We have a nightly ritual at our house. I read to the kidlets before they go to sleep. We started with picture books and now I read them a chapter (or 2 or 3!) from a chapter book. This has been a wonderful way to re-discover all my old childhood favourites. Sometimes it drives me crazy, like when I had to read Maisy likes driving every night for a month, but most of the time it is lovely for all of us.
I love all of Astrid Lindgren’s work. I first read Pipi Longstockings books as a child, then the Children of the Noisy Village but because Ronia (her last book) was published when I thought I was too grown up for it I didn’t read it until now. This is her best book, well, to read as an adult anyway. The way she writes about fear and bravery, joy and sorrow (I’m sounding smalzy now but bear with me). She builds such sound characters that experience life so fully that they just zing. Also (as with all her books) the feminism isn’t try-hard, it just IS. I love that.
I’ve started putting together a list of kids books that I recommend you try reading. It’s growing every week so you can come back to it. Also if you have any favourites then leave a comment and I’ll try and find them at our library or bookshop.