Last week, I wrote about my idea to get everyone reading more and better books by doing a reading swap with my kids. It’s a simple plan: They read a book I think they’ll like, and I’ll read a book they think I’ll like.
Here’s what we have so far. (Note: All links are Amazon Associate links, meaning I earn a small percentage of every sale. If you click through and end up buying something else, I still earn! Thank you!)
My 19-year-old daughter has me reading The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett,
and I gave her The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh.
My 18-year-old daughter is still mulling over my assignment, but I’m probably giving her The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth.
My 16-year-old daughter got me started on The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan,
and I’m giving her The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis.
My 15-year-old son gave me The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
and I’m giving him A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
My 13-year-old son assigned me Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
and I’m giving him Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
(if you order this book, beware of abridged editions!).
My 11-year-old daughter got me started on The Luck Uglies by Paul Durham,
and I gave her The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson (terrible, off-putting cover):
My 10-year-old daughter gave me The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann (here’s hoping the cover is misleading)
My 8-year-old daughter gave me The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
and I’m giving her The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White.
My five-year-old is just learning how to read, so she’s not playing, but I did order a copy of The Complete Tales of Winnie-The-Pooh by A.A. Milne for us to read together.
If your family is only familiar with the Disney version of Winnie the Pooh, do yourself a tremendous favor and get ahold of the original. The stories are so weird and hilarious, highly entertaining for parents without being condescending for kids.
And we’re off! I’ll probably follow up with a bunch of quick reviews by me and the kids, and then we’ll get a second list going. So far, so good.
Are you interested in doing a book swap with your kids this summer? What books will you give them, and which books are they giving you? Please include their ages and maybe a little bit about why the books are on the list.