When my children were young, I read them books like Charlotte’s Web and Treasure Island. Books that were favorites from my childhood, but ones they were too young to read on their own. They loved these books and my youngest daughter, even to this day, lists Charlotte’s Web as one of her favorite books.
Ian Fleming’s (yes, that Ian Fleming) children’s book Chitty Chitty Bang Bang came out in 1964 and was made into a movie starring Dick Van Dyke in 1968. The Fleming family asked British author Frank Cottrell Boyce to write a sequel. This morning, on NPR Weekend Edition Saturday, Scott Simon interviewed Mr. Boyce about his new book (to be published on March 13th) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again. You can listen to the interview here and read an excerpt. This might be just the adventure to read to your kids.