Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: Kid Lit

Hey there, hi there, ho there, Persephoneers! We made it to Wednesday! We can do Wednesdays standing on our heads; we’re just that badass, collectively. 

Today, we’re going to talk about favorite children’s lit. (Aside: My kid lit class was my favorite part of teacher school.)

My choices:

Favorite picture book: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Favorite chapter book: The Westing Game, which is probably not a surprise to anyone who’s been through at least one Middlemarch Madness. (Vote Turtle, 2013!)

By [E] Selena MacIntosh*

Selena MacIntosh is the owner and editor of Persephone Magazine. She also fixes it when it breaks. She is fueled by Diet Coke, coffee with a lot of cream in it, and cat hair.

7 replies on “Lunchtime Poll: Kid Lit”

There was a while in my childhood when I could recite the entirety of several Doctor Seuss books from memory. This was before I could read, so it confused the parents a bit if I corrected them when they would try and skip bits. Why would they try and skip bits you ask? Because my most favorite Doctor Seuss book was Fox in Sox.

As for chapter books, if we go by books I actually read as a child, then Bellmaker by Brian Jacques hands down. Books written for children that I didn’t read until I was a grownup, the A Series of Unfortunate Events books and The Keys to the Kingdom books. Ok, yes, calling out 20 or so books as favorites is probably cheating, but I have a hard time pulling a single book out of a series as a favorite.

“The sun sets in the west. Just about everybody knows that. But Sunset Towers faced east. Strange! Sunset Towers faced east and had no towers. This glittery, glassy apartment building stood alone on the Lake Michigan shore five stories high. Five empty stories high.”

The Westing Game was my favorite, favorite book when I was ten years old. I read it so many times that I still know the introduction by heart (well, I won’t vouch for it being 100% right, but that was almost 30 years ago). Turtle is awesome.

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