Yesterday, I began listening to Lucky Breaks, by Susan Patron. My immediate thought was, “Here’s a sequel that’s even better than the original,” but that’s after only a few chapters, so it’s premature. My subsequent thought was more accurate: “Here’s a great middle grade voice.” On the heels of that came this: “I would have liked the Lucky books when I was a kid.” At least, that’s what adult me thinks.
As I’ve said before, I wasn’t much of a reader as a kid, but I remember the thrill of discovering the Ramona books, by Beverly Cleary, and Pippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lindgren. If I had to read, at least there were some books I could enjoy.
Nowadays, the book choices for kids are seemingly infinite, and they still include Ramona and Pippi. I really think there’s something for everyone; the trick is finding the right books, but between librarians, teachers, blogs, and the handy-dandy “other people also bought these books” recommendations on Amazon, even that is less tricky now than when I was a kid.
I also saw that there will soon be a new Dr. Seuss book: The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories. It’s a collection of seven stories originally published in magazines in 1950 and 1951. It’s to be released on Sept. 27, 2011. Dr. Seuss was another of my favorites as a kid. In fact, I’d say Dr. Seuss taught me to read.
Who were your favorite authors and characters as a kid? And what are your kids’ favorite books today?
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