Saturday, March 05, 2011
Favourite Authors from my childhood
On my blog previously, I'd always tried to maintain a regular feature highlighting amazing and inspiring women but after several (fascinating!) guest posts, the feature kind of fizzled out. I'm really going to do my best to keep it going this time, with Saturdays being dedicated to profiles of individual women, fictional characters and to mix things up, some interviews with some incredible bloggers/authors. This week, I'll be kicking it all off again with a little look at some of my favourite authors growing up! I do really hope you enjoy this new feature of mine and would love to hear from you if you're interested at all in participating.
Beatrix Potter - Who didn't grow up with the beautiful illustrations of Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck? I loved the stories and the pictures. I love that my boys have taken an interest in the books of Beatrix Potter as well. Childhood just doesn't seem the same without these books.
Gertrude Chandler Warner - Oh, The Boxcar Children. How much did I love that series? My favourite will always be the first book. Especially, the bit at the end, when there is an illustration of the boxcar after it had been moved into the Grandfather's back garden? For many, many years I wanted to LIVE in that illustration. There's a place in my heart that *still* does.
Beverly Cleary - Growing up in Oregon, I was always constantly surrounded by Beverly Cleary's books (Beverly too is an Oregonian!). I adored her Ramona books something terrible. I'd carry them around with me and read them again and again until the books were near falling apart. And I still have them with me.
Ann M. Martin - Oh, how my father hated The Babysitter's Club! He always tried to push me into reading classics or books that he felt were more 'important' but I always thought, as long as I'm reading, who cares? I still feel that way. And I've always had a soft spot for The Babysitter's Club. I always wanted a group of friends like in these books, so I could feel like I belonged. I still crave that.
Frances Hodgson Burnett - I remember my dad taking me to a bookstore in the mall in order to spend some of my birthday money. He convinced me that I *needed* this pretty hardback copy of Frances Hodgson Burnett's stories. And, oh he was right. I absolutely adored both The Secret Garden and A Little Princess
Judy Blume - I'd think that Judy Blume had a big influence on quite a few childhoods! I never read her books for older children/teens (like Forever!) until I was much, more older. No, it was her books for younger readers that I loved so much. Especially her Fudge books - Tales of A Fourth Grade Nothing had me in stitches.
SE Hinton - In eighth grade, wonderfully, one of the required texts for us all to read was The Outsiders. The book really, really knocked me on my ass. It really made me think and feel and all these years later, and I still think about it sometimes. It's a book that I never tire of re-reading. I think 'Nothing Gold Can Stay' will always be my favourite poem, because of this book. I have read other books by SE Hinton, all of which I loved, but didn't come close to the love I have for The Outsiders.
These are MY favourite childhood authors. Who are yours?