Friday Favorites: Favorite Children’s Novels

Friday Favorites 02I stumbled upon this meme at the adorable blog, Tessa’s Wishful Endings. Really it’s as simple as the name; you talk about a favorite book related subject on Fridays. It could be anything from favorite authors, books and genres to favorite reading spots, opening sentences and love triangles. Basically the world of novels is our oyster and with Friday Favorites, we can conquer it.

Favorite Children’s Books

Let’s travel back to the past for a moment, shall we? Let’s step into 7-year-old Lindsey’s shoes, a little girl with long hair because she longed to be the blonde version of Pocahontas. A little girl who loved Peanut Butter more than life itself and named her dog after the friendly ghost, Casper. A Lindsey who sang at the top of her lungs at every opportunity and who had a thing for Barney. What was this version of Lindsey’s favorite books?

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

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7-year-old Lindsey would tell you all that she liked the book because her favorite color was purple, but 22-year-old Lindsey recognizes the wit she possessed years ago. This book is an advocator of creativity and imagination. We watch Harold create a world with his mighty purple crayon, drawing dragons and moons, pies and one-tree-forests. Little Lindsey had a magical soul even then and she recognized a fellow patron in Harold. This book is the kind that you need to be reading to children, especially the way people are constantly entertained by technology nowadays. It’s nice to remember how brilliant a child’s mind is when all you give them is  a crayon.

 

 

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

sidewalkends“If you are a dreamer, come in,

If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,

A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer…

If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire

For we have some flax-golden tales to spin.

Come in!

Come in!”

7-year-old Lindsey would pull this book out when she wanted to be reminded that anything was possible. It was a perfect book for reading aloud also with fun rhymes that seemed to flow from the tongue.

7-year-old Lindsey didn’t want to read about boring, ordinary things, she wanted to read about a polar bear in the fridge or diamond gardens. It was a fantastic tale that amused adults but stayed with children like a well-kept secret and it remains a favorite of mine to this day.

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

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If you tried to suggest a story of the classic, “Three Little Pigs“, 7-year-old Lindsey would just roll her eyes at you and exclaim you’ve got it all wrong. If you want the real story, she would say, then you need to read this book. The wolf is actually innocent, and that last little pig framed him! Little Lindsey would happily argue with you all day about the logistics of the story and I think that’s my favorite part of this book. It inspires critical thinking and debate. It teaches perspective and logical arguments to children. To this day I’ll still argue that the pigs had it coming all along.

Those were the three books that stick out most in my childhood. They made life a bit more magical and for that I’ll always be grateful.

What were your favorite books as a child? What would you draw with a purple crayon? Who do you think is innocent: the wolf or the pigs? Share below and happy reading!

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites 02I stumbled upon this meme at the adorable blog, Tessa’s Wishful Endings. Really it’s as simple as the name; you talk about a favorite book related subject on Fridays. It could be anything from favorite authors, books and genres to favorite reading spots, opening sentences and love triangles. Basically the world of novels is our oyster and with Friday Favorites, we can conquer it.

Friday Favorites #2: Favorite Reading Spots

You guys all know this problem: you’ve got a really great book to read so you go to sit and read it but you can’t concentrate because of the lack of back support or there is no air vent nearby. We’ve all had to deal with this and because of this I made it my mission to find a reading spot that heightens my reading experience. Yes ladies and gentlemen I am talking about the favorite reading spot.

To begin my quest for my favorite reading spot I decided to get some input from my two sisters by asking them what were their favorite reading spots. (This turned out not to be such a great idea).

My conversation with Hayley, the middle sister who (sorta) likes to read went like this:

[I walk into Hayley’s room]

Me: “Hi Hayley.”

Hayley: “What.” (She doesn’t say it like a question, just like a statement and also she’s really busy with summer homework which puts a damper on her mood)

Me: “Hey I know you’re busy–“

Hayley: [Sigh]

Me: “Are you okay?”

Hayley: “I just don’t understand why they have to give us sooooo much homework over the summer. It’s not fair.”

Me: “Yeah, it sucks. Maybe you should just take a break.”

Hayley: [An atomic bomb goes off in her eyes as she gives me a death glare] “I don’t have time to take a break.”

Me: “Okayyyy, well try not to stress yourself out. I came in here because I wanted to ask you a quick question– What’s you favorite reading spot?”

Hayley: [This time as a question] “What?”

Me: [Emphasizes with lips] READING SPOT? Do have a favorite? I know you only sort of like to read but

Hayley: “I don’t only sort of like to read, I don’t have time to read.”

