I have this daughter and she reads. All good. And I thought I knew what she reads--Big fan of Geronimo Stilton and Goosebumps Horrorland. Not a big fan (at all) of what I term girl books. You know the ones clearly targeted at girls with girls on the cover and back cover copy centered on baby sitting or friends doing you wrong?
Her genre is clearly fantasy--with an occasional animal book tossed in the mix. Although all of her favorites (Anything by Kate Dicamillo) are most definitely fantasy.
See, I know my daughter and I know what she reads. I do!! But then I discovered she had been stepping out on me. Reading books I didn't know about by authors I read. First it was Flush by Carl Hiaasen. I read Hiaasen--not rabidly, but I do and I like him. And it had occurred to me I might want to read his kids' books. This discovery (that she had already read Flush) was unsettling, but I went on.
Then Coraline, the movie, came out. Let's just get this clear. I am a BIG Neil Gaiman fan--BIG. One of the few things he has written that I haven't read is Coraline. (I am coveting The Graveyard Book as we speak.) Casual discussion came up about the movie. The husband said he would take the girl, because I was freaked out by the whole buttons for eyes thing. I thought, great, we will introduce her to Neil Gaiman. It's a good thing. Then the husband dropped the bomb. She had already read Coraline BEHIND MY BACK! How could she do this? Flush OK, I mean I like Hiaasen, but I don't stalk him. But GAIMAN? How could she possibly have read Neil Gaiman and not told me, her mother?
It shook my world. I'm an author. Isn't it my job...no my right to introduce her to the great ones? How could she go about behind my back finding them on her own, setting up her own little reading life without even telling me?
I'm still shaken--but now, I'm watching. Connie Willis comes out with a kids' book and I am there! In fact maybe ten isn't too young for the Doomsday Book...it is obvious I need to get a jump on things here.
So, how about you? What books have you introduced the younger set to? And how did you find your favorite books when you were a kid? Did you stumble upon them or did some fabulous wonderful person (mother) help you?
AND follow-up to last week: The winner of the slightly damaged copy of Love is All You Need is...The non-blob-intimidted MarthaE! Congrats, Martha! Email me your snail mail address at lori(at)loridevoti.com