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I Still Read Children’s Books

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I admit it. I’m 43 years old and I still read children’s books.

I know it sounds a bit silly, but many of those classic kid’s stories remain my favorites.

Who doesn’t love Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss? Who doesn’t enjoy stories about Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood? Who wouldn’t like to be half as mischievous as Curious George?

When I talk about writers I admire most, Lucy Maud Montgomery and Laura Ingalls Wilder top my list. Funny thing is, I didn’t appreciate the work of either of these talented writers until I was in my early twenties.

I like to tell people about my first attempt to read Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie. I was in fifth grade. We had to pick a book and write a report. I chose this book because Little House on the Prairie, starring Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert, was my favorite television show. The show was in its original run on NBC at that time.

I don’t think I got three chapters into the book before I decided there was no way I could finish it. What could I do?

My solution: write a book report using the show as inspiration. I still don’t know what Ms. Fritch thought of my inaccurate essay. I received a C- on the report —  the worst grade I had ever received up to that point. Imagine my surprise years later when I read the book and discovered it was nothing like the show at all.

Lesson learned. I’ve never written a report on a book I didn’t finish since then.

Whether you’re nine or 90, it’s nice to revisit classic children’s books from time to time. It’s all that much better when you share them with a young person.

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  • http://nukapai.typepad.com Nukapai

    I regularly read books for children and young adults; I’m sure many grown-ups read the Harry Potter and Twilight books for example! The Northern Lights saga by Philip Pullman is one of the most enjoyable reads I’ve had for a long time.

  • Action Kate

    I’ve always collected “children’s” books, because I remember how much I loved reading as a child and I wanted to make sure my kids enjoyed it as well. We have almost two solid bookcases of “children’s” books… so far. :)

    Some of them are favorites from my childhood, and others just looked interesting (garage sales ROCK). So I’ve started reading through the bookcases myself — to revisit stories I barely remember, to savor classics, and to preview the ones I’d never read before.

    It’s interesting to me to see what holds up. “Charlotte’s Web” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” — still perfect. “Misty of Chincoteague” and “Stuart Little” — oddly, not so much. “The Giving Tree” — I would burn it if my husband didn’t love it so much. Horrible selfish terrible story.

    My sister routinely gives the boxed “trunk” set of the Harry Potter hardcovers as a first-birthday present to all her nieces and nephews. I’m still trying to figure out when it will be appropriate for my child to start those… but what a lovely problem to have. :)

  • http://ccmalandrinos.com Cheryl Malandrinos

    Thanks for the comments. I try to read the Anne of Green Gables series once a year, but it’s been a while since I was able to do that. My TBR pile is huge right now, but hopefully I’ll make time for them next year. I love Anne and Gilbert’s romance.

  • http://www.riewriter.com Rie Sheridan Rose

    I did something similar for a book report once. I was reading the book, but couldn’t finish in time, so I ended my report with “and the ending will surprise you.” My teacher wrote “If I didn’t know you better, I’d think you hadn’t finished the book.” I guess she didn’t know me as well as she thought…lol

    I think everyone should read YA and Children’s books now and then. It is how you stay young. ;)

  • http://ccmalandrinos.com Cheryl Malandrinos

    Hi Rie,

    How nice of you to stop by. Thanks for sharing your funny story. I can’t believe my teacher never called me out on it–unless she had never read the book either–though I’m thinking she gave me a pass because I was a good student.

    I agree with you. Reading YA and kid’s books keeps us in touch with our inner children.

    Thanks for dropping in.

    Cheryl

  • http://notesfromnancy.blogspot.com Nancy

    I find the Children’s department sometimes has a better selection than what is available for adults. Discovered Harry Potter there. The Lemony Snicket series was a must read.

  • http://ccmalandrinos.com Cheryl Malandrinos

    Very true, Nancy. I enjoy browsing the YA shelves at the bookstore. Thanks for stopping by.

  • AriaMoran

    You wouldn’t also believe when I say at my age of 32 I still love and would still love reading children’s books. I love reading aesops and fables. Why? I find it more easy to comprehend simple moral lessons which I can get from reading them.
    I had loved it before even I still have no kid and now that I have one, I love sharing my books with him. Cool because he inherits my books.

  • http://www,yearningforwonderland.com Anna Meade

    Well done article. I believe we’re never too old to read the best writers, many of whom are considered children’s authors. They shaped the way we read our whole lives. People should read what they like – who should judge the reading of others?

  • http://ccmalandrinos.com Cheryl Malandrinos

    Thanks for the comments Aria and Anna.