Today I am sharing my favorite childhood book. I grew up reading a lot of books! I have my grandmother to thank for that. She would take me and my brother to the bookstore when we were kids to pick out any book we wanted to read. I would stay up late in my room reading even after bedtime. That usually meant keeping my bedroom lights off and using a flashlight underneath my covers so my parents would never know. (Although I am sure they do, they are pretty smart!)
My favorite childhood book is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. I love this book for a few reasons:
- Shel Silverstein was one of my favorite authors growing up if you can tell from my Day 21: Favorite Books post. The Giving Tree has a unique style of design, writing and overall appeal that most children’s books lacked. It stood out from the others.
- Shel’s minimalist illustrations throughout the book are beautiful yet so simple. I used to try to color in the drawings in my copy of this book when I was little!
- The relationship between the boy and the tree and what it represented to me. The tree provides “selfless love” to the boy throughout his life up until he is an old man. This story resonated with me as a tale of friendship and putting yourself before others.
What is your favorite childhood book?