Saturday, June 1, 2013

Armchair BEA: Children's Books and YA

My children are all grown up now and have been for quite some time. I have no grandchildren yet. Reading was not a big part of my life as a child, until I became prepubescent and started reading my mom's books so I don't have a lot of sentimental attachment to books from my childhood.

I do, however, have great sentimental attachment to books I read to my own children in their early years. My daughter had about three favorite books. Two were by Dr. Seuss. As a youngster who struggled to learn to read due to hearing difficulties, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut helped build her confidence. As for the Sleep Book, this bedtime favorite never failed to make ME yawn.

And then there is The Rainbow Fish - a gorgeously illustrated tail of a fish who learns to share with others less fortunate.

Some of my son's favorite books were The Poky Little Puppy, and all of the Berenstain Bears books.

And here is where I admit what a horrible mother I am. When my son was three, around the time my daughter was born he had a very favorite book that he actually memorized the words to. This was the book he demanded nightly at bedtime. How do I know he memorized it? Because one night when I was reading it to him I inadvertently skipped a word - and he corrected me. It was an obscure book and I cannot for the life of me remember too much about it now so many years later, but I do remember there was something pirate-ish about it, because the phrase he corrected me on was "gold pieces". It breaks my heart now that I can't remember anymore

As for YA books I am still a fan of this genre for my own reading. I love The Hunger Games series, and Divergent. I've reviewed those and many others right here on my blog. Take a peek through past posts and you just might find a few to intrigue you.

How about you? Emotional attachments to children's books? Still enjoy YA today?


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  2. Ohh I remember the Poky Little Puppy one! I just loved Dr. Seuss and still do :)

    Amanda @ i solemnly swear

  3. I loved The Rainbow Fish when I was younger! Also, The Hunger Games is one of my favorite YA books.

  4. I love The Poky Little Puppy! My daughter and I used to read the Christmas one all the time.

    I, too, can't remember one of my daughter's favorite book series. Now I don't feel so bad. Maybe we blocked them out because of ALL THE READING.

  5. I used to love reading The Little Golden Books! I also loved Dr. Seuss's books and the Berenstain Bears. All of these bring back some great childhood memories for me.

  6. Thank you all for helping me relive my children's childhood through their favorite books. I've really enjoyed doing Armchair BEA.

  7. I love YA books that are more reality based (no vampires, witches, etc) that remind me of my teenage years in which I was still figuring out who I was as a person. I just read a fantastic YA novel I would love to recommend; “The Beat on Ruby’s Street” by author Jenna Zark ( Ruby is a character that is 12 going on 30 and her stubbornness, humor, and braveness makes you empathize and connect with her immediately! Ruby lives in Greenwich Village and dreams of meeting the famous poets of her time (e.g. Jack Kerouac) while writing her own poetry. Instead, she is accused of trying to steal fruit from a local vendor and ends up in a children’s home. The book goes into detail about the “Beat Generation” a fascinating culture that rebels against mainstream society. Ruby’s parents have taught her creative freedom and to fend for herself but her lack of real schooling and structure ultimately lead to her poor choices. Once in the children’s home Ruby has to follow her heart to get back to her parents and to the life she once knew. This was a book I thoroughly enjoyed. I hope you will give it a read!