Monday, October 10, 2011

31 Days of Library Living {Day 10}: The Magical World of Disney Lives at the Library

Every Sunday evening, my six-year-old world irresistibly transformed from reality to fantasy as I sat in front of our color television and watched The Wonderful World of Disney. A few years later, our parents surprised my brother and I with a trip to Disneyland. For four days, I believed my feet were joyfully planted in the Happiest Place on Earth. We are looking forward to sharing this marvelous place with our children soon, but not before we tap into the real beauty of Disney World: classic literature.

Walt Disney knew a secret I want to share with you: reading the classics is magical. He took some of the greatest novels ever written and made them into animated worlds of wonder. And they are all available at your local library in many magnetic medias. 

Retell the tales of Pooh, listen to Kenny Loggins and whip up some breakfast bliss.

When we discovered the Easy Reader Classics at the library, I smiled for days on end. The Jungle Book movie rocks - and the classic novel is a fantastic read aloud. You'll want to pick up another Kipling Classic, Kim.
Rudyard Kipling's Kim

Hilarious Dave Barry writes fantastic fiction for children, all based on the classic story of Peter Pan. Jane Yolen's bio on Barrie is terrific. 

What makes Disney World so enchanting? It's rooted in literature. 

Many of our family-favorite moments are inspired by Mark Twain. Graphic novels, Easy Reader Classics and those smoochie veggies really float my boat. I know. I'm a ducky mo-mo. 

Robert Louis Stevenson inspires, and if you heart his Treasure Island, don't miss The Big Book of Adventure - it has condensed classics that make for perfect bedtime beauty.  

Planning a trip to Disney soon? Pick up any of these great reads, music and movies at your library. The Walt Disney biography is priceless - my fave as a read aloud. They all are. Are you tired of everything being my fave? I'm not.

His quote below reminds me of what reading aloud to my children creates nightly in our home. We are transported to another world without leaving our living room. 

Reading is meaningful beauty. It brings comfort, connection and creativity. Your library card is your ticket to ride - where will you go today?

This series, 31 Days of Library Living, started here. Please join me for the month, maybe even follow me forever on this blog by email or subscribe to my posts - I would be honored. Are you a 31 Dayer? Leave me a message, I would love to come visit you. 

For a list of all of the 31 Dayers, click here.
For the girl behind all of the 31 Days magic, click here.

xoxo Michele