It’s a bit early to be thinking about this already. I mean, the poor kid hasn’t even been born yet. Despite that, I’m compiling a list of books I want to make sure Gibson has a chance to read once he’s an independent reader.
Books were so important to me at a fairly early age. I can still remember the exact book I was reading when I realized I was actually reading it and not just looking at the pictures. It was such a proud moment for me. And from then on, I think I was always trying to read to my mother instead of vice versa.
The Animorphs series was part of my children’s fiction collection growing up. I think I only had the first four books, but I read them over and over again. And no matter how advanced the Kindle or other e-readers become, you have to get the actual printed version of these books. Mostly because they featured these nifty flip book drawings of the main character changing from human to animal. I LOVED them.
Though I was already a little too old for the book when I received it, my mother gifted me Beezus & Ramona. Maybe my sister and I were going through some serious sibling rivalry at the time. I’m not sure. But the little glimpses into the lives of other sisters were endearing and have stuck with me.
The silly, irrational things that little sisters can do made a lot of sense to me as the oldest. And I think my mother sympathized with me as she was the oldest in her family. Like how the youngest can seem to get more attention from the parents because of his or her antics. But ultimately, each child is loved just the same and just as much as the other. I’m not sure if this one will matter as much to Gibson if he remains an only child.
I also can’t talk enough about how wonderful Judy Blume was for me growing up. I had Blubber, Just As Long As We’re Together and Then Again, Maybe I Won’t. When I was a pre-teen I sought out more of her books in the library. Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret and Tiger Eyes. Those stories have stuck with me and taught me some of the coping mechanisms I use even today. I actually somehow missed out on the Super Fudge series, but The Man tells me that he read and enjoyed them as a kid.
Sideways Stories From Wayside School was another book I remember enjoying. I didn’t even know there were other books in this series. This is another addition to the list from The Man. The stories are so strange and different, I remember almost being upset that they didn’t follow logic and reason. But The Man appreciated that about the books, and so these will have to be on the reading list for Gibson.
What stories were important to you growing up? Did you have a favorite author? Please help me increase Gibson’s reading list even though he’s not even born yet!