I know, I know. We’ve been through a lot of different changes on this site, but that is what happens when you read a blog written by someone with ADHD. It’s time to get serious now, and experts says that blogs ought to have a focus. This is also the time for you to chuckle that deep belly laugh you’ve got hiding down there.
But we are going to give it a try anyway. Yes, I’ve tried to focus before with the “raising creative children” theme, but we all know how that went. I need something more simple and more tangible. So I asked myself, What is it that matters most to me? If I could give my children one thing what would it be? That’s easy. The gift of reading.
And since it’s my dream to publish a children’s book someday, I thought it would be just lovely to read all the books from the greats and see why my children love them. So that’s what the goal is: to read 101 classics with my children. This may take a little while but we’ll cheat with picture books when necessary.
We’ll talk about practical things like, “Is is hard to gather the children? Do they listen with rapt attention or wander off? How do we find time to read?”
We’ll ask philosophical questions like, “Why is friendship so strongly valued in children’s literature but rarely valued in adult literature?” and “Why do children’s authors kill off the mother so often?”
I really hope you might read some of the books with us. Here’s the line up.
1. Charlotte’s Web
We’re already Charlotte’s Web because the book is so lovely to read, the illustrations are gorgeous, and I used to raise pigs myself.
This is a beautiful book about a girl and boy who love birds and find a fallen angel hiding in their backyard. We are aspiring birdwatchers ourselves, and this book might just launch us.
I’ve never read this book, but it’s about a horse, and Deborah has been asking for a pony for the last few years now. Hopefully the book will suffice.
6. The Secret Garden
This will be a fun book to read next spring when we plant our own gardens, and who does not love the feisty Mary?
These books will work well for Deborah (4) and Ricky (6), but I’m not sure all get the older boys on board. We can just cross our fingers. Older boys like to choose their own books (or no books at all), but I’m hoping we might be able to read a few of these together.
1. Ender’s Game
This book is the ultimate boys’ book: what more could a boy asks for than spaceships and video games?
2. Treasure Island.
Who doesn’t love pirates?
The captain read Tom Sawyer to them a year ago, and the boys just ate it up. Perhaps the captain will want to read Huck to them as well, but I’d like one of us to read it to them.
So THAT ought to keep us busy for a few years.
Note: Both beckyblackburn.com and 101childrensclassics.com will get you to this site. Hope to see you tomorrow.
What books do you want to read to your children?