Starting Kids on the Path to Reading
Recommendation: The Lightning Thief

Children's Books as Comfort Reading

Today I ran across a fun post on the Shorty PJs blog. Mary Brennan writes about "comfort reading". Or, as she puts it:

"More specifically, comfort reading in the form of kiddie books that made you feel all flannel-y inside, back when you were only worried about putting your clothes on right-side-out and getting your shoes on the proper foot."

Mary includes a list of ten of her own favorites, and asks readers for suggestions. Be sure to read the comments - there are lots of wonderful old favorites listed there. My favorite from Mary's list is Mary Poppins. My favorite from other people's comments would have to be a toss-up between Pippi Longstocking and Anne of Green Gables (both about red-headed, spunky heroines, now that I think about it).

Mary's article is likely to make you want to cancel all of your plans for the weekend, and curl up on the couch with some favorite children's books. If you like this idea, you might also enjoy my earlier article about Why You Should Read Children's Books as an Adult. Comfort reading should be added to that list as reason # 11. Happy Reading -- Jen

© 2009 by Jennifer Robinson of Jen Robinson's Book Page. All rights reserved.