Just as Harry Potter will become the defining read for a generation, we each have books that were the reads of OUR childhood.
Little Women, Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Robinson Crusoe, Swiss Family Robinson, The Prince and the Pauper, Black Beauty, Little House on the Prairie; those were the books of my childhood. We didn’t have Young Adult books as such. We were given the classics to read. Alice in Wonderland, Hans Brinker, Heidi; those are the books I remember. Books with a lesson embedded in the story for you to think about long after the book was finished.
No Twilight with sparkly vampires, no Harry Potter with wizards and witches for us. Our stories featured what could be real children. Children lost on a deserted island in Swiss Family Robinson. Children trading places between a peasant and a future king in The Prince and the Pauper. A boy on a journey of discovery of life in Huckleberry Finn.
Those were wonderful books to read but I’m glad today’s kids get those plus a host of new books to remember their childhoods by. Today’s YA’s and Middle Grade books assume kids are a lot smarter than we used to be. The lessons are still there, but they are subtle and not over-preachy. Enjoy!! Read!! Doesn’t matter what, just read.
What books and stories define your childhood? Jill James