A Week for Children s Books: Lia s take

May 17, 2013
In honor of Children’s Book Week, several OOMers are sharing one classic children’s book that we loved as a child, and one book that we hope will become a classic in the future. Morgan, Lauren, and Jessica all had some great suggestions. Time to add mine to the mix! My favorite classic children’s book? Growing up, I absolutely adored The Boxcar Children series. The first book was my favorite; in addition to reading it multiple times, I used to fall asleep to it on cassette tape night after night. To this day, my mother still has my copies in a box in the garage. Though The Boxcar Childrenwas originally published in 1924–and then reissued in 1942–it resonated with me in the ’90s. I loved how the Alden siblings looked out for each other, and always looked forward to reading about the various mysteries they solved! My favorite modern children’s book that I hope will become a classic? Am I allowed to say the Harry Potter series? Or is that already considered a classic? (For the purpose of this post, I’ll classify it as “modern” since it was published in the late 20th/early 21st century.) I actually have a confession to make: I didn’t read the Harry Potter books until after college. Shameful, I know, especially given the fact that I work at Scholastic. But reading Harry Potter in my 20?s led to a sense of appreciation that I may not have felt had I read the series sooner. J.K. Rowling’s writing is just gorgeous, and so, so smart. The name of every character and every spell is loaded with meaning, the characters are wonderfully developed, and the lessons threaded throughout the text are subtle and moving. I can only hope this series will remain a staple for future generations. How about you, readers? What are your favorite classic and modern children’s books? We’d love to hear from you!