Big stories for small people: A reflection on books from my childhood

Take a minute and think back to when you were a little kid. Did you have a favourite book? Was there one story that your parents had memorized because you asked for it to be read so often? These short stories for tiny people might appear simple and easy to write; however, I would argue they take a great deal of skill to create. The authors breathe life into colourful characters of all shapes and sizes, and for that, they deserve some credit and applause. February 1-7 is Children’s Authors and Illustrators week, and so I would like to use this post to celebrate a few special books, and their creators, from my early childhood.

Whether or not these particular books were part of your life growing up, I hope that this post has led you on a trip down memory lane or given you a look into the window of your past self. Was there a book that came to mind while you were reading? If so, find the book at home or sign it out at the library and read it again. Take it home and share it with your roommates, or sign out a few other kids’ books as well and tell the librarian you’re babysitting. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find a new favourite.

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