OK, so I’m back home for a couple of weeks, and I want to spend some time with my sister. She’s still in school, so we don’t get to see each other for most the day. However, she likes to be read to before she goes to bed, so I’ve taken over this duty from my parents. I’m casting around currently for some good stuff to read to her. I’d prefer things which I can get through in a single sitting, so at the moment I’m mostly reading her poetry at the moment, but short-enough stories would also be good.
-Quite mature for her age; nothing to do with sex (unless it’s subtextual that she wouldn’t get), but most other things like violence/mature emotional situations are ok.
-Nothing too scary; this is just before bedtime, after all!
-Pretty tom-boyish; she likes the First World War poetry I’ve been reading her, but she seems to prefer the less overtly testosterone-laced ones. “There Will Come Soft Rains” by Sarah Teasdale was a favourite.
Above all, I’m looking for things which sound good when read aloud. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, either of books of poetry/short stories, particular writers or individual poems. (Btw, so far I’ve been reading her First World War stuff and Now We Are Sick, edited by Neil Gaiman- although leaving out the worst parts).