Blogger Katie Salo

Staying Power of Childhood Books

I’m reminded today, this Friday the 13th, of the good magic in our lives and of the magic we perform every day by matching kids to books. Actually, I’ve been reminded this whole week!

As one of my favorite movies states:

“When you read a book as a child it becomes part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your life does.”- You’ve Got Mail, 1998

I’ve experienced this phenomenon a number of different ways. This week, our Adult Services department reminiscied about their favorite childhood reads and the favorite reads of their children after the Overdrive announcement that Fancy Nancy: Super Sleuth was the next “Big Library Read”. Their favorites included Tomie de Paola’s Pancakes for Breakfast and Pierre by Maurice Sendak.

Courtesy of the author, originally posted on Instagram.
Courtesy of the author, originally posted on Instagram.
It happened again when I opened up School Library Journal and found my beloved childhood reader series that is being reprinted! I jumped up and immediately was able to recall the opening rhyme that each Magic Castle Reader had: “Come to the magic castle when you are growing tall…”

And lastly — after a frustrating experience with sixth graders in the library last night — I went home to read a YA title that I had enjoyed as an actual teen and spent the night sighing over the cliche romance in its pages. I found comfort in its pages, since nothing can beat the actual tumultuous time of being a teenager!

This magic is alive in your library every day as you put a book in a child’s hands that has the potential to stay with them into adulthood and beyond.

Surely that’s enough to counteract a little bad luck, right?

What are your childhood favorites?

– Katie Salo
Youth Services Manager
Melrose Park Library


  1. Carrie

    My favorite book when I was a child was “Fables” by Arnold Lobel. My favorite fable in that book is “The Hippopotamus at dinner.” 🙂

  2. Kelly Doolittle

    A.A. Milne’s “Winnie the Pooh” was a favorite (still is!) and when I got a little bit older, I just loved “Watership Down” by Richard Adams.

  3. Rosemary Kiladitis

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory still works for me whenever I need a pick-me-up.

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