Many of us have a favorite childhood book. A favorite story can leave an imprint not unlike a favorite flavor or aroma that pulls us back to another place or time. We remember where we read the book, who read the book to us or if we read it alone. The memory is there but sometimes the details get a little fuzzy. It is not unusual for an adult to approach the Children’s Desk with the request, “I hope you can help me, I’m trying to find a book that was read to me when I was a child.” I love those questions because people are looking for books that they once loved and they want to share the book with their child and create new memories.
Sometimes the clues are sketchy but Children’s Librarians, with our knowledge of Children’s Literature, instinct and the internet, attempt to locate the desired book. Even if it’s a title no longer in our collection we may be able to provide the title and author and possible sources for a used copy or we may find a neighboring library with an available copy. Sometimes the remembered details are not sufficient but we enjoy trying because when we find the right title it makes people very happy.
There are of course childhood classics in our collection. Through the years the demand for these titles has remained high and publishers have kept these books in print. Do you see any favorites? Do you have any special book memories?
E Carle The Very Hungry Caterpillar (1969)
E Leaf The Story of Ferdinand (1936)
E Mayer There’s a Nightmare In My Closet (1968)
E McCloskey Make Way For Ducklings (1941)
J Atwater Mr Popper’s Penguins (1938)
J Henry Misty of Chincoteague (1948)
JP L’Engle A Wrinkle In Time (1962)
J Lofting The Story of Doctor Dolittle (1920)