In an age when a limited diet for hundreds of millions of Americans daily is prescribed through the medium of TV, there is more nourishment, more privacy, and—best yet—more freedom of selection to be had in children’s reading. Because it is personal and powerful, reading can help weather children into an individuality which will help them to weather that which is impersonal and powerful.
~Gregory Maguire, from Innocence and Experience: Essays and Conversations on Children’s Literature: Introduction
Are you reading with your kids?
What would you recommend to read to a child? (Or simply to enjoy on your own!)
I’ll start the list with two, one an old favorite and one a new:
- The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
- The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pierson