By Jenny Bullough, Manager of Digital Content for Harlequin and Carina Press, Carina Press acquisitions team member, and book-loving mom
I had the best time shopping for Christmas gifts for my 7 year old daughter this year. She’s finally reading chapter books – devouring them, in fact, at an incredible rate – so I decided it was time to gift her with some of the books I loved at her age. My original copies had already been passed down to my younger sisters, so I got to shop for brand-new books for my little bookworm!
I can’t remember the last time I had so much fun shopping for books. (Actually I can’t remember the last time I shopped for print books!) Each shelf brought back a flood of memories, of afternoons whiled away immersed in a book, of worlds visited, characters loved, stories read and reread and reread again. Little House on the Prairie. Tuck Everlasting. The Railway Children. Harriet the Spy. These books and others firmly entrenched my lifelong love of reading. I can’t wait to see those worlds open up for my daughter, and revisit them through her eyes! And I can’t wait to find out which books will become her beloved favorites to be read and reread.
Which made me wonder if there are other classics out there that I somehow missed. What are the favorite books that you remember from youth and childhood? What are the “must-read” classics that you’re passing on to your kids or younger relations? And what are the “new classics” that your kids are devouring?