The Book Blogger Hop is a meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week, a new book-themed question is posted, and this week’s question is…
Who is your favorite children’s book author and why?
I’ve been sitting here for far too long trying to think of an answer to this question, and I honestly just can’t, so I’m gonna change it up a bit and instead tell you guys about some of my favorite children’s books that I read over and over and over when I was growing up. Let’s start with…
The Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne
I LOVED these books growing up. Absolutely LOVED them. They’re about two kids who happen upon a tree house filled with magical books that transport them to the places they read about. As a kid (and even now, who am I kidding), I thought this was the coolest thing! We all know how books can bring you into their world when you read them, but Mary Pope Osborne takes it to a whole new level and literally takes these kids there! Whether it’s a land of dinosaurs or medieval times or ancient Egypt, they go on some crazy adventures. Absolutely one of my favorite, favorite book series from when I was a kid.
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
Has anyone else heard of this book?? I have no idea how I came across it, nor do I know anyone else who’s read it, but I read this book so many times as a kid. It’s about a guy who sells caps and wears all of them on his head as he walks through town advertising them. But when he falls asleep underneath a tree, a group of monkeys comes by and steals all his caps! It’s a really cute book with an interesting illustration style, and it’s another one I just couldn’t get enough of growing up.
Cajun Night Before Christmas by “Trosclair” (a.k.a. J. B. Kling Jr.)
A classic Christmas story with a Cajun twist! The story is told in a heavy Cajun accent, and my heavily-accented uncle (a.k.a. my Paran, which is French/Cajun for “godfather”) would read it to my brother and me during the holidays. Here’s a little taste for you:
‘Twas the night before Christmas
An’ all t’ru de house
Dey don’t a t’ing pass
Not even a mouse.
De chirren been nezzle
Good snug on de flo’
An’ Mama pass de pepper
T’ru de crack on de do’
I feel like I have an affinity for writing out accents as they sound, and now I’m realizing just how much of an influence this book had on that! It’s such a great book and an interesting take on the Christmas classic. Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, and Blitzen are replaced with alligators named Gaston, Tiboy, Pierre, and Alceé. Santa is covered in muskrat clothing and lands on a big pot of gumbo when he comes down the chimney. It’s fun and funny and a great yearly read. I still have the same copy from my childhood sitting on my bookshelf today!
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Could there even be a “favorite children’s book” list that doesn’t include Dr. Seuss? Honestly, I don’t remember reading a whole lot of his books growing up, but this one was one of my favorites. I know I’ve mentioned this before on this blog, but I loved this book so much that I even added to the story on a few pages. I guess I had an urge to write even at a young age, and all that blank space just called to me!
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
I had totally forgotten about this story until I was reminding myself of children’s books for this post! This book is so, so good, and the illustrations are so interesting! (I’ve got a thing for unique illustrations.) This book tells the tale of the three little pigs, but the true version from the wolf’s point of view. As you guys know from last week’s Book Blogger Hop post, retellings are my jam. I guess they always have been! I just love the idea of taking a well-known story and telling it from another character’s perspective, and this book does it so well. Jon Scieszka has written quite a few interesting stories, so I’d suggest checking him out if you aren’t already familiar with him!