Kids these days are reading, but they're missing the classics. Mr. T did Battle of the Books last year and read some amazing books--I've no qualm with him reading Goosebumps so long as it's balanced out with quality books like Hoot. School curriculums include more contemporary writers, which is great, but I yearn for my tribe to appreciate the stories of my childhood, too. Unfortunately three boys haven't shown an eagerness for Betsy-Tacy or Dancing Shoes or Anne of Green Gables. But they did listen with interest as I read aloud The Wizard of Oz, The Great Brain, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Robinson Crusoe and Treasure Island. I have The Black Stallion, Abel's Island, The Cricket in Times Square and The Secret Garden on deck. What other classic children's books do young boys need to hear read aloud before bedtime? Do you think they can handle Little Men?
Tell me, reader, are you reading the classics to your kids or is it all contemporary? Is there value in dusting off Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer?