Today, our youngest was buying a new Peg Kehret book (Terror at the Zoo) and it hit me! These are the books that she will more than likely have on her shelf when her children begin reading books.
I cherish those childhood books that have made it with me all the way through 40 years of living. They work as a time machine that nearly effortlessly transports me to my childhood.
Because it has me thinking about it, I decided to sit in our book room this evening and find at least a few of the books that I have brought along into middle age. Here’s the shortlist:
– The Wizard of Oz
– Bigfoot Pass
– The Time Machine
– Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
– Bridge to Terabithia
– The Night the Monster Came
– The Biggest Bear
– The Boy Who Saw Bigfoot
– The Large and Growly Bear
– Proverbs for Graduates
– The Lord Is…
– Ship of State on a Sea of Oil
– The Jim Thorpe Story
– Out of the Silent Planet
– The Devil and Daniel Webster
– Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door
– “Stand Back,” Said the Elephant, “I’m Going to Sneeze!”
– Where the Wild Things Are
And that’s not all! There are at least forty titles in the Little Golden Book series and five in the Choose Your Own Adventure series.
I look at all these books and wonder which my grandchildren will implore me to give them. Which will they borrow or sneak away in their backpacks? Which will they carry into their adulthood?