Books From My Children's Lit Class Ranked
Recently just finished a college course about children's literature with an inspiring professor- lots of new insights about children's literature and new favorites as well!
- 1.A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson BurnettSomehow I never read this book as a child, which made it all the more delightful to read now. Sara Crew- what an odd chick! Loved it.
- 2.Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz RyanAnother book I didn't read growing up, features the classic tale common in children's lit of going from riches to rags (like Sara Crew) but actually explores race, culture, and tradition much more than most books for kids.
- 3.Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. RowlingThe last Potter book that can stand alone from the rest of the series, and the only book that Voldemort does not make an appearance. Rowling gives so much content to explore in this book, that I wrote an essay solely about Buckbeak and it was the most fun I've had in an academic essay.
- 4.Charlotte's Web by E.B. WhiteCharlotte's Web still reigns as one of the best. Still cried when Charlotte died just like I did in second grade. Also Fern isn't even there when Wilbur wins at the fair?!? She is off galavanting with Henry Fussy?!? I repressed this so hard from childhood I was shocked when I read it.
- 5.Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis CarrollI love you Alice, and how you'll drink anything, eat anything, and the way you use language in this book. Curiouser and curiouser...
- 6.Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald DahlAlright, alright reading this as an adult you might raise your eyebrows at the fact Wonka brought the Oompa Loompa's over on what sounds like The Middle Passage, and that historically the novel originally did NOT describe the Oompa Loompa's with orange skin, but that only makes for interesting discussion about Wonka and his factory!
- 7.The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank BaumMy favorite phrase from this course comes from this book when Dorothy, Lion, Tin Man, and Scarecrow are walking and they are described as a "queer party." Tracing the use of the word queer throughout all the books, and then seeing it instantly dropped after a certain time period after it picks up a sexual connotation- it used to be a staple word in all children's lit!
- 8.Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianMore young adult literature than children's lit, loved the first person narration in this book. Really, really good.
- 9.Mary Poppins by P.L. TraversThe Disney movie of this book is so engraved in my brain, that I had a hard time not constantly comparing the book to movie (book Mary is real different from movie Mary!) Loved the scene though where the children visit Mr. Wigg and have a tea party on the ceiling, it really encompasses the joyfulness of children's lit.
- 10.Peter Pan by J.M. BarrieOkay. The ending. Peter doesn't remember who Tinker Bell is or killing Captain Hook and he is kind of actually a sad person? Thanks a lot Disney for building this one up and then crushing me at 20!
- 11.Treasure Island by R.L. StevensonThis one was hard for me to get through. Yeah, I know it's every 10 year old boys favorite.