As an elementary school teacher, I come across children's lit on a daily basis. I love seeing my students' faces light up with a good story or explode into laughter when authors pen in some humor. Although I have many adult favs, reading some of their favs made me a bit nostalgic. There are countless books that hold a special place in my heart and will always bring a smile to my face. Here are few honorable mentions :
This is probably one of the first books I remember reading. We had this in our home growing up and I probably read it aloud 3 times a day. I prided myself on being such an eloquent reader with varying character voices & wanted everyone to know ;) lol
Lean in... a little bit more...ok, right there... I LOOOVE this book. Maybe it's the emo side of me, but this book makes cry, smile, furrow my brow, smile & then smile some more. I remember reading it as a kid, however when I picked it up again 4 years ago, it took on whole different interpretation for me. There's a lot of controversy on the meaning of this book. My view--I see it as a story of unconditional love. I think it shows the power of words and how you don't need complex words to tell a complex story.
[Disclaimer: I don't believe in loving to the point of extinguishing yourself, but you guys catch my drift lol]
I vividly remember reading this book for the first time in 3rd grade. As a young West African gal, this was one of the first books I read that I felt truly reflected me. Fast forward two decades plus a couple of feet in height, and the meaning of the book proved to be even more beautiful than I remember. A story about 2 sisters and the importance of being kind.
Ok seriously. Who DIDN'T read Judy Blume? Don't worry, I'll wait... Exactly! This was the first chapter book I remember reading and was the timely coming of age story I needed. Anyone remember the "I must, I must, I must... I must increase my bust" chant? LOL!!!! I did it in real life. Don't judge me. I was in 4th grade hahaha #goodtimes
Do you guys remember these books?! I used to blaze through each one! I loved reading about each girl in different time periods and places. Such a classic :)
This list wouldn't complete without the 1997 phenomenon that was Harry Potter! I'm not even sure if this is considered old enough to some but I loved this book. Now having African parents, my dad
forbade was a little hesitant to let me read a book about sorcery (if your parents are from another country, you may understand the struggle lol). But alas, I snuck and read it while at school. I promise I was a good girl ...I just loved books! lol
Which books do you still treasure in your chibrary?
(get it? children's library lol)