My oldest daughter is ten, and like me she is a massive book worm. Much like myself when I was her age, you’re most likely to catch her curled up in a corner reading a book, lost in the story. From early on I’ve been impressed with her ability to understand the finer points of a story and come up with thoughtful, meaningful questions about the plot, character development and history behind a story. She’s just now getting to the tween stage that many parents dread, but me? I’m excited. There are so many great books that I want to share with her, and now that she’s old enough to get it, I’m eager to start. Below are seven books that I cannot wait for my tween-age daughter to read.
7. Sadako and the 1000 Paper Cranes
My fourth grade teacher read this book to my class and it moved me beyond words. In fact, the entire class was moved enough that she blew off the rest of the day’s lessons and finished the book in one sitting. The next week we made a 1000 paper cranes as a class project, and the story has stayed with me ever since.
6. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
This is another book introduced to me by my fourth grade teacher, though I ended up reading it a year later. Why? Because the PTA at the time thought the book was too “controversial” and had it banned from the school. I ended up reading it during a summer reading program, but the banning of the book became as much a lesson to me as the book itself.
5. As the Waltz Was Ending
As the Waltz Was Ending was one of the first books that made the harsh realities of world war two come alive to me. It didn’t hurt that it was about a ballet dancer, which is something I was obsessed with at the time.
4. The Little House Books
I can’t tell you how much I loved the Little House books. I read each and every one of them from cover to cover. Realizing that there weren’t any more to devour was one of the sadder parts of my childhood. The Little House books made me wish there were more frontiers to discover, and may explain my brief interest in joining the Mars One project.
3. Summer of My German Soldier
I suspect that I might find this story a bit patronizing now, and I definitely don’t see it as the great romance I thought it was when I was 12, but I still think it’s worth a read.
Hatchet is still one of the most enthralling books I’ve ever read, and is absolutely the reason I got into survival and prepping stuff. I’m not a nut job waiting for the apocalypse, I just want to be bad ass and ready for anything like Brian.
1. Harriet the Spy.
I’ll admit, I’m cheating with this one, my daughter read this a while back, but I think it bears including. Who didn’t love Harriet and her sneaky little ways, and feel for her when she took it too far?