Episode 4 – Are You A Loser If You Still Read Kids’ Books? (Plus a FREE Customized Booklist)

Does children's literature have any value? Should adults even bother to read it? Jake Nuckolls believes so strongly in the value and power of kid lit that he started a free service to provide customized book recommendations to his friends–and anyone else on the web who manages to find his site. Click the image below to request a personalized book list!

In this episode Jake and I explore our mutual love of kid lit, discuss how we read aloud to our large families, and shamefully admit to some of the classics we never got around to reading.

Here is a list of books and authors that came up in our discussion. Enjoy!

Newberry Medal Winners
Caldecott Medal Winners
C.S. Lewis | The Chronicles of Narnia
J.R.R. Tolkien | The Lord of the Rings
J.R.R. Tolkien | The Hobbit
J.K. Rowling | Harry Potter series
N.D. Wilson | Leepike Ridge
N.D. Wilson | 100 Cupboards Trilogy
N.D. Wilson | Ashtown Burials Trilogy
N.D. Wilson | Boys of Blur
N.D. Wilson | Outlaws of Time
N.D. Wilson | Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl
N.D. Wilson | Death By Living
Kenneth Grahame | The Wind in the Willows
Kij Johnson | The River Bank
Jacqueline Kelly | Return to the Willows
William Horwood | The Willows in Winter
William Horwood | Toad Triumphant
William Horwood | The Willows and Beyond
William Horwood | The Willows at Christmas
Lloyd Alexander | Chronicles of Prydain
Dan Gemeinhart | Some Kind of Courage
Matthew J. Kirby | The Clockwork Three
Susan Cooper | The Dark Is Rising Sequence
Brian Jacques | Redwall
Roald Dahl | Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl | Danny, the Champion of the World
George MacDonald | The Princess and the Goblin
George MacDonald | At the Back of the North Wind
Andrew Peterson | The Wingfeather Saga
Kazu Kibuishi | Amulet series (graphic novel)
Royden Lepp | Rust series (graphic novel)
Matt Phelan | A Storm in the Barn
Matt Phelan | Around the World
Matt Phelan | Bluffton
Matt Phelan | Snow White
Eoin Colfer | Artemis Fowl series
L.M. Montgomery | Anne of Green Gables
John R. Erickson | Hank the Cowdog series
Steve Augarde | The Various
Richard Peck | A Long Way from Chicago
Richard Peck | A Year Down Yonder
Jean Lee Latham | Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
Kimberly Brubaker Bradley | The War that Saved My Life
Kimberly Brubaker Bradley | The War I Finally Won

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Thanks to LEVV and David Ramirez for the intro/outro music.