idea? By Kobi Yamada, and 11 Experiments that Failed by Jenny Offill.
Lily, the baby of the Loud family, is not quite two. I’d give her favorite board books, like Eric Carle’s, but of course she’d definitely need The Boss Baby by Marla Frazee.
I love imagining the reading taste of fictional characters, and with so many different personality types, the Loud family was a lot of fun to offer theoretical readers’ advisory!