2016: Classic Children’s Literature April Project

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Amanda over on Simpler Pastimes is hosting her annual Children’s Classic event, this year she has moved it to April. I have participated the previous two years so have been waiting for this years event to arrive. I missed the nomination and voting for the suggestions on the read-along book for the event. I can say that you should enjoy the selection, I happened to read it during the 2014 event and found it a fun read. I’ve still not figured out if my version was abridged or not. I will be interested to see what other have to say about their reading of the selection originally published in German.

Event basics:
During the month of April, read as many Children’s Classics as you wish and post about them on your blog and/or leave a comment on Simpler Pastimes event page.

The optional RAL title: Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kästner. Discussion planned for the weekend of April 22-24. My review if you want to take a peek before (or after) your reading.

For purposes of defining a classic, we are going with a book published prior to 1966 and appropriate for a young child to pre-teen age.


So what do I have in the works for this April…

  1. Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze for a prize winner, won the Newbery in 1933.
  2. A Ring of Endless Light for my L’Engle project that I started in 2015 and have extended into 2016 with some of her other works.
  3. The final vote isn’t in for the Juvenile Genre Book of the Month for my DWS Goodreads group. Options are: Five Little Peppers and How They Grew or Ballet Shoes
  4. Another group I participate in at Goodreads has a possible Book of the Month selection (still pending voting) that would work: The Little Mermaid


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4 Responses to 2016: Classic Children’s Literature April Project

  1. blogger2016c says:

    Young Fu is a great book. Looking forward to reading your thoughts on the others. I did the challenge last year & enjoyed it very much & am looking forward to participating again.

  2. amanda says:

    The only of these I’ve read is The Little Mermaid, although I have read a number of other L’Engles. Someday I’m going to make my way through more of her books. Thanks for joining in and Happy Reading!

  3. Plethora says:

    Boy, I wasn’t paying much attention when I planned my post. I spaced the pre-1966 date. I forgot L’Engle wrote the latter part of The Austin Family series 20 years after the first few in the series.

  4. amanda says:

    Huh. I didn’t realize that the books were spaced so far apart either. But then, it’s been a long time since I’ve read any L’Engle. But don’t worry–the 1966 is more of a general guideline for “classic”–there are no “classics police!”

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