“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
This may seem like a regular post, but it’s not. This is a community post, where I start the conversation and you jump in with your awesome two cents!
I LOVE talking books with you because you are the smartest, most thoughtful readers in the world. I’ve included my best books for tweens list but by the end of the day, I hope to have a list just as large of books you love for your tweens. I’ll add it below mine and link to you to give you credit!
The kids and I all headed down to the dock yesterday with one goal in mind—to sit by the water and read. It was too windy for boating and we were too lazy for swimming, but the weather was perfect reading. (I’m not sure if there’s bad weather for reading!) The best part? Discussing our books at random intervals throughout the afternoon. One of the best ways to spend your summer is inside the covers of great books. Since my girls are on the cusp of being teens, my time to influence their reading is quickly disappearing. But, for now, while they’re still here, this is one of the best ways I can teach them—by letting the great books teach them.
Here’s what I recommend with my whole heart—no matter what age your kids are, read aloud to them. The sitting, the snuggling, the words, the birds chirping in distant trees? It’s all magical and it doesn’t have end when they can read to themselves. Absolutely the best memories I have with my kids (other than nursing them) is reading aloud with them. If you haven’t been in the habit of this, it will seem awkward, both to you and your 13 year old. But read on through the awkwardness and the magic will start to happen, I promise. Here’s are some of my favorite books to read aloud to tweens…..
- The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis
- The Harry Potter series (I’ve written about the series before here, but these are some of my favorite books in the world)
- The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum
- Grimm’s Fairy Tales (you’re never too old for fairy tales
- Bulfinch’s Mythology
- Anne of Green Gables, L.M.M. Montgomery
- The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Jungle Books, Rudyard Kipling
- The Secret Garden, Frances Hodges
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
- Eight Cousins, Louisa May Alcott
- The Giver, by Lois Lowry
- Watership Down, by Richard Adams
- The Wise Woman, by George MacDonald
- The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham
- A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle
- To Kill a Mockingbird (reading aloud with my girls who are 12 and 13)
- Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen (Seems it would especially great to read with girls then watch the BBC series!)
Now, that’s my starting list, but feel free to leave your recommendations in the comments. My girls read lots of books (mostly popular fiction) besides these, but these are the ones that I have read or plan on reading aloud with them. These are timeless stories that adults love as much as kids. And with classics, everyone is getting an education in expert sentence structure and grammar. For the WIN!
Now, it’s your turn.
What great books would you add to the list for the tweens among us?
Edited to Add: Here’s the list I’ll be working on today, compiled by the stellar lifeingrace readers: (I have linked to those that have blogs!)
- Emily of New Moon, L.M. Montgomery via Jennifer
- The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak via Sara
- The Penderwicks, by Jeanne Birdsall via Susan and Andrea
- Christy, by Catherine Marshall
- The Hunter Brown series by the Miller Brothers
- Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte via hopeinbrazil
- Anne of Green Gables series, L.M. Montgomery via Erin
- Jane of Lantern Hill, L.M. Montgomery via Tammy
- Little Britches series, by Ralph Moody via Renee
- All Creatures Great and Small series, by James Herriot via Laura Ingalls Gunn
- Dandelion Wine, by Ray Bradbury via Erin in Co.
- Swiss Family Robinson, by Johann Wyss via Nicole
- Peace Like a River, Leif Enger via Liz (LOVED this book!)
- Milkweed, by Jerry Spinelli via R. Pyper
- The Cay, by Theodore Taylor via Makaela
- Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott via Garrett
- Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry via Emma