The minute I found out I was expecting our first child, I looked forward to sharing favorite books with my future child(ren). Now that I have an independent reader and two more willing listenings, I’m doing everything I can to instill a love of reading in their little hearts. There are some books that I just know one or all of my children will love…but not yet. I hope they will enjoy the books as much as I did, so I am carefully stockpiling these books for just the right time, age, or summer afternoon. A few months ago, I wrote about 4 fantasy series I’m hoping my children will adore. Here are 4 more books I’m (im)patiently saving until I’m sure they’ll be loved as much as they deserve:
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry was the first book I ever read about the Holocaust and second world war. Before I fell in love with The Hiding Place and The Book Thief, I was captivated by the story of Annamarie Johansen and her Jewish friend Ellen during the Nazi occupation of Denmark. It will be two years before we cover the World Wars in school, but I don’t know if I can wait that long for him to read the book.
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli combines so many things I love: books, running, and descriptions of skin color that go beyond white, black, and brown. I didn’t realize until making this list that Maniac Magee won the Newberry medal the year after Number the Stars. My elementary school teachers were certainly on the ball with these two.
The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss is the first book I remember begging my mom to keep reading “just one more chapter” each night. I have always dreamed of building a multi-level treehouse complete with rope bridges, and this book is the primary reason why.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle sparked my love for fantasy and science fiction. It may have been inevitable considering my older brothers were all fantasy fans, but Meg’s quest resonated with me in a way that The Hobbit or other fantasy classics didn’t until I was much older. I was ten years old when I first read A Wrinkle in Time. My oldest just turned eight. If I can’t wait two more years, I may just read it to him myself at bedtime.
I haven’t strayed too far from well-loved modern classics, seeing as 3 of the 4 books on this list are Newberry winners. I’m always looking for new ideas for myself and my mini readers, though, so I would love to hear what you are stockpiling for your current or future readers. What’s too good to miss?