The Kindle and Young Adult Literature

A brief illness provided some reading time this week and so I read four kids’ books in one day: Sarah, Plain and Tall; The Giver; The Sign of the Beaver; and Anastasia Krupnik.  I have really enjoyed revisiting books from my youth (Cheaper by the Dozen) and reading new ones.  I love this part of my new job as the continuing English education teacher.

Classic children’s books are quality reads.  The only problem with them is that they are too short.  As soon as you start getting to know the characters and caring about what happens to them, the book is over.

So I started reading The Lord of the Rings.  That should solve that.  (I’m copying you, Doug Jackson.  I felt a twinge of jealousy when I read your post.)

I composed the following short poem (?) while reading:

O Kindle, friend in a foreign land

Joy in reading

Painful reality in your reflective surface

Such a bad angle while

propped up in bed or

sitting with you on my lap

I want to hear from you, friend.  What are you favorite children’s literature books?  What do you remember reading as a kid?  What have your kids read and enjoyed?

4 thoughts on “The Kindle and Young Adult Literature

  1. I loved the Little House on the Prairie Books. And also Bread and Jam for Frances — still my favorite Frances book, but I love them all! I enjoyed your poem. It reminded me of meeting you in Dr. Willerton’s Poetry Workshop!


  2. I loved reading “The Indian in the Cupboard” series (by Lynne Reid Banks) to my boys, as well as “Hatchet” (by Gary Paulsen). Great memories!


  3. Hi there! I love reading your posts every day. It’s kinda fun to have a down day to read, isn’t it? (But sorry you were sick.) Just wanted to tell you one of my favorite childhood books – A Tree for Peter by Kate Seredy. My 3rd grade teacher read it to us, and I remembered loving it. It was out of print for a long time, but I bought a copy (apparently back in print now) a couple of years ago. The illustrations are wonderful and done by the author.

    I hope everything is going well at the school. I loved the pictures of the kids as they were dressed for their first day. Praying for all of you.




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