Favourite Thing #6: Children’s Books

We’re going back to my childhood again. I mentioned in my other post how much I loved to read as a kid. I’m grateful for the teachers in my life who fed my love for books, and allowed us as kids to read as much as we wanted. I remember in Grade 1 and 2, we would have story-time for our English class. In Grade 3 and 4, all the classes had a Bookworm Contest. I forget the real name, but what would happen was that we could take out books from the library, read them and then do a short summary on them. The teacher would then stick a worm on the wall for each book read. The aim was for the entire class to make a line of worms that circled the entire room, and the first class to do that would win. We never did win, but it was fun spending time reading lots of books.

During that time, that’s when I connected with certain stories that I would think of now and say, “I want to share all these with my children”.  Stories that fired up my young imagination, and even let me thrive in my Creative Writing classes. I think it was my love for reading and writing that my Grade 4 teacher noticed and took time to nurture. I am still grateful to this day. I wonder if he has seen my blog… I’m sure he’d be so proud.

So here are a few of the books that made up my childhood. I’m not putting up Dr. Seuss, but know he had such great books, and I read The Cat in The Hat with my son often.

The Phantom Tollbooth

I’ll always love this book, even in my old(er) age. It’s a very punny book, and the reason it excited me so much was because I understood the puns! Even when I got it for my niece, I read it before she even got a chance…

Bridge to Terabithia

An amazing, and truly depressing book. It does teach you that life as a kid is not always rosy; there are real-life issues you sometimes have to deal with. It helped me process my uncle’s death when I was older, and see that sadness comes at whatever age you are.

Goodnight Moon

This was one of the earliest books we had for story time. I love this book so much. I can’t put my finger on why I love it so fiercely. It’s a simple but beautiful book and I enjoyed reading it to my son… sometimes 3 to 4 times in a row!

Where the Wild Things Are

I honestly don’t remember the story. I remember the bright colours and the huge monsters. Story time was so much fun.

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret

This book… was rather scandalous! It talked about puberty and periods and all that we were about to go through and somehow weren’t supposed to know. It was a good teacher, and showed us the awkwardness of puberty.

Jumanji

I remember this book vividly because the story took me by surprise. I think my teacher read it in two parts for story time. I was so upset because I wanted to know what was going to happen next!

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Eighteen Flavours! My favourite poem ever. We even did an impromptu reading with my friends during class (and we got into trouble for talking in class).

Of course there were others like Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley everything, The Babysitters’ Club and Goosebumps (that dummy was frightening!).

What were your favourite books as children? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time… your Quarter Wife.


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