Are you a closet Kid Lit lover?

I would like to gauge interest in starting a Children’s Literature Reading Group.

As part of my ongoing Happiness Project I have been looking for more ways to inject a bit of fun into life and this idea was one that appealed to me.  I love to read but tend to read non-fiction and also have a tendency to stick within a small range of fiction authors.  I thought a KidLit group would allow me to get back in touch with the archetypes of childhood and see a lighter approach to the bigger issues in life.

I thought that perhaps if enough people were interested, we could do it in real life once every couple of months.   Or if there was more interest online, create a small blog space where everyone joins up and writes their own review of “the book of the month” – and opinions can be shared that way and through the comments.

Meets: Every 2 months.
Ideas for a Reading List:

  • Percy Jackson and The Olympians – The Lightning Thief (or the series to date)
  • The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
  • Graceling – Kristin Cashore
  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth – Carrie Ryan
  • Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception – Maggie Stiefvater
  • Going Bovine – Libba Bray
  • When You Reach Me – Rebecca Stead
  • Terry Pratchett’s  Tiffany Aching series.
  • The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents – Terry Pratchett
  • Nation – Terry Pratchett

Some old classics:

  • The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S.Lewis
  • The Hobbit – J.R.R.Tolkien
  • Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  • Selected Enid Blyton (e.g. The Folk of the Faraway Tree)
  • Black Stallion series – Walter Farley
  • Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Little House Books – Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Anne of Green Gables series – L.M.Montgomery

Some new classics:

  • Harry Potter series – J.K.Rowling

I know that this list barely scratches the surface of available titles, and I know that everyone has their favourite memories of reading when a child.  I am interested to see how much themes have changed in the world of young adult (and younger) fiction over the XX years since I could legitimately claim to be the audience.  Or perhaps the themes haven’t changed but the settings and language may have.  I’m not sure quite what to expect but I’m willing to find out what the “in” reading is.

Are you interested in joining me?

If you know me in real life, then email me at home or through Facebook and we’ll see what we can do.  If you’re an online friend or one of those IRL friends who live overseas and are keen to participate in an online version, drop me an email at whatever address you have for me – then we can chat about how to do it.

Happy reading everyone.

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