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

A.A. Milne

Astrid Lindgren

Betty Smith

Beverly Cleary

C.S. Lewis

Charles Dickens (yes, I know, but I consider Oliver Twist to be children-oriented)

Dr. Seuss

Judy Blume

L.M. Montgomery

Lois Lowry

Louisa May Alcott

Madeline L’Engle

Mary Norton

Michael Bond

Mother Goose (as far as I knew back then, she was an actual writer)

Natalie Babbitt

P.D. Eastman

P.L Travers (AKA Helen Lyndon Goff)

Peggy Parish

Richard Scarry

Roald Dahl

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