I maybe did a happy dance in my chair when I found a link to Wired’s 67 Books Every Geek Should Read to Their Kids Before Age 10… hello, BOOK NERD DREAM! I thought it’d be fun to talk about a few books that made their list (talking about all 67 would be a little lengthy, y’all) and dish about which books we each plan to share with our kids before the ‘tween years kick in.
Where the Sidewalk Ends
Of course of course of course Where the Sidewalk Ends is on the list — and on mine. Whenever I think of this book I flash back to second grade when my teacher (shout out to Mrs. Carr!) read it to us. As far as I know, this was my first introduction to Shel Silverstein, and it was a magical one indeed. Siiiigh.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Confession: like the good Harry Potter geeks we are, we’ve already read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to our three-year-old… twice. The first time was right after he was born, and the second time was a few months ago. I have no clue if he even noticed it was going on the first time around, but he very raptly paid attention to everything that was happening in the second reading. We’re slowly making our way through Chamber of Secrets, which doesn’t seem to hold his attention the same way.
I was so excited to see The Borrowers on the list! I hadn’t thought of this book in YEARS until it was mentioned, and it was great to revisit. If you’ve never read it, it’s about a family of inches-tall people who live under a normal-sized house and the mischief they get up to.
James and the Giant Peach
This is another grade school fave that made me cheer: I was obsessed with James and the Giant Peach in fourth grade. In what other book are a little boy, a ladybug, grasshopper, silkworm, glowworm, and centipede such excellent friends? The group sails across the Atlantic atop a gigantic peach to New York City, encountering many foes (including peach-eating sharks) along the way.
Which books from the list do you love — and what other books did they totally leave out?