Ten books that are vaguely on our to read at some point aloud list that I looked for on Kindle that were not available. I usually rely on library books, but with our trip coming, I wanted to fill up my Kindle for read aloud options.
1. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
2. The Great Brain by John Fitzgerald
3. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
4. Then There Were Five by Elizabeth Enright
5. The Witches by Roald Dahl
6. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
7. Homer Price by Robert McKloskey
8. Tales from Moominvalley by Tove Jansson
9. Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
10. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
Some of them I realized I knew about (oh yeah, that’s what Pottermore is going to sell) and others are slightly forgotten (I guess there’s not much love for the Melendys or the works of Elizabeth Enright these days or for the Moomins, sadly). But others of these are Newbery winners and works by authors that are still selling quite well. I mean, can you believe that none of Roald Dahl’s or Laura Ingalls Wilder’s works are on Kindle?!? Or that classics like Pippi or Homer Price aren’t? Or that Gail Carson Levine’s most famous work, one that was made into a popular movie, even if it was awhile ago, can’t be read on e-book?
Oh well. I guess I’ve gotten too spoiled by our instant gratification, all digital age. On the bright side, here’s a nice list of free classics from Satori Smiles you can get on your e-reader. It includes lots of suggestions that led me to realizing that you can find most all of E. Nesbit, George MacDonald, Andrew Lang, L. Frank Baum, Frances Hodgson Burnett and other great old authors. So we may not have gotten The Great Brain (rats! that’s the one I wanted to read next most!) but at least we got the next Oz book for nothing.