Yep, I was forced to read these books as a kid also. Must be a rite of passage. A few I read on my own, but many of these were assigned reading. Check out this list from Time Magazine online to see if you had to read them too! And more importantly, will you make sure your kids read them too?!!
I can’t exactly remember how I discovered AudioBooks for Kids but I think they sent me an email a long, long time ago and now I am finally posting! While my kids are not using audio books to any degree, I do think they are a GREAT way to experience books and particularly good for reluctant readers who can follow along with the book. The issue for audio books is often technology. There are plenty of audio books at the library but who has a cassette tape player in their cars these days? I don’t. I don’t even have one in the house save for an ancient children’s toy that is part Karaoke Machine/Part Torture Machine due to said Karaoke Microphone. I pray that this toy has made it to the trash but I am too scared to check the playroom in the basement as it always looks like a tornado hit. Soooo… it’s great that THESE audio books come via iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android!
The American Library Association (ALA) has issued their annual list of the 10 most frequently challenged books from US libraries. There’s a number of the usual suspects on the list, and while I’m still flabbergasted that there are people out there who are so concerned about the content in these books that they are requesting that they be removed from libraries (To Kill a Mockingbird? Really?)
I am also amazed that The Catcher in the Rye isn’t a movie starring some young, hunky-but-sensitive, guy. But please don’t make it into a musical! For the full post, please click here to go to ModCloth’s blog.