Through the months of October and November, the Kansas City Public Library in partnership with Mid-continent Public Library is leading the Great City / Great Read initiative. In the first incarnation of this program, we are encouraging everyone in the region to revisit Lewis Carroll's 1865 classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Besides the wide variety of free programs, films, events, book discussions, and art exhibits highlighting the clever and off the wall themes of Alice, the library (of course!) wants everybody to read the book!
But what happens when you've finished Alice? What's next???
Here are some titles to satisfy your itch for tales of magical whimsy, parallel worlds, and the just plain unusual!
Why not start with the classics...
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Knee-Knock Rise by Natalie Babbitt
Half Magic by Edward Eager
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engel
Five Children and It by Edith Nesbit
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Then move on to something a little more contemporary...
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente
Wildwood by Colin Meloy
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Falling In by Frances O'Roark Dowell
The Game of Sunken Places by M.T. Anderson
Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
About the Author
Rachel Helm is an artist, reader, and home repair enthusiast. She has traveled extensively on Nevada State Route 375 "the Extraterrestrial Highway", but can currently be found hard at work in the Central Library Youth Services department.