📚 Ask the Kids….
Favorite 2023 Literature
In the midst of a feast full of rich dishes, Literature is an often undervalued richness of its own.
Even among the crowd who speaks about Reading Aloud and Living Books exponentially more than any other group of people, I have observed that we often don’t quite understand the power of story and its place at our tables.
Stories have a power all their own…
In my “Literature: Illuminating Ideas” Workshop I express the power of story as such:
“Stories do the slow work of forming a flexible imagination and illuminating all manner of ideas simply by the nature of what they are.”
Stories don’t need to be “used” or enhanced or aided by any of our strategies and techniques.
They don’t have to be distilled, analyzed, or summarized in order to be synthesized by the mind.
Stories show us things that simply can’t be told and our imaginations can’t be formed without them.
And not only do stories matter, but they’re truly a delight.
In no other place in our homeschool schedule are we quite as free to simply delight in goodness that needs no contribution from us.
📖 Teddy’s Favorite Literature Read from 2023: (in 2023 he was in 8th grade/13 yo)
Pax by Sara Pennypacker
This novel is an adventure story, an animal story, a friendship story, a war story, and a story about the power of love. It is honest and sad and lovely.
📖 Sheldon’s Favorite Literature Read From 2023:
(In 2023 he was in 4th grade/9 yo)
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
Another story about the power of love, penned in a way that only DiCamillo can do, with plenty of laughs and adventure thrown in.
📚 A Literature Read Mom Loved From 2023:
Rain, Reign by Ann M. Martin
I laughed, I cried, I loved the main character fiercely. That is the marker of a wonderful story.
For more recommendations from our reading kiddos: