Top Ten Tuesday: Children’s Lit 101

This post was supposed to go up early today, as I love this week’s topic. But seeing as today was my first day back after last week’s vacation and yesterday’s interview, I didn’t get a chance to write. So now it’s 11pm and I’m sliding this post in last minute.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is about choosing a type of literature class you would want to teach and then choosing books for your syllabus. No lie, I’ve had a dream about this before! I dreamt that I was lecturing on my first day of teaching a YA class and I kept changing the syllabus because there were too many books I wanted to cover. For this post, however, I’ve decided to go with a children’s lit class. I had a vague idea to focus the class on retellings, or even books that seemed to inspire one another, but I didn’t have time to fully develop that idea. A post for another day, perhaps!

  1. Folk & Fairy Tales: An Introductory Anthology by Martin Hallett and Barbara Karasek
  2. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  3. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
  4. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  5. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (If this were truly a class on retellings, I would read this alongside The Jungle Book)
  6. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  7. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
  8. Abarat by Clive Barker
  9. The Thief of Always by Clive Barker
  10. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
  11. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

My list got a little hairy towards the end. I know I want to read Fairyland alongside something because it was so so good and also definitely inspired by books that came before it. But I can’t figure out what I would read it with. It reminded me in different ways of each of the four books I listed after it.

Did I miss any great ones?

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