Thursday, November 4, 2010

Guest Post: Children's Books with heatherlydee

Hello darlings.  I’m Heather from heatherlydee blog and heatherlydee etsy. I am excited to be guest posting for the lovely Britt while she gets settled in with her sweet new baby.

When my twin sister and I were little, my mom would take us to the library all the time. We would check out dozens of books and read them together. If there were challenges in school to read books for a free personal pizza from Pizza Hut you could count me in. I guess it is no surprise that in whatever city I've lived in since graduating high school, the librarians have known me by name. As you can tell by now I have grown up with a love for books.

Photo by Ashlee Rohnert

It is almost a magical experience to open a book. You make new friends and fall in love with the characters as you walk through the ups and downs of their lives and go on adventures with them. I always dread turning the last page of a good book and saying goodbye to friends I’ve made.

I want to share with you a few of my childhood favorites as well as a couple books that are new-ish to me. It was so difficult to narrow down my favorites, but these are the top ones worth mentioning.

Flicka, Ricka and Dicka. Snip, Snap, and Snurr. You might be wondering what I’m talking about. If your first guess isn’t names of children, I am not surprised. Let’s face it, how many Snurrs do you know? These are two sets of triplets who are written about and illustrated by Maj Lindman, a Swedish author and artist. As a twin myself, I was drawn to reading these books about triplets.

I have fond memories of my mom reading Betsy-Tacy to my sister and I during summer. These two best friends love to go on adventures together, whether real or imaginary. Tib moves to the neighborhood shortly before the end of the book.

Berenstain Bears have been around for years and years. I love this sweet little bear family. Each book dealt with universal experiences in children’s lives and taught me new lessons. Some favorites were The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies and The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food.

Amelia Bedelia is a maid for a wealthy family.  She repeatedly misunderstands commands and chores, taking everything literally, causing her to do everything wrong and leaving you laughing. For example, when she is told to dress the chicken she put clothes on the chicken.

The American Girls series are wonderful! They taught aspects of American history through six book series from the perspective of a nine year old girl living in that time period. The original girls were Samantha, Kirsten and Molly; I also had Felicity and Addy books. A couple months ago I pulled my books out and read both the Samantha and Kirsten series within a week; it was so much fun to reconnect with those old, dear friends.

The following books are some that I did not read until college when I was a nanny for two children, a two year old girl and a three month old boy.

Pinkalicious is about a little girl who eats too many pink cupcakes and turns completely pink. The little girl I watched was obsessed with this book and would make me read it to her all the time. It got to the point that she had the entire book memorized and would “read” it to me. She knew absolutely every word. Needless to say I have fond memories of Pinkalicious.

Paper Bag Princess is an amusing book, reversing the damsel in distress stereotype. Elizabeth takes matters into her own hands to rescue her prince who turns out to be a jerk. She quickly realizes she is better off without him and sets off into the sunset to live her own life.

Now that I’ve shared my favorites, I’m curious, what are your favorite childhood books?

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