Connection to NB: grew up in Chipman; currently living in Montreal
Child: Elliott (2 – 2.5 years old)
Since meeting him during our education degree, I’m always curious to get Andrew’s well-said opinions on teaching, music, writing and social topics. As he’s growing his own child now, I’ll share his thoughtful perspectives on literature for youths.
What was your favourite book when you were a child?
The Five Chinese Brothers by Claire Huchet Bishop. I loved this book and borrowed it from the library so many times I don’t think anyone else had a chance to read it. (Between this book and the origin story of Spider-Man, I don’t remember reading many other books as a child.) When you have access to older siblings’ reading material, you mature quickly as a reader and move past simple stories. I was obsessed with the morality and struggles of the characters in this one. The drawings were important but the idea of having special powers was especially appealing to me as a child, and for as long as I can remember it has made stories compelling for me.
What’s a favourite book that you read to Elliott?
Just for You (Little Critter) by Mercer Mayer. This book has it all: Great art that you can take time examining (and finding the spider and cricket) and a funny character. I never get tired of reading this one, and the ability for a story to be read a hundred times is the most important characteristic of a bedtime book.
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What Are Your Favourite Books for Kids? asks people with connections to New Brunswick about children’s books that became special in their lives.