Coming Soon: Classic Children’s Lit Event, 5


I’ve been more absent from here lately than I’d like–it seems like February is just a month that I don’t get along with. But now it’s March, the sun is shinning (and it’s supposed to be half-way warm this week!), and that means the 5th edition of the Classic Children’s Literature Event is just around the corner: April–less than a month away! I can’t believe this is the 5th year.


As in years past, I will be reading an optional readalong title. I really waffled over what to pick this year, but finally opted for one of the runners up from last year’s poll: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It’s been many, many years since I last/first read this–I believe in fourth grade, so I don’t remember it all that well other than that’s is odd, something that must surely appeal to many, as evidenced by the recent movie adaptations (confession: I haven’t actually seen them). Although I have an illustrated version that also contains Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, I decided to pick up The Annotated Alice from the library. Still a coin toss as to which book I’ll read from.

Event Basics

  • During the month of April, read as many Children’s Classics as you wish and post about them on your blog and/or leave a comment on the event page on this blog. I will have a link page starting the first of April to gather posts so that we may share as we go.
  • The optional RAL title: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. (Optional: also read Through the Looking-Glass. I’m guessing I won’t get through both.) I plan on discussion the weekend of April 21-23.
  • I’m not going to be the “children’s classics” police. Use your own judgement for what fits the category but if you want some guidelines, these are what I’m going by:
    • I think many of us have read more recent children’s books that we may already deem “classics” (for example, many people feel that way about the Harry Potter books), but for this event, I’d prefer if we read books that were written prior to 1967. This will still allow a lot of options, and will hopefully avoid the “but what is a classic” dilemma! (And yes, 1967 is rather arbitrary. Rebel if you wish, but 50 years old seems a good age.)
    • Defining “children’s,” especially prior to 1900 or so can be a challenge as some books we think of as “children’s” today may not have been intended that way at the time. Personally, I’d say books appropriate for approximately an elementary-school aged child or preteen (to read or to have read to them) should be fine. I’d personally also count the various fairy tales, even though some of the earliest versions were not exactly family friendly.
    • Feel free to include books from any country, in translation or not. I have limited exposure to non-American children’s lit, so I’d love to learn about books from other countries myself.
    • Feel free to double up with other events or challenges if you wish.
  • And if you need ideas I posted
  • There is no deadline for joining or participating (other than, of course, the end of April).

Most important: Have fun!

Please let me–and other participants–know in the comments of this post if you are interested in participating, and let me know if you have any questions. Also, please feel free to use any of the event/RAL images on your own blogs.

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Happy reading!


Image sources: The event logo illustration is “Merry Christmas” from The Way to Wonderland (1917, Mary Stewart), illustrated  by Jessie Wilcox Smith (1863-1935). The RAL logo illustration is from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865, Lewis Carroll), 1907 edition illustrated by Arthur Rackham (1867-1939).

25 thoughts on “Coming Soon: Classic Children’s Lit Event, 5”

    1. I know, I couldn’t believe it either. Please do join in, I’d be happy to have you–you always seem to find so many good titles I’m not familiar with.

  1. I’m so excited to start. I was looking through my children’s literature to loan some to a friend yesterday, so I’ve already discovered some books I want to revisit. I was meaning to post some suggestions in your other post, but I’m glad you chose Alice in Wonderland. It’s been awhile since I’ve read it and it’s such a fun read. I’m looking forward to April! 🙂

    1. Yay! I’m so glad you’re happy about Alice and that you’re excited for April. What, may I ask, were you thinking of suggesting?

        1. Bunches of books I’m not familiar with! Cleo, I think you must know a lot more children’s books than I do! I look forward to whatever you choose to read. I still need to wander over to your post, too.

    1. Great, happy to have you! Charlotte’s Web is perfect for this event. It’s been such a long time since I read that one…one of these days I’ll have to revisit.

  2. I’d like to participate in this! I’m not sure what I’m going to read yet though – I’ll have to think about it.

  3. I would like to participate! I already had 101 Dalmatians on my to read list and I haven’t read the Alice books in ages; they’d be great to reread! This will be fun!

    1. Welcome, Faith! I’ve never read 101 Dalmatians and, I must confess, I don’t really know much about the actual book, so I look forward to learning more.

  4. How lovely! I haven’t participated for the last couple of years, but want to get back in the habit! Here’s my intro post, and I’m planning to read The Secret Garden and most likely will read the Alice books, along with whatever else I happen to find in my rummaging through boxes at home and rifling through library shelves.

    Thanks for hosting this ever year, by the way. It truly is a lovely event.

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