Novels with My Daughter

She's in 1st grade. We read together nightly & have done so since her baby days. She doesn't mind when I read in silly voices. She's willingly allowed me to throw out some classic books that we've loved experiencing together (& vetoed a few along the way...sorry, Pippi). So, so many more stories to come. I hope we do this for a few more yearsπŸ“šπŸ“–
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    Charlotte's Web - EB White
    This is the first story with chapters that we ever tackled, back when she was 4. She took the death stuff in stride, although she declined pork for a few months afterward πŸ·πŸ•·πŸ•Έ
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    Betsy Tacy - Maud Lovelace
    I was so excited that my girl dug this book. It's a look at the friendship of two little girls in small town Midwest after the turn of the 20th century. She was really interested in hearing about what kids did for fun before TV & computers & cars to drive you everywhere
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    Betsy Tacy & Tib - Maud Lovelace
    Upon reading this sequel, she has insisted on making "everything pudding" on a series of occasions. She also, a la Betsy, tried to convince her little brother to "fly" out of a tree. Books: giving kids dangerous ideas for over a century πŸ‘πŸ½
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    The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster
    Sure plenty of grammar & syntax jokes go over her head, but she giggles during each new chapter. It IS years later still a very funny book
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    The Fantastic Mr. Fox - Roald Dahl
    I honestly think she still has a hard time grappling with the notion that the farmers are the bad guys here
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    Charlie & the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
    She still hasn't seen either of the films, even though she LOVES this book. Weirdly declines to watch them. My guess is that she likes the visions in her head of the story so much that she doesn't want to have them preempted by films' imagery. Or something...?
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    Matilda - Roald Dahl
    Smart girl role model! Although anyone young can appreciate this tale of a kid who can best every single grown-up in her life. I'm jonesing to take her to the musical when it comes to our area this winter
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    The Witches - Roald Dahl
    My kid likes creepy. She also now keeps a sharp eye out for ladies wearing gloves
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    The Borrowers - Mary Norton
    Started talking into the vent in her room & leaving bits of random stuff next to it in case our 140 year old house has Borrowers too (it probably does)
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    Coraline - Neil Gaiman
    Obsessed. A repeat read. Constantly trying to convince her little bro to watch the film, which terrifies him
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    Fortunately, the Milk - Neil Gaiman
    Stegosaurus doctor time traveling lady for the win! Loved loved Gaiman's audiobook. Confuses Gaiman with both Roald Dahl (similar material) & Severus Snape (similar look). He's awesome enough without having to throw them into the mix, but I get it
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    A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
    The only book that I've felt might have been a bit too beyond her comprehension, but she implored me to finish. Lots of questions about this one as we read. I think she'll really enjoy it in a couple more years
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    The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe - CS Lewis
    Like decades of kids who have read this, she had an intense fixation on seeking out Turkish Delight to see if it's really worth selling out your siblings for a taste (it's not). We need to delve into more Narnia books, for sure
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    Beezus & Ramona - Beverly Cleary
    My daughter & I are both older sisters, so the plight of Beezus really speaks to us...
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    Ramona the Pest - Beverly Cleary
    ...however, getting Ramona's younger sibling perspective has helped Harper understand her little brother a bit better. She loved hearing about Ramona's kindergarten-sized issues when she was the same age
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    Ramona the Brave - Beverly Cleary
    #1stgradeproblems
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    Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone - JK Rowling
    She wanted to see the movie, but I said we had to try to read the book first. So Harp insisted we give it a whirl, & she was smitten after 2 chapters. She asks lots of questions about semantics of the wizarding world & is obsessed with all the details of Hogwarts. She dug up my old HP 5 Wii game & loves playing it just to explore the castle
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    Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets - JK Rowling
    We're currently finishing this one, & she has insisted on a Hermione costume for this Halloween. Huzzah for badass character inspiration ❀️ After this, I'm insisting we take an HP break for a couple of years before we delve into the more political books
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    More to come...
    I'm just itching to introduce her to The Secret Garden, The Wizard of Oz, Anne of Green Gables, the Little House books, Judy Blume...
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    The Halloween Tree - Ray Bradbury
    This is easily the most lyric & beautifully written book we've tackled. It's about 8 boys on Halloween night who join a mysterious/creepy/fun man in a magical sweep through history & across the world to learn about how the holiday came to be, all while trying to save 1 of their buddies. It's basically all about death, and confronting it, even celebrating it. I though we'd try it out & was astounded when my girl insisted we finish
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    The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
    I like reading old novels to the kid because it sparks really interesting conversations about the way things used to be. I try not to lecture to her too much, but it's important to know about customs/norms that used to be prevalent that aren't any more (& colonialism is a bigot part of the premise of this book). Once we got through the thick beginning, she got very wrapped up in a tale of a girl leaning how to gain empathy & create a little community simply by digging around in dirt
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    The Alvin Ho series - Lenore Look
    This is the BEST series (5 short novels) for younger kids from the past 5 or so years. It's the same tone/understanding of kids that Beverly Cleary & Judy Blume have. Alvin is a 2nd grader, a middle child, Chinese-American, lives in Concord, Massachusetts ("which is very hard to spell"), and scared of EVERYTHING. The books are told in first person & chock full of excellent illustrations by the wonderful LeUyen Pham. They are funny, sweet, & not even remotely condescending to kids