A Week for Children s Books: Lauren s take

May 14, 2013
As Morgan mentioned yesterday, this week is Children’s book Week! To celebrate, we’ll all be sharing our favorite classic children’s books as well as the modern ones we hope will become classics in the future. My favorite classic children’s book?The Pain and the Great Oneby Judy Blume.With its simple watercolor illustrations, it’s the humorous story of two siblings, splitting narration duties— the pain and the great one both think the other gets more attention and is more loved. I have an older brother whom I love an adore, but we were not immune to our fair share of bickering growing up. Blume’s hilarious look at sibling rivalry resonated with me from a very young age. Whenever my brother and I argue, it’s still the first thing I think of. My favorite modern children’s book that I hope will become a classic?The False Princeby Jennifer A. Nielsen. From the flap copy alone, I knew this book was going to be right up my alley. “Four boys. One treacherous plan. An entire kingdom to fool.” I was right. The book delivered on it’s promise of edge-of-your-seat adventure, heart-racing action, and a mystery that had me gripped from start to finish. It was so good, I read it one sitting. When I was done, I couldn’t wait for the sequel. As future readers pick it up, I have no doubt they’ll feel the same way.