NPR books posted 100 Must Reads for Kids ages 9-14. While ML isn’t in that age range, she will be sooner than I want to think about.
The funny thing about this list is my coworker and I were talking about A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith last week. I told her, “I didn’t read it during childhood, and don’t plan to read it until ML is interested in reading it.” Between the realities of working full-time and parenting a 6-year-old, I have limited time to read. So I pick books that I really want to read. Among my favorites this year are Afterwards by Rosamund Lipton, Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple and Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan
I am waiting on these “must reads” until ML is interested in reading them. I am going to be that annoying mom who reads everything her child is reading. I know the closer she gets to 12, the more embarrassed she will be about this. She may even hide some of them like I hid Forever by Judy Blume years ago.
I’ve read thirty eight of these books. Some as a child, some as an adult. Here’s the ones I remember from childhood. The Secret Garden was my favorite.
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Ramona Series by Beverly Cleary
Ann of Green Gables Series by L.M. Montgomery
The Hobbit by J.R.R Tokein
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
The Little Prince by Antonie de Saint-Expury
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
AS a librarian, I was disappointed I had read less than half of them. Below is a link to the list. How many have you read?