Some of Stephani's favorite books for young readers
Since I was a child, so many books have been published that I love to share with young readers. While I love lots of different types of stories, I tend to gravitate to those with a strong sense of family and history. Here are a few of my favorites:
Young Stephani's favorite books from childhood
My parents read lots of stories to me before I could read. Some favorites I remember were Robert McCloskey’s Make Way for Ducklings and Blueberries for Sal. My grandmother had blueberry bushes in her backyard, and I always felt a bit like little Sal out there with my bucket.
Don Freeman’s Corduroy inspired me to make overalls for my teddy bear.
And Tomie dePaola’s Strega Nona was a family favorite–he was from the same Connecticut town as most of my family.
Small Pig by Arnold Lobel was the first book I ever read by myself. My mom and I had a lot in common with the farmer’s wife and the pig in those days. She’d come clean-up, or insist that I clean up, the mess I loved so much.
Charlotte’s Web is still one of my most beloved books.
As a kid, I resembled Beverly Cleary’s Ramona Quimby to the extent that a kid in elementary school told me I should play her if they ever made a movie. Of course, by the time they did make the movie, I was too old to be Ramona.
And Little Women’s Jo affirmed all my passion for writing as well as my quick temper.
In Anne of Green Gables, I found a much-needed friend.
As I got older, I found books like Katherine Paterson’s Bridge to Terabithia. I still can’t read the end without sobbing.
I might have gotten into a bit of trouble rummaging through a relative’s suitcase after reading Louise Fitzhugh’s Harriet the Spy.
When I was in third grade, I checked out Judy Blume’s Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing more than any other book from the library, just so I’d be ready for the next year.
But it was books like Mildred D. Taylor’s Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Anne Frank: the Diary of a Young Girl, and The Witch of Blackbird Pond that ignited my love for history—specifically its impacts on individuals. I was fortunate enough to share these works with students when I became a teacher.