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Books are like old
friends. I enjoy their company anytime. I can turn to them in the midst of
troubling times and find comfort.
I have been thinking about the books that have shaped me into the person and writer I have become. I’m not talking about the Bible or self-help books. To me, the Bible is the ultimate life shaper. But no, I have been thinking
about fiction. Books I’ve read throughout my life.
When I carefully consider why I have such fond memories
of these books, I realize the joy I found in them went well beyond the story. If
you have been following my blog you know I have a goal to work on two books for
children this month. One book I first drafted as a teacher. The second I wrote
for my grandchildren.
Can I write a book children
will enjoy and treasure for a lifetime?
To help me answer that question I decided to look at a few
of my all time favorite children’s books. What was it that made me appreciate
them? What elements do they have in common? What made me want to read them over
and over until the covers were worn and falling apart?
Heidi Mine was the
Golden Book version. I loved the Swiss mountains, Grandfather, the goats. I
loved the way Heidi helped Clara walk again. And of course, I loved Peter. Even
as a child, I harbored the romantic notion that Peter and Heidi would grow up,
fall in love, and live happily ever after.
Nancy Drew I was a proud member of the Nancy Drew
Mystery club. I lived on a farm at the time. Each month a new book would arrive
in the mail. What a treat! I would change from my school clothes into my play
clothes, grab my book and climb into my favorite tree to read. I never
questioned why the books never came in a wrapping of any sort. Years later I
learned my mother, who reads everything would retrieve the book from the
mailbox and read it before I got home. Nancy Drew solved mysteries. She was a
confident teen character. I looked up to her. By the way, I read one those
books recently. I learned they were definitely written for a younger age group.
That’s okay. I still treasure memories of reading in that tree and trying to
figure out the ending.
The Monster at the End of this Book I didn’t read this book until I had children
of my own. I love the illustrations and the story line. Most of all, I loved
the surprise ending.
Ramona the PestThank you, Beverly Cleary for Ramona. I
read this aloud to first graders at the beginning of each school year. My
students could readily identify with five-year-old Ramona as she started
kindergarten. I wish it had more diversity, however.
Charlotte’s Web This is
another book I read to my students and enjoyed with my own children. It is a
book about friendship and loyalty. But I also used it to teach my students
about seasons, farm animals, and spiders. We ended the book in my classroom
with a “County Fair.” I like books that launch creativity and teach a little something along the way.
Here is what I know about the children’s books I love:
1.I like it when good wins out over evil.
2.I like twists and turns leading to a surprise
3.I like characters with whom I can identify.
Sometimes confident, often not.
4.I like books that help children learn something
without beating them over the head with it.
So can I do it? We shall see. I am working on both books.
Then I will need to learn the children’s book publishing world. Any ideas? Since my comment section isn't functioning, feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org NOTE: You will need to type the address in your email account. It is not a live link. :(