I was just thinking of books that I want to read to my (eventual) children. Mostly they’re books I was read as a kid, but some are books I wished I’d read or that I’ve read more recently.
- Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien – I’m reading this to Nicole right now, and it’s really fun, especially because she’s never read it before.
- Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card – I once aspired to re-read this every year, but that didn’t happen. I’m long overdue.
- Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis – I never read this, and while I’m cautious of the Christian overtones, it’s one that I feel I missed out on.
- The Dark is Rising, by Susan Cooper
- Redwall, by Brian Jacques
- The Prydain Chronicles, by Lloyd Alexander
- The Enchanted Forest series, by Patricia Wrede – Feminist and irreverent, while I didn’t see these as most favorite, I think they’re important.
- The Pit Dragon Trilogy, by Jane Yolen
- Stardust, by Neil Gaiman – I actually read this in college, but I like the idea of exposing children to Neil Gaiman’s writing early.
- Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling – So that the kids will have read the books before seeing the movies.
- Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman
I have most of these in a trunk in Amherst. I like reading books aloud! But as noted by the friend with whom I brainstormed this list, I may run out of time to get through everything, unless we read more than at bedtime, or the kids fall asleep very slowly.