Celebrating International Children’s Book Day

International Children’s Book Day has been around since 1967. It is observed on April 2, in honor of Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday. I don’t know about you, but I loved books since I was a child. Hans Christian Andersen’s stories, which many Disney movies are based on, were particularly dark. The Little Mermaid certainly doesn’t have the same ending, that’s for sure.

Another book that I loved was I’m in Charge of Celebrations by Byrd Baylor. The wildness of that story reminds me so much of my life now in La Yacata. Perhaps, unconsciously, I strove to replicate it in crafting my middle-aged life? Who knows.

As a mother, my favorite children’s book was Love You Forever by Robert Munsch. It makes me sob. My son didn’t like me to read it to him. Go figure. In fact, I’m crying just thinking about it.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein was one of my favorite’s as a teacher. I read it to my classes in English and in Spanish when we talked about the environment. It certainly got a mixed bag of reactions from my students!

Travels with Grace by Erma Note is my latest children’s book read. Erma Note will be featured in a few days on Content Creative for the A to Z Virtual Book Tour. Be sure to check that out on April 16!

My own contributions to the world of children’s literature are not as spectacular as these that left a lasting impression on me growing up. However, I hope that children with parents or grandparents from our town will cherish them. So in honor of International Children’s Book Day both La Historia de Moroleón para Niños and The History of Moroleon for Kids ebooks are on sale for 99 cents from April 2 until April 6.

What are your favorite children’s books?

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