Favorite Books from My Childhood (Your kids will like them too!)
Though summer means that children will be playing outside more often, there is never a bad time to read a good book. Getting excited about reading while young can influence a child’s reading habits for the rest of their lives. Whether they are old enough to read by themselves or need Mom or Dad’s help, children will only gain by learning to appreciate reading as soon as possible. Of course, the key to loving to read is finding the right book. As seen in another one of my blog posts, I spent a lot of time at the library as a child. Here are some of my favorite books that helped me learn to love reading.
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
This book introduces children to poetry with silly topics that kids can enjoy. Starting with poems might be a good idea for keeping children’s attention as they start reading. One of my favorite poems in the book is “Sick”, one of the classic poems where a young girl explains why she cannot go to school that day.
The Classic Treasury of Children’s Poetry by Louise Betts Egan
Another book of poetry, but this time with classic poems. Children can learn to appreciate some of the most famous poems written in the English language. In addition, parents can benefit from learning more about these important poems alongside their children. The book is also beautifully illustrated for an extra enchanting feature.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson is a twelve-year-old boy who discovers his true identity as a demigod following an eventful school field trip. In the first book, Percy is thrown into a dangerous quest to find a missing lightning bolt while trying to navigate his new life as the son of a Greek god. These books are geared toward older children around 11 or 12 years old, and the entire series is full of adventure and twists. The Percy Jackson series is a great way for kids to learn some basics of Greek mythology as well.
Bonnets and Bugles series by Gilbert Morris
Starting at the very beginning of the Civil War, Bonnets and Bugles tells the story of Leah Carter and Jeff Majors, best friends from a small town in Kentucky. Jeff and Leah are separated when Jeff’s family moves to Virginia, out of loyalty to their home state. To make matters worse, Jeff and Leah’s families, though incredibly close friends, are fighting are different sides of the war. As Jeff, his older brother, and his father join the Confederate Army, Leah’s older brother fights for the Union. Jeff, Leah, and their friends must try to thrive in the middle of an awful war while maintaining their friendships. These books are quite easy to read and could be read by children from ages 8 and up.
The Riverboat Adventures (now called Freedom Seekers) series by Lois Walfrid Johnson
In one of my absolute favorite book series ever, Libby Norstad comes aboard her father’s steamboat, the Christina, only to discover more danger and adventure than she ever thought possible. The story takes place in 1857, when slavery was still legal, and America was on the verge of the Civil War. As a crucial means of transportation, steamboats carried hundreds of citizens, immigrants, and, much more quietly, runaway slaves. With the help of her father’s cabin boy, Caleb Whitney, Libby finds herself in the middle of the Underground Railroad and must decide what she believes and the true meaning of trust. These books are fun for children and parents alike. They can be read to children of any age but would probably be most appreciated by those ages 8 and up.
These are just a few of the books that changed my perspective on reading as a child. It is important for each child to find the type of book that draws them. For more options and help finding a book, visit your local public library.