Top 100 Children’s Novels, sniff

The gajillion and one readers of Betsy Bird’s Fuse #8 blog have submitted their personal top ten lists and she is slowly releasing them as the Top 100 Children’s Novels in a series of mind-boggling elaborate posts.  Start here if you haven’t had the pleasure yet.

When she posts about one of the books she often quotes some of the submitters who go on about why they loved this or that book.  Nice touch.

Problem is, when I sent in my top ten I didn’t know about this.  I didn’t write much about the books on my list, just a few throwaway comments of justification and off it went into the intertubes.

Oh, silly me.

Yes, that’s me she’s quoting (right at the top of the post!) in reference to Katherine Paterson’s The Great Gilly Hopkins. Actually, Katherine Paterson has much to answer for. When I was in fifth grade my teacher read aloud both Gilly Hopkins AND Bridge to Terabithia. So the tears flowed freely that year.

It’s true. When I read Gilly out loud to my students, I’m always sniffly at the ending. It gets me every time.

Are there any books you read out loud, just knowing you’re going to cry? And you do it anyway?

One of the few things my fifth graders don’t get sassy about is how I get a little teary when I read Pink and Say. They get so into that one, and have so many questions when it’s over, they don’t have time to tease me about it.

It’s been a while since I read Charlotte’s Web out loud to a class, but that one does it too. I don’t read books that all of their classroom teachers read to them and since Charlotte is a favorite, I skip that one. I’m sure I’ll be blubbering away when I read it to my daughter one day soon. Oh, and don’t even get me started on Dobby the house elf

Jim Randolph

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Posted on March 12, 2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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