Good Recommendations

Our question today was: what books have your children introduced you to?

My kids and I have always been big readers, and we still are. However, our tastes in literature vary tremendously. As the children grew older the differences became more pronounced. At present my older son reads heavy sci/fi, religious writings by the founders of the church, and some really technical books on computers. I don’t usually enjoy that type of book. My younger son likes to read books about history, especially biographies of famous Americans such as John Adams and Benjamin Franklin. I do like most of those, but sometimes he picks books where the details are a bit too dense for me.

Usually when they were small I found things for us to read together, but there are a few things that stand out that the boys found first. One that I remember was called The Indian in the Cupboard. In that book a small plastic Indian is locked into a metal box with a special key that transforms him into a living, breathing man from another time in history. I enjoyed seeing the friendship between the boy and the Indian develop.

Another good choice was The Velveteen Rabbit, a story about how toys become Real. I loved this one so much I bought one for my granddaughter when she came along.

Another really cute one was Bunnicula. In this story Harold the dog and Chester the cat are suspicious of the new family pet, a bunny with unusual habits and fangs. They decide he is a vampire and set out to save the family from Bunnicula.

My students at school often recommended books to me. One author they liked was Cynthia Voigt, who was a Newberry award. They also recommended Twilight to me. I read Cynthia Voigt and Twilight as well.

What about you? Have you possibly read anything my children recommended?

About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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8 Responses to Good Recommendations

  1. Newberry winners are going to be mentioned in my post, Elaine.I have found many of them to be quite good reading for adults.


  2. Jeff Salter says:

    Sounds like you picked up several good ones along the way.


  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Indian in the Cupboard was part of the fourth grade curriculum when I taught elementary students. Velveteen Rabbit and Bunnicula are Easter favorites. I love historical fiction, but I agree – when the details overtake the story, I lose interest.


    • Elaine Cantrell says:

      They really were good, weren’t they? Steve wants me to read a biography of John Adams, but it’s one that I got bogged down in.


  4. My older brother loved The Indian in the Cupboard. I remember he was excited when the movie came out and he made us all watch it with him.
    I have enjoyed The Velveteen Rabbit and my youngest loves Bunnicula, he even dressed up as Bunnicula one year for Halloween.


  5. Elaine Cantrell says:

    That’s a great costume choice. I wish my grandchildren were young enough to be involved that way.


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