Monday 13 July 2009

Guys, I need your help...

Okay, I have to write an essay for English over the summer about how children's literature rocks the socks off of adult books. But I can't think of that many children's classics that I can use. (My English teacher won't let me use modern authors because he won't have read them and can't mark them. How annoying, I had some great ideas!)

Please help me! These are the ones I've got so far:

Skellig - David Almond
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
The Wizard of Oz - Frank L. Baum

If you've got any suggestions please leave a comment!



  1. How about Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild?

    I'm sure I can think of more! I'll try to come back as soon as I do. But your teacher should read some modern children's/YA fiction - he is missing out. :)

  2. Ooh, there's a great list here which might help you:

    Of those, I wish I'd thought to recommend Charlotte's Web, The Secret Garden and Little Women. :)

  3. Not sure if these are what you are looking for but here are some I could think up, hope they can get you started.

    Peter Pan- J.M Barrie
    The faraway tree- Enid Blyton
    A wrinkle in time- Madeleine L'Engle
    George's Mavolous medicine, the twits, BFG - Roald Dahl (anything he wrote)
    A wizard of Earthsea- Ursula K. Le Guin
    The jungle book- Rudyard Kipling
    The secret garden- Frances Hodgson Burnett

    I think its ridiculous that he is narrowing your choices based on his reading selection. I kind of hope you stump him with which ever books you decide on.


  4. Can't remember the author, but how about Bambi or Bambi's Children?

    L. Diane Wolfe

  5. voyages of doctor dolittle was a great one. can't remember the author though!

  6. I have no idea if this is even what you're looking for, but The Winnie the Pooh books are classics (and I still own all the ones I had as a kid)

  7. Perhaps the Phantom Tollbooth? Also, The Little Prince.


  8. I know it's by a modern author, but is Junk by Melvin Burgess not known as a classic now?

  9. I not really sure if it qualify's as a classic but I would say I Am the Messenger by. Markus Zusak.

  10. Thanks guys! You all rock!

    And Seahn, he is actually a really great teacher and I know where he's coming from. It's just a bit annoying, that's all.

  11. He probably just doesn't anyone talking about Twilight or HP!

  12. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
    Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
    Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
    Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

  13. I'm retracting the stumping your teacher thing, because a good teacher that works for you is really hard to get (I know I had some that had a teaching style that didn't work for me). What is a classic though- nominated for a literary award so could be well known, or published before a certain date?

    Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce
    Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody (May only be well known in Australia- Not sure)
    They are just favourites not classics though.


  14. The Little Princess by Frances Hodges Burnett. It's a pretty good book.
    The Hobbit/ Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien. Speaks for itself.
    The Borrowers by Mary Norton. Not so bad.
    Also, don't limit youself to The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe if you like C.S. Lewis; there are seven books in the Narnia series, and LWW is only the second. I liked The Horse and His Boy and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader best.

  15. Definitely Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott. Also, he must have read The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, by John Boyne?? Wasn't that originally a YA/children's book?

  16. Sorry, I don't know many classics. I hated Skellig. Stone Cold is a great book, although you might not have read it. How about "Lord of the Flies." Or is that not children?

    Sorry I'm not much help.


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