One thing I need to do more of is encouraging our kids to read literature classics, but I'm in the dark on this because I didn't grow up reading them myself. Kent loves to read the classics, but obviously he's at a higher level than where the kids are, so I don't even know where to start them. (Dumb question: What makes a book “a classic” anyway?)
Before you share your advice, keep in mind that, sadly, our 14 year old and 11 year old have never loved reading as much as Kent and I do. (Our 8 year old does, though, thankfully!) And our son in college said the other day that when he reads books, he doesn't see a picture in his head, but if someone is reading TO him he does. Our 14 year old confirmed that it's the same for him. Does that mean we should have him listen only to us read or to books on tape? Or will more reading help him to learn to see pictures in his mind? I've always thought that someone who learns visually vs. being more auditory is just that way, and you have to work with it not try and change it, but I'm not sure about this…? (Not that I'd want to change how they are, because those traits help them in other areas that someone who is super visual like me doesn't benefit from, but when it comes to reading it can be difficult.)
So here are some classics I'm thinking of trying to turn them on to, but I need your advice on which ones will grab an 11 year old girl? Which will be interesting enough for a 14 year old boy who is an auditory learner (and who loves aviation!)? Which are appropriate for our 8 year old son?
Once I hear from all of you, I can't wait to download these. Most, but not all, are free on Kindle, and if you don't have a Kindle, you can click here to get a free reader for your phone, tablet or computer.
- Would any of these books by Louisa May Alcott be good?
- We read The Narnia Series to our oldest, but at what age could they read this on their own, typically?
- What about: The Boy Allies?
- The Bobbsey Twins Series
- Beatrix Potter books
- Submarine Boys
- Tom Swift books
- Campfire Girls
- Tom Slade books
- Any others you suggest???