Librarians are natural “book-pushers” and it is a true pleasure to share literature with the young who are so open to a variety of styles, genres and subjects. I have created some booklists for children who are reading this summer as part of the summer reading club and they are to be found on the kids’ pages of the Library website at www.tbpl.ca. These books are all in the theme of the imaginary, fantastical and dare I say….fantasmagorical.
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. This Swedish import endures as a read-alone or read-at-bedtime-to-your-children classic. Pippi, the strongest girl in the world, fears nothing and no one, and leads her friends Annicka and Tommy on amazing adventures in the south seas and beyond. She has piles of gold from her pirate father which is perfect for financing her outlandish schemes. With a generous heart and two red braids which stick out on either side of her head, Pippi is a fiercely fun female. And she has a pet monkey too!
Another classic title is The Borrowers by Mary Norton which tells the story of a family of exquisitely tiny people who live in the walls of a normal house and travel back and forth through a mouse hole. The Borrowers are the reason why so many of us lose little things like stamps (they make good wall art), thimbles (sturdy cooking pots) and face cloths (what a splendid comforter for a teeny bed). We imagine that we have been careless or forgetful, but really, it is the Borrowers at work. I am sure that I have a family living at the Library where I work because things have the oddest habit of disappearing on me.
For ideas of books to try out… ask your librarian and I’ll see you on the other side of Alice’s looking glass.