With a focus on the classics, Blume (author of Tennyson) has created quite the list of must-read children’s books plus a great interview on NPR. The list has a few of my personal favorites and others that I agree with, and some that make my head tilt in a questioning way. Meaning that it is a good list!
Here are my favorites on the list, all of them straight from my own childhood reading:
The Devil’s Storybook by Natalie Babbitt
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
AND MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE:
Watership Down by Richard Adams
My mother read this aloud to my brothers and me at breakfast. Twice. Maybe more. Bigwig… Sigh. I remember us all listening with rapt attention and tears streaming down our faces. It was truly transporting. And what a joy to see it on this list.