It all started with a question on an information sheet a publishing house asked me to complete. What was my favorite children’s book?
To a voracious reader, that is just not a fair question. You would think they would know that. I have had so many favorites over the years, my mind went completely blank. So I asked my Facebook friends: What’s your favorite childhood book?
I guess a love of reading extends far beyond writers. After all, what is a writer without a plethora of readers? “Must I choose only one?” several asked.
Others wanted to know: young children’s books or chapter books? They didn’t ask about middle reader books. But the answers that poured forth were a walk down memory lane. Space does not permit me to list all of the wonderful titles I got but here’s a sample from my Facebook friends:
The Monster at the End of This Book
Where The Wild Things Are
This Nest Is Best
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
The Little Engine That Could
James and the Giant Peach
The Velveteen Rabbit
I’ll Love You Forever
I did a little research on the web. What are considered the top 100 classic children’s books? Here’s a list according to Time Inc. I’ll list the top ten:
#1: Where The Wild Things Are (I never understood this book but evidently plenty of others do.)
#2: The Snowy Day
#3: Goodnight Moon
#4: Blueberries for Sal
#5: Little Bear
#6: Owl Moon
#7: The Giving Tree (Ah! One of my top five!)
#8: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
#10: Where the Sidewalk Ends
Sigh. I’m disappointed. My favorite didn’t make it into the top ten. Maybe another list. Maybe further down the list. I didn’t check.
I know you are thinking of other titles but they belong in the chapter books section. According to www.childrensbooksguide.com, the top ten chapter books are:
#1 Charlotte’s Web
#2: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
#3: A Wrinkle in Time (yes!)
#4: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (another yes!)
#5: The Phantom Tollbooth
#6: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
#7: Holes ( a great recent book – a good book for boys)
#8: The Giver
#9: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
#10: The Secret Garden
I think I’ve missed reading some great books. What about you? In the meantime, what books are on my list? At the top of my list and the answer I’ll put on that information sheet is:
Why? Because at the core of our being, every single one of us has days that we just wish we could move to Australia. But everyone has bad days, says Alexander’s mom. Even in Australia. Tomorrow will be a better day.
Move over, matey. It’s time for me to catch up on some good reading.