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!
- Folk & Fairy Tales: An Introductory Anthology by Martin Hallett and Barbara Karasek
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
- Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
- Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (If this were truly a class on retellings, I would read this alongside The Jungle Book)
- Coraline by Neil Gaiman
- The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
- Abarat by Clive Barker
- The Thief of Always by Clive Barker
- The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
- 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?