Seasons of Books

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” — Albert Einstein

Last Christmas, the one where we were not living in a Kafka-esque nightmare, I started to read aloud chapter books to Nomi and Zoey. They had complained that their picture books at bedtime were not long enough. Fantastic I thought, let’s start digging into longer books, and it’s been a brilliant year of reading aloud.

Not only do we have books to chat about but I’ve seen the language and stories from the pages transfer to the girls imaginative play.


We’ve read:

  • The BFG by Roald Dahl
  • Danny Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
  • The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl*
  • James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl*
  • The Mouse on the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
  • Runaway Ralph by Beverly Cleary
  • Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary
  • Comet in Moominland by Tove Jansson
  • Finn Family Moomintroll by Tove Jansson
  • Tales from Moominvalley by Tove Jansson
  • Moominvalley in November by Tove Jansson
  • Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgred*
  • The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
  • The Waterhorse by Dick King Smith
  • The Queen’s Nose by Dick King Smith*
  • Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
  • The Talented Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
  • Clementine’s Letter by Sara Pennypacker
  • A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
  • Letters From Paddington by Michael Bond
  • The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton*
  • Up the Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton*
  • The Folk of the Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton*
  • The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton*

Anything with an * means we’ve read it at least three times, and will probably be read multiple times in 2017.

Not all my picks have gone well, these are the books we stopped reading due to peril or slowness of the plot.

No doubt we’ll try them again in a year or so. It’s not a race or a competition. We just want to fill our lives with stories, if that means a few wrong turns then so be it, and if that means reading the same books over and over again that’s cool too.


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