Wednesday, February 17, 2016

reading lists

Okay. I'm trying to put together a reading list for my two youngest who will be in first and second grade this fall. Neither can read on their own so there will be a lot of me reading to them. That will be our "literature" or what-have-you. Okay, it's not the only thing we'll be doing.. oh. Whatever. I have plans, but I need ideas for read aloud books. Sheesh. Why do I over complicate these things?

Here's what I have so far. I want chapters. Something that will last more than one sitting. It can't be gross (they wouldn't sit through the Roald Dahl book with the grandmother who talks about eating bugs). It can't be scary (the Beast didn't like the witches in the Prydain series and wouldn't let us get through The Black Cauldron). Yeah.

(I have no idea how age appropriate some of these are - I haven't read them all myself)

James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl (though I'm not sure about this one. because gross)
Pippi Longstocking - Astrid Lindgren
Bunnicula - James Howe
The Chocolate Touch - Patrick Catling
The Bee-man of Orn - Frank Stockton
The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Jackalope - Janet Stevens and Susan Crumel
The Sleeper and the Spindle - Neil Gaiman
Catwings - Ursula le Guin
The Tale of Despereaux - Kate DiCamillo
The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis
Peter Pan - J.M. Barrie
Redwall - Brian Jacques
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles - Julie Edwards

Ideas? Additions? I wanted to add The Borrowers. I need to look that up to find the author...

Edited to add:

The Borrowers - Mary Norton
The Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum
The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
Tintin - Herge
The Mouse and the Motorcycle - Beverly Cleary

1 comment:

  1. I think that is a grand reading list that meets your parameters. I was a kid who could not read scary or frightening growing up.