I feel like we are getting two different lists in this thread. Lists to be read aloud to children and lists for children to read to self. Or are we expecting all these to be read by children?
I can't see a 5th grader reading Les Mis. A 7th grader reading Paradise Lost is also quite a challenge, no? I don't mean to point the finger at individual replies and I don't intend my tone to be snooty. I am genuinely curious if many children are reading at such an advanced level that they can truly appreciate these books so young. Or are we talking abridged classics?
I also wonder if the parent