I have begun a list of 'not to miss children's books' for my children to read. Would you be so kind to list, just off the top of your head 5-10 books that you would place on this list. That would be so cool.Now I'm assuming you mean Aussie books, Sarah. You see I have just purchased 1001 Children's Books You must Read Before You Grow Up. To narrow that list to just ten would be hopelessly unachievable, I suspect.
Selecting 10 Aussie books to place on the list was pretty near impossible for me too.
Still, at risk of being totally lambasted, here are my ten:
Dot and the Kangaroo Ethel PedleyIt is a hopelessly incomplete list I know. What about Pastures of the Blue Crane? Tangara? Blinky Bill? Stradbroke Dreamtime? Are We There Yet? Where are Mem Fox and Shaun Tan? Australia has some incredibly terrific literature - that's what my blog is all about - telling you about it, and encouraging you to read it to your kids!!
Tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie May Gibbs
Animalia Graeme Base
My Place Nadia Wheatley
Magic Pudding Norman Lindsay
Seven Little Australians Ethel Turner
Silver Brumby Elyne Mitchell
Storm Boy Colin Thiele
Ash Road Ivan Southall
Picnic at Hanging Rock Joan Lindsay
Anyhow, I'm going to toss Sarah's question over to you. What would you add to my list? What would you omit? Do share. The only hitch is this. Sarah asked for 10 books max. In order to add something to my list you must remove something else to fit in your choice. Sound fair? One more thing: Sarah said, "off the top of your head". Don't spend too much time researching this - I didn't.
Can you tell?