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1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up, part 1

1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up

I discovered 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up via @homedad when Fiction Fridays started almost a year ago. I loved the look of it so much that I asked for a copy for my Christmas present. Since then, I’ve flicked through it but not really read it fully but this post from Honey Bee Books has inspired me to look through the book more and see how many I’ve read, and how many we have in the house!

The book is split into age ranges: 0-3; 3+; 5+; 8+; and 12+. Unsurprisingly most of the books we have are in the 3+ and 5+ sections. My only problem with the age ranges (despite wondering why some books are in particular sections) is that the first section is 0-3 instead of 0+, because a lot of the books in there can be enjoyed by age 3+children too. However, that’s semantics and doesn’t detract from the lovely collection of books.

Do I agree with them all? Of course not! My 1001 would be different, but this 1001 is varied and covers a wide range whereas I’d possibly be more narrow having a preference for fantasy 😉

Starting backwards, because we have the least books in the older sections, here are the books from 1001 children’s book that are currently under my roof…

There are 270 books in this section. I have read 15 of them. We currently have 12 in the house.

I was quite surprised how few books I’d read in the 12+ section considering I thought I liked YA, but it seems a lot of what I like comes in the 8+ section. I’m also surprised to see Mister Monday (Garth Nix) here because to me it is more of an 8+ book; also I would have put Sabriel in the 12+ section but that’s nowhere to be seen. I think Nix’s Old Kingdom series definitely deserved a place and am surprised that the Keys to the Kingdom was chosen instead, much as I also love them.

Many of the 12+ section are classic novels which I never really enjoyed (e.g. The Three Musketeers, Little Women, The Call of the Wild…) or more modern teenage reads that I am too old for (e.g. The Illustrated Mum, Noughts and Crosses, How I Live Now).

For the collected books in the picture above, included in the 1001 list were The Hound of the Baskervilles; The Fellowship of the Ring; and The Dark is Rising. We also have the full Northern Lights and Bartimaeus trilogies plus all seven Keys to the Kingdom books. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee) and Private Peaceful (Michael Morporgo) missed the photo call.

There are 362 books in this section. I have read 68 of them. We currently have 46 in the house.

This is the largest section which doesn’t surprise me as there is a huge difference between the average eight year old and the average eleven year old – the transition from primary to secondary school for a start. The range of books is therefore quite extensive.

I’m surprised to find The Wolves in the Walls (Neil Gaiman ) and Der Struwwelpeter (Heinrich Hoffman) in the 8+ section as I’d put them younger. Well, not so surprised by Der Struwwelpeter I suppose but The Wolves in the Walls is definitely a 5+ book (younger in this household!)

Missing for me are Jane Yolen’s Dragon’s Blood, a book series that stayed with me for so long that I searched it out to re-read in my twenties (and must read again now); The Ordinary Princess by M. M. Kaye which in my opinion is the perfect fairy tale; personally I prefer Coraline to The Graveyard Book but I am in a minority; also there are no Diana Wynne-Jones which seems a huge oversight.

For the collected books above, included in the 1001 list were: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (we also have as illustrated book); Through the Looking Glass; The Borrowers; and Cirque du Freak. Others that we don’t quite have are The Thousand and One Arabian Nights (we have an adaptation illustrated by Jan Pienkowski); Charles and Mary Lamb’s Tales from Shakespeare (my mum has it ready for when the girls are older, we have Usborne Stories from Shakespeare plus a collection of adaptations as well as the Complete Shakespeare and two illustrated by Arthur Rackham!) and D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths (we have several other myth books). Comet in Moominland (Tove Jansson); Gargling with Jelly (Brian Patten) and The Demon Headmaster (Gillian Cross) missed the photo call.

Part two will take me longer to collate as we have so many! I may split 5+, 3+ & 0-3 into separate posts.

International Book Giving Day

Did you know there was an International Book Giving Day? I knew about World Book Day and World Book Night but a day for giving any used or new children’s books to children? What a fantastic idea. And having it on February 14th, a date currently destroyed by crass commercialism, even better!

Amy from Delightful Children’s Books introduces International Book Giving Day and gives three simple options that anyone can do: Give, Donate or Leave a book.

International Book Giving Day is a day dedicated to getting new, used, or borrowed books in the hands of as many kids as possible.

If you’ve read my post Biblioholism, you may have seen that we wouldn’t miss one or two books (okay, I’ll still miss them, I’m an addict – but it’s for a good cause…) so I’ll definitely be joining in.

The idea is to get books into the hands of as many children as possible. I live in an area where getting books to children isn’t such a problem, but there are plenty of charities that would love to have more books to give – Zoe from Playing by the Book has an extensive list of charities that accept book donations, along with more ideas.

You don’t have to rush out and buy lots of books for your local hospital. One book, one child is all it takes:

Has it been a while since you went to the library? Take your child(ren) and borrow a book that’s new to them.

Has that board book outlived its welcome? Leave it in a waiting room for a bored toddler…

A rainbow of touchy feely board books

What will I be doing? Well, I did mention there were some board books that needed a new home. To start with, a little pile of That’s Not My… books which have been well-loved but are still in good condition.

I will donate several books to my local Helen and Douglas House shop. Helen and Douglas House charity supports Helen House and Douglas House hospices. The sale of the books will help children and young adults with life shortening conditions and their families, plus the books will get to be loved again by whoever buys them.

I’ll also be giving a couple of That’s Not My… books to friends whose first children are coming up for a year old, because they’re just the right age to really start enjoying them.

We got to a lovely little church cafe / toddler group on Tuesday mornings so I’ll leave a book or two there too, as they don’t have many.

I think I might keep That’s Not My Dragon though, it was the first That’s Not My… book I bought for MG. Oh, but can’t I keep the Tiger one too? And DG loved the Monkey one, and I got the Dolly one after MG borrowed it from the library so many times… No, no, I will give them up for adoption, I will!

You can keep up to date with International Book Giving Day news via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or their blog. You’ll also soon be able to download an exclusive bookplate designed by children’s author & illustrator Clara Vulliamy!

To join in with International Book Giving Day, give/donate/leave a book (or several) and share the love…