Sunday, March 21, 2010

Beyond Harry Potter: Books Every Curious, Imaginative Child Should Own, Part One

Kids watch too much TV nowadays, and as a teacher of young college students, I can vouch for tht fact that their imaginations suffer for it. When I was a little girl, I read voraciously, and I think it really impacted my life. Here is a list of books that really impacted me when I was a child, and I think it is a good place to start if you are building up a library for a young person. These are all books that will challenge not only a child's imagination, but also her sense of self, her notiosn of morality, and, perhaps most importantly, her personal aesthetic. I will surely post more lists of children's books, but this is a start. I hope to review most of these in time. Children's Treasury of Mythology-illustrated by Margaret Vollund-Smith
  • A.A. Milne, When we were very Young
  • Barbara Cooney, Miss Rumphius
  • Anything by Beatrix Potter
  • Paul Goble, The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses
  • Dr. Seuss, On Beyond Zebra
  • Roald Dahl, The BFG
  • Susan Cooper, The Dark is Rising series
  • Blanche Fisher Wright, The Original Mother Goose
  • Betty MacDonald, Hilary Knight, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
  • Mitsumas Anno, Anno’s Counting Book
  • Geoffrey Chaucer, Geraldine McCaughrean, The Canterbury Tales
  • Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
  • Lloyd Alexander, The Chronicles of Prydain Series, and the Vesper Holly Series
  • Phillip Pullman, His Dark Materials
  • The Brothers Grimm, Fairy Tales
  • Anything by Jan Brett
  • Hans Christian Andrersen, Fairy Tales
  • Molly Bang, The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher
  • J. R. R. Tolkein, LOTR, The Hobbit
  • Maurice Sendak, In the Night Kitchen
  • Pat O’Shea, The Hounds of the Morrigan
  • Anything by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Pamela Dean, Tam Lin

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