As a child, I distinctly remember weekly trips to the bookstore. I was always so excited to pick out a new book to explore every week. Before my days as a Nancy Drew fanatic, some of the first books I fell in love with were Shel Silverstein’s A Light in the Attic and Where the Sidewalk Ends. I read the poems over and over. The simple sketches totally won me over. I had so much fun exploring those books and really credit them with fueling a life long passion of reading. A couple of my favorite books to share with kids (or adults) today would be Marcel the Shell with Shoes On and Wildwood. Wildwood is a fairy tale adventure featuring strikingly beautiful artwork and is probably tailored to the junior high level, while Marcel the Shell, which stars an adorably witty Marcel, is appropriate for younger children. Also, check out Maxwell’s (from Apartment Therapy) list of favorite children’s books. What were your favorite books to explore as a child?
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At about the age of 8 or 10–I can’t quite remember–I became enamored with the book “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster. It’s an adventurous romp through a fantastical world by a boy named Milo. This book contains all the elements of what I consider a great way to spend an afternoon or a long weekend—a car, a map, and a road trip to places yet unexplored. Of course “The Phantom Tollbooth” has so much more. I re-read it not too long ago, and will probably read it again. It still holds that same sense of adventure I remember from my childhood.