It seems to me there are days, weeks and even years of celebration for just about anything anyone can think of, and I can’t say I see the point of many of them, but anyone who knows me knows I agree that children’s books are definitely something to celebrate. Now, did you know (I didn’t!) that this week, May 4-10, the 2015 Children’s Book Week marks its 96th year? How wonderful! And is this poster by Grace Lee precious or what? It gives me the “warm fuzzies” every time I see it 😀 You can get this poster and more through their site, and if you’re a nostalgic soul and like collectibles, the Official Children’s Book Week Store has lots of goodies from the past 96 years. Considering some of the most talented people are part of the children’s book industry, you can bet they’ve got some great stuff!
I know my love for children’s books began when one would expect—when I was a child 🙂 There are a handful of books that stand out the most for me. I’m not sure why, but I was in love with Are You My Mother? by P. D. Eastman. I read it repeatedly! I’m thinking it was the silliness of a bird thinking an excavator was its mother, or maybe because that bird was just so darn cute.
As it was for most people, I was—and still am—in love with pretty much anything by Dr. Seuss. In my opinion, the man was a creative genius, and what’s so remarkable is that his books still hold the same appeal for adults. Well, this adult, at least! What’s wonderful, too, is that Random House is publishing previously unreleased works, new to all of us!!! On July 18, 2015 What Pet Should I Get? will hit the shelves 😀
There was something about Ludwig Bemelmans‘ Madeline that was magical for me, too. Firstly, I suppose I could relate simply because I attended Catholic School as a child and Miss Clavel resembles a nun. But I think it was more than that. I think it was Madeline herself—she was quite her own person, the smallest, but bravest—and full of mischief 😉
One character I couldn’t resist, along with her adventures, was the quirky, lovable Pippi Longstocking. All these books, along with the treasured classic Charlotte’s Web (for which I wrote a guest post on Book Journey), hold a special place in my book-loving heart. Yes, children’s books are worth celebrating—again and again and again…
Which children’s books do you hold dear? Do you have a special memory attached to a children’s book? I’d love to hear about them 🙂