Even though, collectively my kids are just two years old, I read to them as much as I can. Now, I may cheat and read to them books I’m reading for myself, at least they’re hearing and seeing me read. I’ve listed a few books below that I’m excited for our kids to read when they’re of age, and perhaps yours are there now, so you can enjoy these awesome titles with them.
101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith
Sarabeth and I read this a few years back and still consider it one of the best fictions we’ve come across. This book is a milestone of children’s literature. It is just as engaging for adults as it is for kids. Talking dogs handling real-life problems. It’s a great ride, even if you’ve seen the old movies. There are still plenty of surprises to keep you and your kids on the edge of your seat.
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
I’ve never had so much fun giving my brain a workout. This is a highly imaginative book for kids who might be turned off by the girl heroine in Alice in Wonderland. If memory serves correctly, it was the first full-length novel I ever read, and I liked it so much I returned to it as an adult, and had just as much fun.
Peter and the Starcatchers trilogy by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry
Ever wonder how Peter Pan became Peter Pan? Find out in this adventure book loaded with short chapters and lots of pictures. This would make a good movie. There are four in the series, but I’d say the first and second are the two worth reading. And no, the author is not related to J.M. Barrie.
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Talk about pure gold. While your boys are immersed in Neverland adventures, pull out this classic treasure for your girls. Even as an adult I find these books to be among some of the greatest literature. It’s yet another book about an orphan who is reluctantly taken in by the Cuthberts, and how she changes their lives and the world of Avonlea for the better.
Back in the days of yore (the 90’s), my parents paid for my subscription to the Disney Adventures magazine. For a good year or so, they published snippets of the first of the Bone story, and I was hooked. Yes, it’s a graphic novel, but it’s family-friendly …think Lord of the Rings meets Mickey Mouse. The books (there are 9 of them) have since reemerged and are now finding their way into the hands of kids of the ipod generation. Just good old-fashioned fairytale fun.
Gregor the Overlander series by Suzanne Collins
Before there was Katnis, there was Gregor. Giant insects, dark caverns, evil talking rats, traitors, suspense, heart… these books have it all. I will say that as an adult a couple of the middle books get a little dry, but it’s all worth it for the grand finale of the entire last book. This is a series you and your kids definitely don’t want to miss out on.
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