I get to talk about Children’s Books? HELL YES. I’ve always been a huge bookworm, and all my best reading memories come from my childhood. I remember how I used to spend most of my lunch break at the library, reading a bunch of Amelia Bedelia and Goosebumps books. Gah. Really miss those times.
The Witches by Roald Dahl
I picked this one up at a school book fair because I liked the title. Come on, who wouldn’t want to read a book called The Witches? Unlike a lot of people though, Roald Dahl books weren’t a huge part of my childhood. In fact, this was the only Roald Dahl book I’ve ever read. It’s simple and yet extremely entertaining. Plus the illustrations are super cute!
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
I adored Artemis Fowl when I was a kid. How can a 12-year-old be so cunning and clever? 12-year-old me was hella dumb. Maybe that was why I loved this. Young me was probably amazed that a kid my age could do all these amazing things that I could only dream of doing. Artemis’ character development was pretty amazing, too! I remember young me just being so relieved when he actually began to show some compassion.
FableHaven by Brandon Mull
I have nothing but good memories of this book. Kendra and Seth goes off to spend their summer at their grandfather’s house, only to find it’s actually a secret haven for fairytale creatures. I think what drew me most to this book was the world and the mythology. They were just so, so enthralling to me. Of course, the characters were pretty cool as well! This was the book that made me realize I had a thing for cunning characters (a.k.a. Muriel), as well as ones that end in tragedy (a.k.a. Lena).
A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Okay, so I had to read this for a book report back when I was in Middle School. Meg Murry is good at math, is described as plain, and has glasses. She doesn’t fit in with the others. This was the first book I’ve ever read that featured such a protagonist. I had trouble fitting in as well, and this book really helped me get through tough times. It taught me that being true to myself is what’s most important, that being different isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and that ordinary people can also do extraordinary things.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
A book of all ages, one that resonates deeply with children and adults alike. I pretty much consider The Little Prince to be my “first official book.” Prior to this, all I read were fairytale collections and those super short children’s stories. This book is super important to me always, always have a special place in my heart. This was the book that allowed me to dream, to discover, and to learn.
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