As you know, most of MainStreet’s plays and musicals are adapted from a book. Summer’s 1/2 way over, and we thought we’d check to see what books you and your kids are reading this summer.
We’d love to know what you’re reading now, and what your favorite book is! Have any of our shows inspired you to pick up a book you didn’t already know? Is there a book that you’d love to see adapted for the stage?
If you haven’t read it, why not pick up a copy of Roald Dahl’s The Witches? To learn more about the person who wrote it, we also recommend Boy, Roald Dahl’s autobiographical account of his early years until he left school. In that book, we learned that just like the character “Boy” in The Witches, the real Roald Dahl spent all of his summer holidays visiting his grandparents in Norway.
Our January/February production of Oh Freedom!” The Story of the Underground Railroad, is not based on one book, but it includes stories about real-life people who were active in helping people escape slavery. Some books geared for children that might make great summer reading include The Caldecott Honor Book Moses:When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, by Carole Boston Weatherford, Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine, or Barefoot: Escape on the Underground Railroad by Pamela Duncan Edwards and Henry Cole.
For the little ones, if you aren’t already familiar with Leo Lionni’s Caldecott-winning Frederick, we recommend it highly – along with all of this author’s other wonderful books for the picture-book set.
Whatever you’re reading, we hope you’ll share with us, and continue to have a great summer!