What makes a classic? Could it be when over 100 million copies of the books have been sold? Is it when a book has been translated into over 47 languages? Maybe it’s when a book has been in continuous publication since 1950? The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis ticks all of those boxes, but readers who love the Narnia series know that there is so much that makes these books classic reads. Narnia is a world that every child can visualize and see themselves in. It’s the precursor to J.K. Rowling’s magical world of Muggles and Hogwarts (which Trevor is reading about now!), and it’s a world that existed before Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. The characters are at once identifiable and relatable, but also exciting and completely fantastical. We want to fight alongside Prince Caspian and journey to see the Great Lion, Aslan, who speaks to children as if he were human.
So why bring up The Chronicles now? With the release of the latest movie in the series, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, there’s never been a better time to start reading (or begin rereading!) The Chronicles of Narnia. Start The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as a good-night read-aloud—that’s how I first “read” it! Or read it along with your class and discuss the big issues in the book as a fun classroom activity. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!
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