Me: [Realizing my mistake] Of course because of the homework and everything, okay, so when you do read, what’s your favorite spot to do it?”

Hayley: [Sighs, looks up at the ceiling] “Well my favorite spot to read is the living room but then somebody always comes in and turns on the TV or starts–“

Me: “Living?”

Hayley: [Familiar death glare] “The living room, my favorite reading spot is the living room.”

So one option was the living room but I wasn’t so sure about this (based on Hayley’s reaction) so I decided to ask my sister Miranda, the baby of the family who HATES reading. Our conversation went like this:

Me: [Walks into Miranda’s room at 11:45am, all the lights are turned off, she is in her bed under the covers staring at her Iphone in a zombie-like way] “Miranda?” (I am weary of her).

Miranda: “Hmmm?”

Me: [Intrigued] “What are you doing?”

Miranda: [Doesn’t look up from her device] “On YouTube.”

Me: [I come closer to the bed]

Miranda: [Rolls over to face me] “What?” (Apparently I can’t just be around my sisters for the enjoyment of it).

Me: “I know you don’t like reading–“

Miranda: [Rolls her eyes] It’s not that I don’t like reading, I only like a certain kind of book.” (I was beginning to hear this a lot lately).

Me: “Well, when you do read–“

Miranda: [Snickers]

Me: “When mom and dad make you read, where do you like to do it?”

Miranda: [Says without hesitation] “Under my bed.” [Shrugs]

Me: [Blank stare]

Miranda: [Laughs at my speechlessness] (She thinks everything is funny)

Me: “How do you read under your bed?”

Miranda: “I put my desk lamp down there so I can see, then I read.” [Shrugs]

Me: “Why?!”

Miranda: “Because nobody knocks on my door before barging into my room, so this way I get some privacy.” [Shrugs]

Me: “…thanks.”

So I got the living room and under the bed as advice. I decided to ignore both.

Some time later I came to realize that my favorite reading spot is my bed in my room, because not only is it comfy, I can control the area. No one is going to turn on the TV or start talking to me and I can go on reading for hours in my own quiet sanctuary.

What about you, what’s your favorite reading spot? Let me know by commenting below and have a great day!

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites 02I stumbled upon this meme at the adorable blog, Tessa’s Wishful Endings. Really it’s as simple as the name; you talk about a favorite book related subject on Fridays. It could be anything from favorite authors, books and genres to favorite reading spots, opening sentences and love triangles. Basically the world of novels is our oyster and with Friday Favorites, we can conquer it.

Today, I would like to talk about favorite reading snacks.

I don’t know about any of you, but reading is the one thing that will keep me from eating. It’s not so much that I don’t hear (or feel) the growling stomach it’s that I would rather finish the page…and then the chapter…and then the book. By the time that happens I’m starving and have a humongous headache.

That is why when I’m about to settle in with my novel I like to have a snack in the immediate area just in case I get hungry. But believe or not, choosing a favorite reading snack is an exact science. Not every snack is compatible with reading, in fact many are not.

Let’s start with a basic list of snacks:

*Crackers *Chips *Apples *Bananas *Grapes *Granola Bars *Candy *Popcorn *Nuts *Yogurt *Cheese Sticks *Jello *Pudding *Pizza *Hambugers

(Sorry, I started letting my stomach do the writing)

You want to choose a snack that will allow you to focus on the novel while you eat it (the snack, not the novel). So we can cross out all snacks that would require both hands.

*Crackers *Chips *Apples *Bananas *Grapes *Granola Bars *Candy *Popcorn *Nuts *Yogurt *Cheese Sticks *Jello *Pudding

Next you want to account for easy accessibility. What’s the point of bringing a snack to your reading spot if you’re just going to have to get up again and throw away the wrapper. With this in mind let’s take another look at our list of (oh so yummy) snacks.

*Crackers *Chips *Apples *Bananas *Grapes *Granola Bars *Candy *Popcorn *Nuts *Cheese Sticks

(Give me a moment while I grieve for the candy)

Is your favorite snack still on the list?

I have one more consideration that I take in: dirty fingertips. Whether reading an actual book or an e-reader you don’t want to leave smudges and this includes anything salty, gooey, and juicy.

(You’re about to discover my favorite snack).

*Crackers *Chips *Apples *Grapes *Popcorn *Nuts

That’s right, MY FAVORITE READING SNACK IS GRAPES!

(Preferably green, seedless and cold)

Pros

  • Easily accessible
  • Leaves clean finger tips
  • Nourishing
  • Refreshing

Cons

  • Not candy
  • Has a potential problematic bathroom effect

What are some of your favorite reading snacks?

 

 

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