I was reminded of children’s books this week because March 2 is the birth date of Theodor Seuss Geisel, Dr. Seuss. His books have entertained my daughters and my granddaughters. The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, which is written in prose rather than verse, was a book that I read as a child, but most of the Dr. Seuss books I know are ones that I read to my children.
I took this photo of two books that I’ve had since I was a kid and were a big part of my childhood reading. The blue book is Old Bones the Wonder Horse by Mildred Mastin Pace. This book was the first book I remember my mother reading to me and my brothers at bedtime. We got to hear a chapter every night. The light orange book is No Children No Pets by Marion Holland. This book is the first book I remember reading myself as a second grader. Although I didn’t know all the words, I was able to figure them out by the context. These books helped form my love of reading and later my urge to write my own stories.
I am sad to learn that reading has declined in the United States. You can read some statistics in this article. I hope we can work to reverse this trend.
I have several of my older Love Inspired books to give away to those who leave a comment. You can see the list of my books here.
What is your favorite childhood book? What is your favorite Dr. Seuss book?