This From My Bookshelf post is inspired by the spring equinox; I’ve chosen the following books because of their subject matter, covers, titles, and/or a combination of all three. This post features one of the few nonfiction titles living on my shelves, as well as an old favorite, and a childhood book: Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and Bloomability by Sharon Creech.
If you’ve kept up with my From My Bookshelf posts, you know that I’ve dedicated a few to my childhood and young adulthood books. This will be one of those posts, which is part randomness and part planning, as the first week in February is Children’s Authors and Illustrators Week. As you’ll see if you keep reading, the three books I’ve chosen for this post are not illustrated children’s books, but each of them have won an award for their contribution to children’s and young adult literature.
I decided Sharon Creech was one of my favorite authors after reading Walk Two Moons when I was in…4th grade(?), and that decision was reaffirmed after reading Ruby Holler. After reading more of her titles and now, re-reading Ruby Holler in my twenties, I can firmly place my finger on what made these stories so attractive to me when I first read them.
For those of you who have read Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, it certainly won’t surprise you that she wrote the book to “induce kindness, sympathy and an understanding of the treatment of horses.” And while it is considered a classic children’s novel, it really should [also] be required reading for individuals of any age. Particularly those who have forgotten basic lessons learned in childhood, such as kindness, sympathy, and an understanding of humane, righteous treatment of others.
The first fictional character I became truly invested in was Ramona Quimby. Even now she holds a piece of my heart, as does author Beverly Cleary, who I know is cherished by more readers, teachers, and individuals than by just me.
It’s Day 3 of my #AtoZChallenge which means we’ve arrived at letter C. C is for childhood, and chapter books.