[twitter]Let’s be real. Children’s books can suck.
My 5 year old is a little slow on the uptake when it comes to reading on his own, so that means we’re the ones that are still flipping the pages and reading aloud to him. We’re picking up the pace on visiting the library more often, but there is still a line I will draw on many bedtime books.
I would rather take my friend’s daughter and 9 of her friends to a Twilight marathon than have to read Robert Munsch‘s Love You Forever before bed time. It may be the 4th best selling children’s book of all time, but the creepy way the mother spies through the window gives me the chills.
There are dozens of others that I flip through at the library, get four pages in at nighttime and then just start ad libbing because the story is so terrible.
There is, however, an author I will gladly engage an “again” wish from kids every time they ask; Oliver Jeffers.