Yes, let’s talk about books that you read in your childhood or maybe even your teen years that you’ve never gotten over. They imprinted on your soul. Does this happen to you?
I’d like to share with you some of the books that have stayed with me since my childhood and why I think they have.
- The old Berenstain Bears books (hardcover, not the current soft covers). I’ve mentioned this before, but when I was a kid – maybe five years old – I read a lot. I read the Dr. Seuss books that my mother ordered for me through some book club and the Berenstain Bears books, which I think came from the same book club. I believe this was my actual book – ha!
- I have previously written in depth about Edith & Mr. Bear, so we don’t have to go over that too much here. Suffice it to say, this book has my heart, always has, always will.
- The House With a Clock in Its Walls – yep, I know this was made into a movie recently (I was unwilling to see it and have it ruin this school girl memory for me), but in 1st grade, my teacher, Mrs. Katz, read about a chapter to our class every couple of days and it was RIVETING. Maybe it touched me so much because it was the first chapter book I’d ever heard read out loud. I’ve never forgotten it. This reminds me how good and important it is to begin reading chapter books to younger children rather than flipping on a movie!!
- The Black Stallion (boxed set) – so began my love affair with all things horse. I was about 9 years old and lived and breathed this book, as well as the others in the series by Walter Farley. Some books come into your life at precisely the exact moment you need them. Such was the case with The Black Stallion series.
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – Ah! Talk about playing with a kid’s imagination. To this day, whenever I come upon a wardrobe, it’s just natural to feel around the back to see if it, you know opens into some kind of amazing magical realm with man-goats and talking lions. I kind of hate Lewis for writing this story because I so wanted it to happen to me and I sort of thought it could (hence, my feeling around wardrobes). One thing I specifically remember is really struggling with the actual reading of this book because I was young, too young and didn’t know a lot of the words but I struggled all the way through it and that made all the difference.
- Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret – if you haven’t yet, please read this book. Then, give it to your 11 or 12-year-old daughter to read. Thank God for Judy Blume. Most girls can relate to Margaret (especially girls that haven’t been exposed much to religion) and her experiences. Even though the book is quite old, the subject matter and how Blume deftly handles it through her protagonist is timeless.
- Flowers in the Attic series – interestingly, given the outrageous se*ual themes and scenes in many YA books coming onto the market these days, this book for some reason freaks out most parents. I was in the 7th grade (so about 13 years old) when I found Flowers in the Attic in my English teacher’s classroom library (she was a FABULOUS, caring, creative, smart, funny teacher and I trusted her selection of books – even then, I considered myself a literary nerd). I don’t know what else to say about this series other than I was transfixed. Although I certainly couldn’t relate to the predicament the children were in, the mother’s betrayal, the young children attempting to get through the situation, just this massive torrid saga that was horrific but *could* happen was exactly what this young teen wanted out of a book at that age – something to get totally emotionally invested and lost in. (Would love to hear your thoughts on it, actually!)
So there they are! The childhood books imprinted on my soul. Are there any books that you feel this way about?? Would love for you to share them.