“The great subversive works of children’s literature suggest that there are other views of human life besides those of the shopping mall and the corporation. They mock current assumptions and express the imaginative, unconventional, non-commercial view of the world in its simplest and purest form. They appeal to the imaginative, questioning, rebellious child within all of us, renew our instinctive energy, and act as a force for change.” ― Alison Lurie,
My husband and I have decided to start a Classic Children’s Literature Book Club for adults. We were inspired by the idea that imagination and creativity are important keys to consider if one desires to lead a fulfilled and generous life. We’ve found that for many adults (ourselves included) life has quickly become a quest to acquire knowledge, follow the rules, and play it safe. But we’re being awakened to a different way. A way that lifts up a little child and asks us to consider his teaching. A way filled with wonder and beauty. A way that’s unpredictable, uncontrollable, radical, and even subversive.
When exploring which books would be on our Book List for the next 6 months, we had to narrow down our choices from at least 12-15 of our favourite considerations. This wasn’t an easy task. But it was a fun one! Truthfully I have yet to read any of the books on our list. However, I was introduced to revised picture book versions of some of these beloved stories as a child. And I have of course seen some of the classic motion pictures.
Over the next 6 months our plan is to host a monthly themed dinner & discussion at our house beginning at the end of this month. This will be a relaxed and fun environment to get to know one another and share our thoughts about the books we’re reading. I will blog about our experience together in hopes of inspiring others in their creative pursuits.
September: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
“Why did you do all this for me?’ he asked. ‘I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.’ ‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.”
― E.B. White,
October: The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
“If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with.”
― L. Frank Baum,
November: Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
“I’ll teach you how to jump on the wind’s back, and then away we go.”
― J.M. Barrie,
December: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
January: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry,
“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland
I can’t wait to start in on Charlotte’s Web. Ian and I are going to take turns reading the book to each other this month. Mainly because it’s a shorter book and we thought it might be a fun way to begin. This group is great for men, women, and couples. Message me if you would like more details. Happy Reading!