Way back when I submitted my first novel for publication, I was certain getting published…
Last year I started a list of children’s (and young adult) books I kept seeing around the internet. I hadn’t read children’s books in years, and I got nostalgic about the ones I loved growing up. I figured it couldn’t hurt to try something different or to reread old favorites.
The first book I read was La Petit Prince (The Little Prince) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It moved me, and I was hooked. Soon I began ordering a book or two every few months.
Recently I read a graphic novel version of The Giver by Lois Lowry. Powerful and surprisingly loose-ended. I enjoyed the story, and I know if I’d read it as a child, it would have stayed with me. It’s one of those books that disturbs you, makes you think.
I also read From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg. A delight from start to finish. I laughed out loud. The children were so real. I wish I would have read this as a kid!
One of my favorite books as a kid was A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. I read it again as I got some sun on my deck this summer. It was just as terrific as I remembered. I read the entire series when I was young. I might revisit the other books in the future.
Another author I’d read reviews about was Morgan L. Busse. I took a chance on the first book in her YA trilogy The Ravenwood Saga. I’m so glad I did. I ended up reading all three, Mark of the Raven, Flight of the Raven, and Cry of the Raven in the span of a week. Excellent storytelling!
Up next? The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. I’d never even heard of this book until recently, so I’m looking forward to seeing what it’s all about.
I don’t exclusively read children’s books or young adult books. In fact, the majority of novels I read are romance novels. I tend to read a lot of nonfiction, too. But I find the children’s and YA novels jolt me out of my expectations. It’s always fun getting lost in a new adventure.
Do you ever read children’s books? What are some of your favorites?
Have a terrific week!