Day 4: Thursday

Books About Being A Child

Written by: Snow

Believe it or not, being a kid can be a lonely, isolating experience. These books hold up a mirror to childhood and let kids feel like there is someone out there who understands them.

1. The Alfie Treasury by Shirley Hughes: There are so many Alfie stories, I am selecting every single one written and illustrated by Shirley Hughes as my favorites, because they are all that good. Each story features Alfie and his family in a variety of domestic adventures, from the magic of sleeping out of doors to the average children's birthday party, where the guest of honor is a total beast and the mother is mortified by his behavior. These characters are real and honest, and delightful.

2. Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild! by Mem Fox: Speaking of being honest, what mom hasn't had one of those days where you JUST need to get a few things done? Is it too much to ask for your little one to not spill paint all over your important documents, not burst the pillow at the seams, just lay down and take a nap....???? This story portrays Harriet, who is just being a child and her mother, who actually loses her temper. This book will show children that your mom can lose her temper and still love you.

3. Amber was Brave, Essie was Smart by Vera B. Williams: A working mom and a dad in prison, this is a reality for many children. Williams avoids the usual formula of setting up characters for us to feel sorry for. If anything you will come away from the story of Amber and Essie with a greater appreciation of your own life. In all of the tales, these sisters rely on each other, making it a great books for siblings.

4. Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost True Stories of Growing up Scieszka by Jon Scieszka: What does it take to make a funny author? Well, it helps to have a childhood like Jon Scieszka. From calling the "bad boys home" on his younger siblings while babysitting to feeding the baby cigarette butts, this book is full of hilarious vignettes that will keep both kids and adults in stitches.


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