Sharing Stories and Memories

This week I asked if there is a book from our youth that we would like to own now. I admit there are several and I am constantly searching used book stores and online for copies of books that I remember fondly, want to read again, and then pass on to my children and future grandchildren. I love how Wyatt gets to excited to read something that I read when I was younger. I enjoy the conversations that follow. The memories that get shared. He thinks it is great that I used to insist on wearing a sunbonnet just like Laura from the Little House series.

About four years ago my children gave me the entire Little House series that I had as a child along with the cookbook. Since then I have read them all at least four times, twice to my youngest. We’re actually making our way through the series together for a third time at his request!

Then last year I finally found The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Harriet Lothrop. I remember reading this book several times when I was younger. I read it right away. It’s still a good book and one that I think Wyatt will enjoy but not one I would read as often as the Little House series.

During the beginning of the pandemic I found the first six Babysitter’s Club books. I was really excited to get those books. I’m certain Wyatt will love them. I have not made time to read them since they have arrived.

There are a few series that I want to find. The Sweet Valley Twins series and all the books and series that followed. They started out in middle school and then the books followed them all the way to college. I don’t recall reading any of the college books but did read the middle school and high school ones.

The book that I really want from my childhood days was a popup book. It was Beauty and the Beast (before Disney’s version). It wasn’t my book. It belonged to my grandma. I remember many days on the farm where it was too cold to go out or too stormy. I would go into the library and pull this book down. Then I would return to the living room and lay down near the fire and flip through it. I thought it was the greatest book! The art was beautiful. I don’t know what happened to that book. It could be that one of my cousins has it but I feel like it was probably one of the many things that we parted with during the estate auction. I have no idea who the book was illustrated by. I’ve been looking for a copy for awhile when I found one that looked like it I got really excited only to see that they were out of stock!

Is there a book that brings back happy memories that you would love to be able to pass down to a new generation?

About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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5 Responses to Sharing Stories and Memories

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I tried sharing my childhood favorites with my kids, but the one that resonated with them was the Boxcar Children. Like me, they loved the idea of kids being independent and figuring out how to survive on their own. ALL of my grandkids are avid readers, which makes my heart happy, even though their tastes differ from mine. Yesterday, I shared a book from my past that I can’t wait to share with my grandkids.

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  2. There will be more on Friday, I think. I really liked the old Boxcar Children, and when my now-teen grandkids read them, I looked into them and they have been updated. I have no idea if they were changed before you read them,Angie.
    I didn’t read The Little House Books until I read them with my sons nearly 30 years ago; only one of the granddaughters get into them.

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  3. Jeff Salter says:

    I think it’s cool that your kids have enjoyed the same books you did (as a kid).
    I hope you’re able to track down that Beauty & Beast book, somehow.
    As for any of those series books, you may find some of them on a FB group that I’m a member of Collecting vintage children’s books.


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