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What's your favorite book today?

Posted by Susan on February 3, 2010 at 12:00 AM in Recommendations
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What's your favorite book?

That's an impossible question to answer.

Do I mean your favorite book from your childhood? Your favorite book as an adult? The book that most impacted your life? The book you read last week?

It's amazing to see how our tastes change over the years. As a librarian, I can't tell you how many times I've heard: "My child loves this book. It's his favorite." Yes, it's his favorite book right now. But what about last year? What about six months from now?

I Stink.jpgLet me use my own kindergartner as an example. His first favorite book was Fuzzy Fuzzy Fuzzy! because he loved to play with it. Then he moved on to Good Night, Gorilla, Goodnight Moon, and Freight Train. Blue Hat, Green Hat enjoyed a spot on top of the charts too. As he got older, it kept changing. I Stink, Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go and Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel started appearing regularly on his must read pile. He thought Are You Ready to Play Outside? was the funniest book ever and we read that one over and over (and then some.) He's gone through Berenstain Bears, Dr. Seuss, Arthur and Curious George phases (some of which are still going). Dog Train.jpgWhen we were reading Charlotte's Web, he couldn't wait for the next chapter. I asked him today, and he said his favorite books are Rhinoceros Tap, Philadelphia Chickens, Dog Train and Blue Moo... all wonderful books/albums by Sandra Boynton. They've been on the top of his charts for at least three years.

And I've changed my favorites too. In second grade, Cam Jansen was the best thing out there. When I was in fifth grade, I thought there was nothing better than the From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and I wanted to go live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I loved Marjorie Morningstar when I was an angsty teenage. Man Who Walked.jpgAt the time, it felt magical and as if Herman Wouk had written it just for me, but it doesn't resonate as much for me now. If you asked me for my favorite today, I'd say Pride and Prejudice. The interesting thing about that book is that I've understood, appreciated and loved it in different ways at different ages. But, I'd also say that my favorite book today is The Man Who Walked Between the Towers. And as of three months ago, I'd add Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. There's no such thing as one favorite, at least, not for me.

I wrote last week about keeping a book journal and got many wonderful responses. A few people commented that the idea of recording books every single day seemed overwhelming. If that's too much for you, try keeping a favorites journal. Wouldn't it be great to have a record of that?

What phases have you and your children gone through? What worked before that doesn't work anymore? What works now?

And most important, what's your favorite book today?

7 Comments

Gina writes...

My favorite book today is A Wrinkle in Time. I've been reinspired since reading When You Reach Me, which I also loved.

Ama writes...

Wow. That is a difficult question! I think my current favorite is one of the books I'm reading right now: Marcello in the Real World. But, I also just devoured the Percy Jackson books and LOVED The Last Olympian.

Oy. Such a tough question! I think I'll have to borrow it for my blog...

Jane writes...

My favorites are the books where people overcome outer and inner obstacles to become fully realized human beings, capable of great love and great acts of humanity.

So choosing one favorite book would be impossible for me.

Judith writes...

Like I could pick a favorite.

Pam writes...

My favorite book today is Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, because I just read it again with my 10yr old for Mother/Daughter book club and it made me love it all over again. Plus I love the illustrations. Plus plus, I love how happy Grace Lin is over her Newbery honor win - and NY Times bestseller list placement.

Sarah N. writes...

Other books might be favorites for awhile after I've just read them or been reminded of them, but since I first read it at 18, Pride and Prejudice always returns to the top of the favorites list.

Sharon writes...

Favorites for my 3 yr old son are: Something Else by Kathryn Cave, The Snail and the Whale AND The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, Corduroy by Don Freeman, and just about anything with trucks, trains, cranes, heavy equipment in it!
My 2 yr old daughter loves Time for Bed by Mem Fox, Bad Dog Max! by Marina Windsor, Fish Finds a Home (and frog, duck, rabbit Sparkle Books) and anything with Elmo or Rainbow Fish.
For myself, I am rediscovering the Little House on the Prairie books. I just read out loud while the kids play. They know it is a "mama book" without pictures and just listen. We are a bilingual family, so we also read German books

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