Decades Challenge

One more challenge for me in 2008! I've tried to resist joining in with this one but I can hold out no longer. Michelle over at 3M is hosting the decades challenge. The rules are simple: read 8 books published in consecutive years prior to the 2000s.

I'm adding a little twist to my list of books. These are books that I intend to read-aloud to my 7yo (turning 8yo) in 2008. So, without further ado, here is my list, which I reserve the right to change at any time ;-) I am still searching for a 1940s title suitable for a 7/8 yo. I'd love to hear any suggestions you may have.

1900s - Five Children and It by E. Nesbit (1902)
1910s - Peter Pan by JM Barrie (1911)
1920s - The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting (1922)
1930s - Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater (1938)
1940s - Comet in Moominland by Tove Jansson (1946)
1950s - The Borrowers by Mary Norton (1952)
1960s - James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (1968)
1970s - The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Edwards (1974)
1980s - The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks (1980)

(edited to add): I finally came up with a 1940s book!


  1. For the 1940's, I'm going to read Call It Courage (Sperry) which is a Newbery Winner. It might be worth looking into. ???

  2. Thanks for the suggestion Joy. I'm thinking Call It Courage is going to be a bit over my 7/8 yo's head. I read it to my older son when he was about 10/11 but I don't really remember it very well.

  3. Welcome to the challenge!!!

    I have a suggestion:

    My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett. It was published in 1948. I read it and the two sequels to my boys when they were about that age. I loved the stories myself!

    Here's the wikipedia article about it :'s_Dragon

  4. 3m, That is a fabulous suggestion, but we read the My Father's Dragon trilogy last year. They were a big hit. I love the first one especially and wish she had written many more books.


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