My daughter and I recently read the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio together. She started reading the book first (it was all the rage in her classroom), then I read it because other adults were recommending it to me. We finished it around the same time, discussing it the whole way. It was our first “parent-child book club” experience, and we kept it going by watching the movie in the theater together (that was also excellent).
I can’t tell you how excited I am about finally being able to read books with my daughter that we are both interested in. Not that I don’t find the Magic Treehouse or the Cupcake Diaries interesting, on some level. But the idea of really being able to share and discuss a meaningful book with her is truly exhilarating. I can’t wait to do it again.
I asked my friend and children’s librarian at Eastchester Library Teresa Chang (who suggested some great road-trip audio books last summer) for her parent-child book club recommendations. She suggested Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea and Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick. I would add to that two of my own personal favorites from childhood, Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli, the Johanna Spyri classic, Heidi, and just about anything by Judy Blume.
Plus, this is a good chance for me to check out some tween books that I’ve been curious about, but haven’t gotten around to reading because, well, there are so many adult books that I still need to read! Some that come to mind include Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin (author of The Baby-Sitter’s Club series) and Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin.
What are some books from your own childhood that you can’t wait to read with your kids?