Today we conclude our tour of the Unruly Library with the little bookcase from my childhood nursery.
My mom must’ve known she had a little reader on the way, because she made sure there was a bookcase by my bed from the very beginning. (And she read aloud to me in the womb, which we both have always believed contributed enormously to how I turned out.)
Because it feels right, my children’s books—the ones that have survived year after year of librarian-like weeding cycles—are shelved in my childhood bookcase.
Here’s a list of the authors who dominate my childhood bookshelves, listed in the order in which I read them…
- Beverly Cleary
- Lois Lowry
- Louise Fitzhugh
- Madeleine L’Engle
- Gordon Korman
- Paula Danziger
- Jean Webster
And then we have a handful of mass market paperbacks from my high school years, when I read everything by Richard Bach and Catherine Marshall.
But my favorite book on the shelf is the most re-read book of my entire life: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. I finally bought a hardcover, because my paperback literally fell apart.
This bookcase just makes me happy.
What are the most-loved books of your childhood?