I have been asked to choose a specialty at the library at which I work — I have the choice between being a Children’s or Young Adult specialist. I am truly torn. Here is a list of writers/books which come quickly to mind when I think of my own childhood reading pleasure… by no means is it exhaustive:
List of writers
Charles Dickens (yes, I know, but I consider Oliver Twist to be children-oriented)
Louisa May Alcott
Mother Goose (as far as I knew back then, she was an actual writer)
P.L Travers (AKA Helen Lyndon Goff)
List of books/series (not necessarily coordinating with the above list)
the Amar Chitra Katha series (Desi parents across the diaspora owe immense homage to this series for making Indian mythological stories accessible and alive for their children.)
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.
the Paddington books
the Mary Poppins books
Little Women (I cried inconsolably when I read what happened to Beth, mystifying my mother)
A Wrinkle in Time
Winnie the Pooh
Are You my Mother
Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!
What Do People Do All Day?
Beezus and Ramona
Anne of Green Gables