Writers Who Read: Picture Books

No matter how old you get, there is something special about looking at picture books from your childhood. Tales that are timeless and ones that can be revisited over and over again hold a special place in a person’s heart. For some, these short stories are where their love for books and reading began. Notable picture books that many people enjoy and are very well-known are Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, and any Dr. Seuss book. The list goes on and on and everyone has their own favorite childhood picture books, such as my favorites below.

Bubba, The Cowboy Prince by Helen Kettemen

It is a Cinderella story in reverse. On a Texas ranch, Bubba lives with his mean stepfather and stepbrothers. He is pushed around and forced to do all of the work on the ranch by his family. Neighbor, Miz Lurleen, another rancher in Texas decides to throw herself a party to find a prince. Unfortunately, as in the traditional story, Bubba is made to stay home. However, with a little luck and a fairy godcow, Bubba is transformed into the cowboy prince that Miz Lurleen was looking for. Bubba, The Cowboy Prince gives a western flair to a timeless tale that is loved by many.

Miss Nelson is Missing! by Harry Allard and James Marshall

Published in 1977, Miss Nelson is Missing! Is a novel that is still attracting new readers of all ages. Kindhearted, first-grade teacher Miss Nelson’s students are out of control. They are throwing paper planes through the air and disrespecting Miss Nelson with everything they do.  To try and get the students in line, Miss Nelson decides something must be done and doesn’t show up to school one day. In her place, Miss Viola Swamp, the meanest substitute around, taught the class. Miss Swamp’s strict rules, extra homework, and no story hour quickly change the students’ misbehavior. After a few days of Miss Swamp, Miss Nelson returns and reveals to the children that she was actually Miss Swamp, just dressed in disguise. Perfect to be read at any point during school, Miss Nelson is Missing! reinforces the theme of respect for others.

You Are Special by Max Lucado

One of the four Wemmick stories by Christian writer Max Lucado, You Are Special tells the story of a small, wooden Wemmick, Punchinello. Wemmicks are created by Eli, the woodcarver (who represents God). in Wemmicksville. Each Wemmick is created with its own looks and personality. However, Punchinello doesn’t believe he is good enough and isn’t special. This belief comes from the impression Punchinello receives from other Wemmicks. Each day, Wemmicks will place a gold star or gray dot on each other, displaying their worth. However, through Eli’s wisdom and Punchinello’s close walk with Eli, Punchinello learns that he truly is special and that there is no one like him. You Are Special is the perfect reminder for people of all ages that you are loved and unique.

It is always nostalgic to read books from our childhood, stories that never get old and can be passed down from generation to generation.






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