I have a secret; I am addicted to buying books.Few things in life bring me more pleasure than a stack of new books on the counter of my favorite bookstore, purchased and ready to come home. The problem is, I've run out of places in my house for these stories to live. My children attempted to conquer the daunting task of organizing our endless book piles. What started out as house cleaning project, quickly turned into the three of us huddling together under the covers re-reading -- and re-living -- nearly every one of our favorite books. We clearly required organizational leadership. Assuming the role of household librarian, my daughter decided that we needed some kind of a system for our never-ending piles of books. This reading list is that system, developed and sorted by my children. Many of the recommended book lists published online are written by publishers, parents, and academic scholars. Dont get me wrong, their recommendations are invaluable, but there is something really special about a child recommending a book. It means they've read it, identified with it, loved it, and asked for it again and again. The book has become part of who they are, and they want to share it.
Kid-loved, kid-tested, kid-approved.