Truth be told, February ranks second in my list of least favourite months, so I’m planning to continue my stringent self-care-through-reading regime — this time by focusing on children’s classics I’ve been meaning to get to. I did this last September, and the result was one of the most satisfying reading months I had all year. Part of me really wishes I were joining everyone who’s doing Comics February instead, but these books have been calling to me and I’m powerless to resist. Here are the contenders:
- So You Want to be a Wizard by Diane Duane – this one is a bit more recent than the rest of the titles on this pile, but still older than me and a beloved fantasy classic.
- The Mouse and His Child by Russell Hoban
- When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr
- Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
- The Midnight Kittens by Dodie Smith – Kittens! Also Dodie Smith.
- The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge
- A Stitch in Time by Penelope Lively
- The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
- The Machine Gunners by Robert Westall
- Five Children and IT by E. Nesbit
- Jo of the Chalet School by Elinor Brent-Dyer – I’ve been meaning to try one of the Chalet School books for a while, so when I spotted this at my library I had to grab it. I have no idea if it’s actually a good one to start with, though – any thoughts?
- The Fairy Doll by Rumer Godden – because Jenny.
- Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
- The Young Unicorns by Madeline L’Engle – Recommended by Angie and by my boss, who kindly lent me her copy.
- The Battle of Bubble and Squeak and A Finder’s Magic by Philippa Pearce – because I always need more Philippa Pearce in my life.
Naturally I don’t expect to get through this whole stack in the shortest month of the year, but it’s good to have plenty of options, right? If any of you feel inclined to peer-pressure me into prioritising certain titles, now’s the perfect time!