Top Ten Tuesday
Top 10 "Older" Books You Don't Want
People To Forget About
People To Forget About
(Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)
I'm not sure I like this list. Maybe because I wasn't an avid reader when I was a kid. I don't have a list of books that I devoured and adored as a child (other than Hop On Pop of course). And most of the books I fear falling into oblivion will not, because they are classics. But maybe not. Maybe they will remain relevant to me and those older than me, but not to younger generations. Has Hogwarts replaced Oz? Will kids really stop taking the leap after the White Rabbit, growing a secret garden with Mary, or escaping boredom through a tollbooth with Milo?
Oh. I hope not. I hope every child has the opportunity to visit the library and explore the wonders that fill its shelves. I hope that every child has a librarian that can feed them with new stories while slipping in the old that are just as filled with adventure and mystery. I hope every child has a teacher that can find the right balance between popular fiction and classics. I hope every child is encouraged to explore the stories their parents loved and maybe even read them together. I hope a lot of things I suppose. But that's my list. The "classics" I have fallen in love with over and over again. The books that, if given the chance, can take the reader to worlds created by dreamers, masters of the imagination.
I'm getting way too sentimental. I'll stop now...after my ten of course, in no particular order.
1) The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum - Because everyone should travel the yellow brick road
2) The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett - Because everyone should find magic in the beauty of nature
3) Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll - Because everyone should go a little mad sometimes
4) The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster - Because everyone should understand the perils of wasting time
5) Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt - Because everyone should wonder about a life forever
6) The Giver by Lois Lowry - Because everyone should be dared to remember
7) Watership Down by Richard Adams - Because everyone should find home
8) A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle - Because everyone should understand power of good and evil
9) The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis - Because everyone should now the wonder of Narnia
10) Hatchet by Gary Paulsen - Because everyone should wonder if they would have survived
And because I just can't keep this to ten...
11) The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier - Because everyone should understand the power of fear
12) The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton - Because everyone should travel the road of an Outsider