FAVORITE CHILDREN'S BOOKS
If I have kids, these are some books from my own childhood that I'll share with them. Inspired by @iszy's wonderful list of books she'll share with her daughter: BOOKS THAT I WILL GIVE MY DAUGHTER, IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
- •The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery WilliamsA stuffed rabbit's journey to become a real rabbit. "Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand." This book can still teach me things today (and make me tear up). May also give one a tendency for anthropomorphism....
- •The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf and Robert LawsonFerdinand is a softy and while the other bull children like to stomp around and rough house and show off how tough they are, Ferdinand enjoys spending time in nature among the flowers. A run-in with a bee sends him on a path to the bull ring. Hilarious story. Fun fact: Hitler ordered the book to be burned.
- •A Light in the Attic by Shel SilversteinThis is probably my favorite collection of Silverstein's poems (and drawings), or was at least the first of his works that sprang to mind. Put Something In is one of my favorite poems, partly for the line "sing a mumble-gumble song."
- •Miss Rumphius by Barbara CooneyLittle Alice, raised by her Grandfather, grows up and takes his advice to heart. She becomes a librarian, travels the world, and when she is older? She must "do something to make the world a more beautiful place." So she plants lupines everywhere, and then instructs her niece to find a way to make the world a beautiful place in her own way once she is grown. After reading this book to/with me, my mom @lynndawson planted lupines in our yard; I'd love for her to do this with grand kids.
- •The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. LewisProbably the most important books of my childhood. 💯💗
- •Madeline by Ludwig BemelmansMy first taste of France 💗
- •The Lost Princess by George MacDonaldA fairy tale about two girls and the trials they are put through that uniquely match/address their individual faults, with different outcomes for each. Serious, but enchanting.
- •Corduroy by Don FreemanCorduroy just wants to be loved and is afraid no one will want to buy him without his missing button. Clearly had a soft spot for stuffed animals in need of some cuddling.
- •Oh, the Places You'll Go! By Dr. SeussLoved Dr. Seuss as a child and this book is still relevant for adults. One of the best valedictorian speeches I have ever heard/seen was when a girl read this book on stage, cover to cover.
- •Ok, there's a book I don't remember the title or author of. I barely remember the story. What I do remember is how much I loved it and what it looked like. Hoping someone here will know it:In terms of shape and color, it had (I believe) a picture of a tree(house) on the front. Colors were mainly blue, green, and yellow. Our hardback version was tall and narrow, for lack of a better description. The book came with a little cutout mouse who could be moved page to page through little slots.