There are some books that made such an impression on me growing up that I can’t wait to read them to my kids. Some of these books are because I remember my mom reading them to us, like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, and Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. Others are ones that we read in school like A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle, Mr. Poppers Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst. Others, like Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams I stumbled across on my own.
My love for series started young with The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin and then on to Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keen. And of course did any kid not read R.L Stine books? I even went onto explore Christopher Pike. Since getting into a series is like a personal relationship, I don’t want to have to commit my kids to a ton of them. I would like to share, or course, Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling and The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis with them though.
My kids are so young that most of these will have to wait a tad longer, but I am excited to share them. I also can’t wait to see what they get into on their own. Do you have a dream list of books to read with your kids? What’s on it?