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We’re Thankful for Good Books

Like everyone else, at this time of year we are more aware than usual of the people, things, and moments that make us grateful. Last year, we asked our friends on social media about their favorite books, authors, and illustrators. This year, we did the same thing.

When we asked our readers to name their favorite novel or their favorite picture book, the answers ranged from the books we expected to titles that were happy surprises.

Picture books seemed to fall into two categories: the classic and the contemporary.

For the classic, fans mentioned Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Goodnight Moon, Make Way for Ducklings, The Giving Tree, Blueberries for Sal, and The Velveteen Rabbit. 

In contemporary picture books, we were not surprised to see Pete the Cat and Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus mentioned, but we couldn’t have guessed that Rodeo Red, How Full is Your Bucket? for Kids, and Double Trouble in Walla Walla would be listed as favorites!

When it came to novels, some readers just shared titles (Tuck Everlasting and Harry Potter were among those), while others were a little more specific and told us why they were thankful for their favorite books. Here are  a few of those answers.

Elizabeth Van Aulen: Either The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (which was favorite book as a kid) or The Giver (which is one of my favorites now).

Jenny Garwood Lately, Fish In a Tree. It has really made me think and examine the way I treat my students as a teacher.

Lisa Preschle Finlayson Anne of Green Gables. I loved to escape into her world, every books’ worth of it.

Christi Wright Johnson Anything Stephen King! I wasn’t an avid reader until my mother took me to the library and told me I was old enough (I was 12) to choose whatever I wanted to read. I chose a King novel (Christine) and was instantly hooked!

I did read at school and my favorite was Are You There God, It’s me Margaret, but reading was more of a chore or expectation. King changed that!

What book are you most thankful for? Will you read it this Thanksgiving weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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