By Megan Zapalac
We all have that one book from our childhood that we still think about every now and then. Maybe you still recall something from one of the Little Golden Books, or the Nancy Drew series. Childhood books leave lasting memories into adulthood. Here are some options that you may have never heard of that could leave a lasting impact on your kids.
Bunny and Me by Adele Arron Greenspun and Joanie Schwarz is recommended for kids ages six months to five years. It is a story about a baby and a bunny who are best friends. The book has the most delicate and delightful artistry making it a joy to explore. This makes a perfect gift to tuck in an Easter basket or even attach to a baby shower gift.
The Velveteen Rabbit, written by Margery Williams and William Nicholson in 1922, is about a stuffed rabbit who desires to become real and is recommended for kids ages five to eight. This popular book has gone into reprints dozens of times and is often passages are often quoted by its beloved fans.
For kids ages, nine to eleven, The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson is a good choice. Written in 1884, The Snow Queen is about a boy who is cursed and cannot perceive goodness. A young girl must go on a quest to end his curse and free him from the Snow Queen’s palace. A fun fact about the book is that it was the inspiration for Disney’s “Frozen,” and the evil queen from Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
If you are looking for a series of books, check out the Serendipity series by Stephen Cosgrove. The series is recommended for kids ages six to 11, written between 1974-1987, about animals and other creatures. The books are short with colorful illustrations, all while having moral perspectives. Some recommendations include Serendipity, Flutterby, Buttermilk and Raz Ma Taz.