Twaddle-Free Books for Preschoolers: Tsh's Top 10 Favorites
a book list by Tsh Oxenreider, author of SimpleMom, a blog for home managers
C. S. Lewis once said, “No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally worth reading at the age of fifty.” In other words, if a grown adult can’t stomach a children’s book, why should a child be expected to? I think I agree with his words.
Charlotte Mason was a pioneer in children’s education during the 19th century, and her ideas have led to one of the primary methods of homeschooling. She also coined the term “twaddle.”
Twaddle: Dumbed-down literature; absence of meaning.
Homeschooling or not, I believe children (and adults, really) should invest their time in living books, and not waste time on twaddle. And quite frankly, there’s a lot of twaddle out there in the world of children’s literature.
My children are very young, so I’m up to my elbows in early childhood literature. Here are my top 10 favorite preschool-age books, in random order, and all twaddle-free.
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About Tsh Oxenreider
Tsh Oxenreider is a writer, a graphic designer, a wife and mama, and a home manager extraordinaire. Her far-off fantasy is to take a cooking class from Ina Garten and build an eco-home from scratch with her hubby. In the meantime, she'll settle for making some killer brownies and doing her best to frugally decorate her high-rise urban apartment. You can find Tsh writing about life hacks for home managers on her blog, Simple Mom.
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