Young Charles Dickens

#NYCCTReads Charles Dickens: David Copperfield

Reading with kids is not only fun, it’s important! According to a study by the National Commission on Reading, “the single most significant factor influencing a child’s early education success is being read to at home prior to beginning school.”

David Copperfield  is the story of a young man’s adventures on his journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful author.

“My meaning simply is, that whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do well; that whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself to completely; that in great aims and in small, I have always been thoroughly in earnest.” – David Copperfield

This is Charles Dickens’s eighth novel.  The novel was first published in 19 monthly installments from 1849-1850 before being published as a book in 1850. This book was Charles Dickens’s favorite of his own work, writing “like many fond parents, I have in my heart of hearts a favourite child. And his name is David Copperfield.” The full name of the novel is The Personal History, Adventures, Experience and Observation of David Copperfield the Younger of Blunderstone Rookery (Which He Never Meant to Publish on Any Account).

The song If You Please in Young Charles Dickens features David Copperfield and his aunt Betsy!

We highly recommend checking out this book. After you read it, download the #NYCCTReads Activity Sheet and talk about the book together!

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The modern holiday classic returns this winter at Theatre Row!

Before he became a famous writer, Charles Dickens was a typical 12-year-old boy with a gift for telling stories. Based on the book A Boy Called Dickens by Deborah Hopkinson, Young Charles Dickens is the true story of how one of the most famous writers of all time found his calling.


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