Please go to The Broke and the Bookish for more details about their weekly meme. This week they’ve challenged us to list the books we’d like our children to read. I can’t pin down specific titles for my entire list so you’ll see a mix of titles and authors from whose writings I’m sure my children will learn and be inspired both now and when they are older.
5 Books to read in childhood/adolescence
- I Love You Forever by Robert Munsch – captures a mother’s love so beautifully
- Rowling’s iconic Harry Potter books – ’nuff said
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett – a mansion full of secrets in Yorkshire? Sign me up!
- Judy Blume of course!
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis – fantasy, adventure and fun
5 Books to read in adulthood
- Anything by Gabriel Garcia Marquez for some Colombian heritage reading
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – because Offred’s insights and observations eerily resound
- Eckhart Tolle – at some point each of my children will need some tools to manage the hardships of life which I was unable to impart (or, gulp, deal with issues I may have unknowingly created…sweat beads…)
- The Awakening by Kate Chopin – ooooh, this book. Especially my daughter. When (if) she’s a mother.
- The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison – a beautiful, provoking read about identity, forging it, finding it in a harsh world
Which books would your list include?
For the past 5 years my husband and I have been adamant about instilling a love for books, an appreciation for literature, a mind that thinks beyond the screen in our son. And, so, my son’s books could very well stock a day care, preschool and library. No regrets on the money spent on books or the fines on overdue books. We are left with rich memories of bedtime stories, rainy day tales and early morning reading when it was way too early to be up and about.
Age 0-2 years:
These were some of our favourites. I exaggerate not when I say I read Good Night, Sleep Tight every night for 2 years. Every. Single. Night. We even took it on holiday. At 3 he was able to recite most of these by rote. I recited them in my sleep. By seven months he knew what “turn the page” meant and loved flipping to the next part of the story.
Age 2-3 years:
We graduated to more sophisticated, longer reads. He loved reading about his favourite television or movie characters. The best part was giving life to the characters with different voices and intonations. Oh, and we read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas well into July.
Age 4 – present:
This phase of his reading began with Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone (Read about that here). It was love at first word. He was hooked and now LOVES chapter books. We read them to him, and now that he’s learning how to read he helps with the reading too. It is incredible to see his brown eyes light up with delight, joy, laughter, curiosity, intrigue…as we read each book and listen to the plot unfold.
My son’s journey through literature has been exciting, fun and adventurous. There is nothing we love more than cuddling up to a great read. I can’t wait to see where his journey takes him next.