The books I'm recommending for adults and children this year are classics.
Norton Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth (which is the same age as this blogger!) cleverly takes the reader through the Mountains of Ignorance, Digitopolis, the Sea of Knowledge, the Doldrums and jumps to Conclusions. The question posed without being posed is "How do I make sense of this world?" Milo (the boy on this adventure) laments to the princesses, Rhyme and Reason, who have been banished from their land, "Many of the things I'm supposed to know seem so useless that I can't see the purpose in learning them at all." Reason replies, "You may not see it now, but whatever we learn has a purpose and whatever we do affects everything and everyone else...Whenever you learn something new, the whole world becomes that much richer."
Old Turtle, by Douglas White (and illustrated by Cheng-Khee Chee) asks the question, "Who is God?" through the voices of the animal world. No matter what you believe about God's existence or not, you will surely be moved by the wisdom of Old Turtle
And finally, the book that answers the question, "What do you get the person who has everything?" The answer is in it's title, The Gift of Nothing by cartoonist and author, Patrick McDonnell. The popular comic strip, Mutts, is the starting place for this profound little book. Mooch, the cat gives Earl, the dog, the perfect gift.
And good gifts these books are! I'm ordering more copies now for the season ahead because even the most-difficult-to buy-for LOVE these classics.
I'm re-reading them now, that's why they are on "Our Bedside Table."
Write in and let us know what children's literature you're reading.
P.S. Heading out to the movie theater this weekend to find out how well Hollywood adapted The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, to the big screen! Can't wait!