Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Classics Club

I love modern children's literature. I try to keep up with the popular books my students are reading. But I have a major book gap when it comes to the classics. They just seem so old and crusty and boring.

But I got to thinking that maybe some of these classics would be worth reading.

That's when I discovered The Classics Club, a group of people reading and blogging about classic books. When I joined last year, there were about 300 readers involved. I'm sure there is more now.

Here are the basics:
  • Choose 50+ classics
  • List them at your blog
  • Choose a reading completion goal date up to five years in the future and note that date on your classics list of 50+ titles
  • E-mail the moderators ( with your list link and information and it will be posted on the Members Page
  • Write about each title on your list as you finish reading it, and link it to your main list
My plan was to read one book per month, finishing in 4 years. So far I have read 10 books in 13 months. Not too bad, I guess.

My personal definition of a "children's classic" was a bit loose. I pulled a lot of my titles from School Library Journals' list of the Top 100 Children's Novels. Therefore it includes a few modern titles like Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Because of Winn-Dixie. It also includes some poetry and nonfiction.

I love that The Classics Club allows you to define "classics" on your own, and that the list can be edited as you want. Check it out, join us, it's fun!

This post is part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge.


  1. That's definitely a worthy goal. I've tried to read some of the old classics lately and its a struggle. I mean, it's neat to see how they used to think and speak, but, they really rambled. LOL!!! I'm a product of an impatient era.

    1. I agree that some of them are real struggles. So far I had a lot of trouble with The Wolves of Willoughby Chase and It's Like This, Cat. Overall, though, I've mostly discovered classics that were pretty great.

  2. i love this idea! i will have to check it out! my MG fantasy comes out in June, but i would like to know what kids enjoy from the classics as well. glad i stopped by!
    happy c day!

    1. You should! And thanks for stopping by, I hopped over to your site and signed up to Blog Hop for Broken Branch Falls. Looks like it will be really fun!

  3. When I first got my Kindle, i was on fire to download a slew of Classics. Some of them read quite fast, others are more of a slog. Anna Karenina, for example, has lots of what we now call "head-hopping"--the point of view shifts over and over in the same scene.

    As far as kids' classics, the Newberry list is a good place to start. I've read aloud to my daughter great ones from the 1960s--The Egypt Game and A String in the Harp were recent faves.

    Happy A-Zing
    Laurel's Leaves

    1. Oooo I love the Egypt Game! I agree that the Newberry list has some great classics on it, but quite a few never really struck it big for children.

  4. I read a lot of classic literature. I enjoy its window into the past. I"m geeky that way. :) Untethered Realms

    1. You're better than me, then! The Classics Club is definitely helping me appreciate (and even enjoy) the classics, but I'm still not a diehard fan, yet.