Prompt: What is your favorite childhood book, series, and/or author? What book would you read over and over? What book would you hope to share with your children one day?
I don’t usually wait until the last minute to complete my assignments, but this has just been one of those weeks. If you wonder why it’s not terribly thought provoking…that would be the reason.
“Mickey’s Young Readers Library.” I’m not kidding. That’s what popped into my head when I saw the words “favorite childhood series.” Sophisticated, right? I wish I could say something impressive like “I’ve adored Dickens since age six,” but that wouldn’t be true. I’ve never really appreciated him the way I should. Even today, I might prefer Mickey Mouse. Maybe.
I looked up the Mickey Readers on on Amazon recently. I could only see the list of titles–not the covers. But I could still tell you every story. My babysitter still remembers those books. She used to bring loads of library books to read with me and I liked her books a lot–Splodger, Wake Up Grizzly, and Little Critter–but I really loved my Mickey Mouse books. I don’t think that will be a series I’ll jump to read with my kids. It really has no literary value. C. S. Lewis once said, “A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” I think my precious Mickey Mouse books fall into the only-a-children’s-story category.
So what will I choose to read to my kids? Check out my list of family favorites. These books fall into the truly-delightful-at-any-age category. I hope you love them as much as I do.