A New Series: A Few of My Favorite Things – Children’s Books

36508c690c949c26705f060043651d2fA Collection of Children’s Books

Growing up I was fortunate because I was surrounded with books….books my father collected, and children’s books he often brought home at the end of the day. I remember with great affection my mother sitting in her chair at the breakfast room table reading to me. If only I had noted the day I suddenly became too big and slipped off her lap that last time, taking my books with me. What were we reading? One of the classics, Peter Pan perhaps?


To this day, I read, and it began with wonderful children’s books that lined my bedroom book shelves. Giving my collection of children’s books away last year when we moved, even to grandchildren, was a wrenching experience. The famous modern day illustrators like Michael Hague, Jan Britt, and others like them, tethered me to the years of taking my allowance and buying a book, of dusting and rearranging my bookshelves, to my mother’s voice. We endow our books with our own invisible ephemera that makes them priceless, even if carelessly tossed aside by the next generation. Thank goodness, nothing takes away the memory of one of our favorite things, the books we loved while growing up.


About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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4 Responses to A New Series: A Few of My Favorite Things – Children’s Books

  1. What a lovely memoire, Stepheny. I also had books surrounding me, but mostly from the library, where my parents and i went every Saturday morning. We were all great readers. Did you ever read The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew? A favorite of my son’s was My Father’s Dragon.

  2. mudpilewood says:

    I know what you mean about the wrench of leaving your favorite childhood books behind. When I left home I left a lot of my favorite books there and was surprised to discover some of them survived and are still in use by grandchildren.

  3. I have an early memory of books. My mom had to care for us five children on her own since my father died so I don’t have any early memories of her reading to us but I do remember a time when I went to stay with cousins for a weekend and we went to their local library. This had to be before I started school because I would have known about libraries but I didn’t. Not only did my cousins get to check out books, I picked a book that I could use while I was staying with them. Great times.

  4. pbmgarden says:

    Books certainly enrich our lives. Lovely remembrance.

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