more friday fun: kiddie lit
(I'm trying to stay away from warblogging or newsblogging today. Trying.)
The books would appeal to a radical feminist graduate seminar. There is no book by Dr. Seuss, but there is Bee Boy Buzz for 2-5 year olds by bell hooks, who really does spell her name that way. No books on any American heroes, but there is a book on a kid with attention deficit disorder and a no doubt uplifting novel for young adults that "explores broken families, infidelity, and even murder". (Sounds perfect for Christmas, don't you think?) No books on George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, but there are books on a surly foster child, a Mexican Cinderella, and a wise boy in the Middle East. By this point you can probably guess what the one book on sports will be like. It is a story about a boy on a flag football team that needs another player, but the best athlete is a "girl who doesn't shave her legs". No religious books, but there is Crispin: The Cross of Lead, about a boy who has to struggle with the corrupt medieval church. I could give more examples, but I think that the pattern should be clear by now.
Jim then says:
You have to click the MORE link if you want to proceed. Which you do.
I am not an expert on children's literature, but I think I can do better than this, and I am sure we can. Tomorrow, I will start posting a list of book suggestions for kids. I'd be grateful for any suggestions that you might have, books that you enjoyed as a kid or that you know kids enjoy.
Children's literature has always been my favorite kind of reading. When I was younger, I read books faster than my mother could them into the house. As I got older, I never let my love for kiddie lit wane. In fact, I spent a few years working in the children's department of the local library (where my mother still works). When I had kids of my own, it gave me an excuse to rebuy all my favorite books over again. Plus, it didn't look so odd for me to be poring over Madeline.
I'll send my list to Jim Miller, but I'd like to post it here to get some discussion going on this subject.
Favorite books I read as a child that I have read over and over again into adulthood:
Children's books I read as an adult and enjoyed
- The Series of Unfortunate Event books by Lemony Snicket
- His Dark Materials Trilogy by Phillip Pullman
- Holes by Louis Sachar
- Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
- Coraline by Neil Gaiman (which I reviewed here)
Books I have enjoyed reading with or to my kids
This list is no way, shape or form complete. I'll probably add to it as the day goes on. Please feel free to add your own or comment on the books you read as a child (or still read when you want to feel like a child, or read to your own children......)
Link to Jim via the lovely and gracious Meryl