Don’t be a cry baby because the National Year of Reading is almost over, its OK, you (and your children) can still keep reading! If you do feel like a good cry anyway, there are lots of childrens books which may bring tears to your eyes. (These are known as “onion effect” books). Remember, when you are reading, you might start crying because a book is so moving, so sad or because it is just so funny! You may even cry because you’ve finished a really good book and wanted to read more! Try reading some of the books listed below with your children, you might be surprised just how much you enjoy them too!
Before you get reading, check you have:
Someone to read with (just in case your eyes well up with tears and you can’t see properly to keep reading)
A book, of course! One that will make you cry, with sadness or laughter…
Sad Childrens Books
Nana upstairs and Nana downstairs, Written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
Charlottes Web by E.B. White
Just a dog by Michael Gerard Bauer
The Little Prince by Joann Sfar; Translated by Sarah Ardizzone
The velveteen rabbit by Margery Williams
The giving tree by Shel Silverstein
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
It doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom you know. The books listed below are so funny you’ll be crying with laughter!
Funny Childrens books
Captain Underpants series by Dave Pilkey
Round the twist series created by Paul Jennings
Lockie Leonard series by Tim Winton
Don’t call me Ishmael by Michael Gerard Bauer
Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney
Wayside school series by Louis Sachard
Do you have another favourite tear jerker you would like to add to the list? Tell us about it in the comments!
( By Children’s Library Staff in attendance at The National Year of Reading Unconference – Mission Impossible, 2012).