Good Eggs

Good Eggs

I am one of those people who finds comfort in reading about food. The first of these kinds of stories to appeal to me was Bread and Jam for Frances. This picture book, by Russell Hoban with illustrations by Lillian Hoban, features an anthropomorphic badger named...
Sunday and Monday

Sunday and Monday

The Calvin and Hobbes Lazy Sunday Book by Bill Watterson is one of the few books I’ve kept from my childhood. The book was a compilation of full-color, multi-panel Sunday strips from Watterson’s iconic cartoon, which ran from 1985 to 1995. At one point I had all of...
On Re-Reading

On Re-Reading

At my first parent-teacher conference at my daughter’s kindergarten, one of the newer instructors asked me why my daughter would often re-read books that were “too easy” for her. My daughter was already a strong reader by then. She’d taught herself, although we didn’t...
Idaville

Idaville

I used to think of Encyclopedia Brown mystery stories as logical, serious, and solveable. I probably also believed in a tidy universe. On re-reading, I realize that I was completely and utterly wrong. I missed the humor, I didn’t see the absurdity, and I completely...
Think of England

Think of England

In fourth grade, I read Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 novel The Secret Garden. I owned a mint-green Dell Yearling paperback copy that I must have bought with my allowance money. It was a book that likely inspired my childish love of the idea of England, of the idea...
Books for Another Time

Books for Another Time

As a child, I loved Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie books. I began them when I started third grade. When people ask about formative books, I think first of this series: of these books that I read when I walked around the house, that I carried to the...

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