The Independant online has published the “The Ten Best: Books to read aloud” compiled by children’s author Jacqueline Wilson. This is a list based on her personal childhood favourites and the books which she enjoyed reading most to her own daughter – which might explain why almost all ten books have female protagonists and related themes. Perhaps I should have titled this post: “a good, girly read.” as Wilson describes one of her selection. However, it’s a good list, but one which I think lacks a little in gender balance and might not suit every family.
For our family it’s a list I will print off and keep – Several of my all-time favourites have made the list including Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban and Five Children and It by Edith Nesbit. Where The Wild Things Are is an obvious choice and one we relish reading when AJ chooses it for story time (and looky! A boy!). I also want to make sure we get a copy of Nancy and Plum by B Macdonald which sounds exciting for 6 years plus – “It’s a story about two sisters who run away from an orphanage and for young girls, it has everything going for it. There are wonderful descriptions of clothes, dolls and girls’ friendships and an adventure.”
(via Read Alert)