"No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally--and often far more--worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond." ~C.S. Lewis
We love books and want to share some of our favorite children's titles that have been enjoyed by the adults in our family as well. The first two are for the littles. One is a Dr. Seuss that most have not even heard of, and the other is about the fun a little girl has with a cardboard refrigerator box. Such good stuff!
We are also huge fans of audio books and own many, many Hank the Cowdog CDs. Every single one of them is hilarious for kids and adults. Honestly, much of the humor may be lost on the kids, but they will still love Hank, Grover, Rip, Snort, Sally Mae, and the rest of the characters on the farm. No child--especially from the south--should grow up without a good dose of Hank the Cowdog. We quote him regularly around our house. You can listen to a sample here.
The other three books below have been read aloud several times over the years, and every child has loved them all.
We first listened to Inkheart on audio, fabulously read by the author, and have since lost track of how many times Tessa has read it and Mara Daughter of the Nile. Both books went with her to college and secured their spots of honor on her bookshelf.
I just finished reading Brighty of the Grand Canyon to my granddaughter and two of her friends, and can tell you that it has now become one of my all-time favorites, too! I can't believe I did not read it sooner! Of course, Misty of Chincoteague by the same author is also a winner!
Every one of these books just makes us smile and not just because they are so wonderfully written. They bring back so many memories--of times and places and feelings. We agree with what Cornelia Funke wrote in Inkheart:
"If you take a book with you on a journey," Mo had said when he put the first one in her box, "an odd thing happens: The book begins collecting your memories. And forever after you have only to open that book to be back where you first read it. It will all come into your mind with the very first words: the sights you saw in that place, what it smelled like, the ice cream you ate while you were reading it . . . yes, books are like flypaper—memories cling to the printed page better than anything else."
In one of the chapters of my book, Little Cabin on the Trail, I write about how important it is to make the memory of reading aloud with children and grandchildren. You can get a copy here or by clicking on the graphic on the sidebar.