A Week of Children s Books: Jessica s take

May 16, 2013
Following in the footsteps of both Morgan and Lauren before me, it is my turn to celebrate Children’s Book Week! In celebration we will be bringing you one classic children’s book that we loved as a child and one book that we hope will become a classic in the future. My favorite classic children’s book? The Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The truth is that I loved the entire series and reread them so many times that I can’t even fathom my childhood without them. When we went on car trips or moved when I was a child, at least one book of this series was always in the car with me within easy reach. I had never lived in the time that Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote about and I had never been to any of the places that she had been but as a child with a book in her hand, I could go there with her. Because of this series, I became interested in lifetimes and histories other than my own. Although Laura and I came from different times and places, I connected with her in a way that captured my imagination. It was through these books that I understood that there was time that happened before I was alive and there were places that I had never been. That can be a big revelation when you are 8. My favorite modern children’s book that I hope will become a classic? A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban. This one was very hard for me. There are three books that I just adore and admittedly re-read even now. (The other two are The Princess Academy by Shannon Hale and The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo in case you were wondering.) The reason I ultimately chose A Crooked Kind of Perfect is because as I was reading this book I remember having the thought “If I ever have girls I want them to read this book”. The story is about a 10 year old named Zoe and how more than anything she wants to learn how to play the piano. Instead her parents get her organ lessons. While she is incredibly disappointed, Zoe comes to see the impact that her musicianship has on her family. This is an incredibly relatable story for girls and allows them to see the value in their world, even if it isn’t “perfect”. Have your own picks for favorite children’s books classic and future? Let us know in the comments!