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Friday, June 19, 2020

Childhood Favorites...Betty Cavanna

Childhood favorites. Everyone has a favorite book or author from childhood. A book that touched them or changed them. A book that perhaps initiated their love of reading and put them on the path of libraries and learning.

Books: Childhood Favorites is a monthly series focusing on beloved books from the past. 

Donald Zolan, Quiet Time.

I started reading Betty Cavanna books in late elementary school. I was looking for something to read and my mother suggested Betty Cavanna, because she remembered reading her books in the 1950s. This would have been the late 1970s, so bear with me. I'm old.


Betty Cavanna's books appealed to a young 12 year old because they talked about difficulties of adolescence, loneliness, sibling rivalries, mother/daughter/sister relationships. I found them on the shelves of our school library and read one, after another.



Teenagers love coming of age stories, and I was no different.

What about you? What is one of your childhood favorites?

Friday, May 15, 2020

Childhood Favorites...Witch in the House

Childhood favorites. Everyone has a favorite book or author from childhood. A book that touched them or changed them. A book that perhaps initiated their love of reading and put them on the path of libraries and learning.

Childhood Favorites is a monthly series focusing on beloved books from the past. 

Donald Zolan, Quiet Time.

One of my favorite parts of elementary school was the Scholastic Book Orders. I don't remember book fairs, but each month we would bring home a book order and I would circle book after book, wanting to get them all. My mother  always let me get one or two. Back in the 70s these sweet little paperback stories were 75 cents or maybe a dollar. I read them over and over again. I still have many.


One of my favorites was Witch in the House by Ruth Chew, about a girl who finds a witch in her house. The witch sat upside down on the ceiling and ate egg shells, coffee grounds and burnt toast. She took a shower while sitting on the bath mat on the ceiling in the bathroom. The girls would fly on that magic bathmat and that was so cool. Who wouldn't want to do that?

What about you? What is one of your childhood favorites?

Thursday, April 23, 2020

#CoverCrush...Beatrice and Benedick

I will freely admit that I judge books by their covers. The cover is usually what first captures my attention when browsing Goodreads or Netgalley. Actually, in all honesty, it isn't just usually, it's pretty much all the time. The cover determines if I look at the synopsis and reviews.


A pretty girl with a casual updo. A profile. She's looking away, but at what? Who is she? What is her story?

What about you? Any book covers capture your attention this week?

Cover Crush is a weekly series that originated with Erin at Historical Fiction Reader.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Childhood Favorites...Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Childhood favorites. Everyone has a favorite book or author from childhood. A book that touched them or changed them. A book that perhaps initiated their love of reading and put them on the path of libraries and learning.

Childhood Favorites is a monthly series focusing on beloved books from the past. 

Donald Zolan, Quiet Time.

I discovered Charlie and the Chocolate Factory sometime in grade school. I loved it. I loved my hardback book with the pencil illustrations. And chocolate. Willy Wonka, the glass elevator. Grandpa Joe. And chocolate. The naughty kids who all got in trouble and punished in some way.


It was all good fun. Reading it as an adult, is still good fun, but you can see the darker elements. And chocolate. The fact that the family was really starving and destitute. That Willy Wonka probably wasn't a great employer. But, chocolate.


My favorite film version is Gene Wilder's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I like Johnny Depp, but I just can't watch the new version.

What about you? What is one of your childhood favorites?