by Erin Sherry, Spring 2018 Intern
As a creative writing major pursuing a career in publishing, it might not come as a surprise that books have always been important to me. From memorizing P.D. Eastman’s Go, Dog. Go! at age two to penning whole volumes of fan fiction inspired by Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart trilogy in middle school, I still carry the childhood books I loved most close to my heart.
Thankfully, I’m not the only member of the PSG team who still harbors a soft spot for their favorite children’s books. Don thinks Theodor Geisel was a genius, and is a longtime fan of the lesser-known Seuss stories, especially On Beyond Zebra! He first read Stephen King’s The Stand when he was “tween-ish,” and finds himself returning to it again and again. Kate devoured Gail Carson Levine’s Ella Enchanted “dozens of times,” and loved imagining herself in Ella’s shoes so much that the 2004 movie didn’t quite live up to her expectations.
Though she hasn’t read them in a while, Nora says she was obsessed with “anything and everything” Winnie the Pooh growing up, and that A.A. Milne’s stories still mean a lot to her. Tess loved Barbara Cooney’s charming illustrations in Elinor Lander Horwitz’s When the Sky is Like Lace, and Colleen still remembers shedding more than a few tears at the hands of Wilson Rawls’s Where the Red Fern Grows.
If you’re like the PSG staff, the books you loved most in childhood never really leave you. What are some of your favorites?