Great Children's Books That I Would Read Again Today
Books I Read Then and Still Love Now
Books are important for all children. They stimulate the imagination, calm the body, teach the brain and provide hours of enjoyment.
Evening story time can be very important for children and rewarding for parents--and so can reading aloud. These are a few of my favorite childhood books that I still think of fondly today. Many are classics, award winners and perennial favorites. However, other may be lesser known. Many of these books were introduced to me by Waldorf school teachers who read to their students extensively in early elementary school, and I hope you like them too. Remember that Waldorf schools don't really approve of TV, so school-age kids spend a lot of time reading books and searching through card catalogs!
These are just a few of my favorites because there are surely too many to name! This reading list for school-age kids includes my favorite books, authors and series.
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The Three Billy Goats Gruff - A Classic Read Alound Book for Beginners
Grimm Fairy Tales - The Ultimate Fairy Tale Compilation
Norwegian Fairy Tales - Stories Gathered from the Salty Seas of Sacadinavia
D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths - A Beautifully Illustrated Tale of Classic Greek Myths
Little House on the Prairie and Laura Ingalls Wilder - A Historcal Education
My classmates and I were introduced to the Little House on the Prairie in fourth grade when the beloved reading teacher Mrs. Turk shared it with us. (She also make the best, best, best ever browns for everyone after class plays). Anyway, this book is a true step back and a historical education into the cross of the frontier and life for the real Americans.
Ma talks about Injuns while holding a gun and Pa wears a bear skin coat. I guarantee you'll love each book in the series.
Start with The Little House in the Big Woods and then read The Little House on Plum Creek, which was built into a mountain and covered with sod! Next read the Little House on the Prairie next and finish up with Farmer Boy, a male version of early farm life based on childhood Laura Ingalls Wilder's husband Almanzo Wilder.
These books are an education for children and adults alike. This series is a true testament to a writer who didn't get an English major from a fancy college or study to become who she was.
Ideal for kids ages 6 and up.
Astrid Lindgrin's Pippi Longstocking - Stripes, Socks, Freckles and Funcky Pigtails. It can only be Pippi!
With her wonky pigtails and colorful striped socks, Pippi Longstocking is one of the most iconic, lovable and beloved characters in children's literature. Follow her marvelous adventures, which are infused with a lively childish vigor. Girls will love this book, and boys will love Pippi! Once I started reading these, I couldn't stop. There are plenty of books starring Pippi Longstocking, but be sure to start with the eponymous edition!
These books were created to entertain the author's own daughter. It doesn't get sweeter than that!
Here are a few of my favorite Pippi books:
"The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking"
"Pippi in the South Seas"
"Pippi Goes On Board"
Mrs. Piggle -Wiggle
I was in 5th grade when one of the beloved teachers who was semi-retired introduced the class to this wildly funny lady and her numerous calamities involding energetic children. It was right at the same time that we were reading Pippi.
You simply must start with "Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle" (1947). I also recommend "Mrs. Piggle Wiggle's Farm" although there are five other books in this series about the funny lady who lives in an upside-down house.
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Swallows and Amazons
This series penned by Arthur Ransome had me addicted! I remember going to the library when computerized card catalogs first came out. I searched his name so many times as a read my way through this Swallows and Amazons series. Ransome is an acclaimed children's book writer whose included on many lists of the greatest writers and many analyses the cover way these writers were so special.
Anyway, the Swallow and Amazons series is ideal for the early teen and pre-teen age group. It follows two groups of kids of sail boats on a lake that's presumably near their summer homes. It's also about the kids and their crazy piratical adventures. Kanchenjunga and their fairly ordinary surroundings become exotic ports like Horseshoe Cove.
The stories are imaginative and endearing. For awhile, I would zigzag across my grandparent's driveway on my bike pretending that I was tacking a sailboat across the lake. I also had a crush on John, the eldest of the Swallows. There are 12 books to enamor you and your children, but you must start with the first "Swallows and Amazons" (1930). It's hard to imagine that these books were written so long ago, because they aren't dated or stodgy at all.