If you’ve been reading here for awhile, you know that I love books. My husband loves books. My kids love books. We are nothing without our books – on shelves, in the car, in our travel bags, everywhere.
I love reading books to my kids, and while the short books and early reader books we’re now are fun, there are several chapter-length books I am itching to read my girls. These are books I grew up loving and have such rich memories of reading as a child. Most of these I read on my own, with exceptions noted below.
These books top my list, but I would love to hear what books you are eager to read with your children, too. I’m always on the lookout for new titles!
The Harry Potter series. I love, love, love this series. Its remarkable success (more than 500 million copies sold, the best selling series in history) is a testament to its awesomeness – perennially so. I hope my girls love it, too; seeing as Toddler has requested to listen to a Harry Potter soundtrack twice in the last week, I think we’ll be at least 1 for 2. My husband gave me this illustrated copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for my birthday last year, and it is delightfully charming.
Pride and Prejudice. That first line … need I say anything else? Classics are classics for a reason, and this, in my mind, is the cream of the crop. I own a drippingly beautifully illustrated 1945 edition. If my children don’t cry tears of joy when we read this together, I swear I will disown them.
Nancy Drew series. I have fond memories of reading this series with my mom when I was in elementary school. Every night we’d settle into a settee in our sunroom and delve into one of the 100-ish titles; I can’t remember if it was just my mom who read or if it was both of us, but I do remember they were great reads!
The Baby-Sitters Club series. Raise your hand if you read this series. Five times? Me too! I wanted to be a babysitter and run my own club thanks to this series that taught me so much about friends and life and middle school drama. Solid gold, am I right? My copies are literally sitting and waiting on Toddler’s bookshelves.
The BFG. That’s the Big Friendly Giant, for those who aren’t familiar. This is the best Dahl book, in my opinion, not Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This book is a fun, fantastical journey, isn’t it? I haven’t read it in years, which will make reading to my girls all the sweeter.
So what’s on your list??