Well, occasionally I do, especially ones that capture my attention and bring me back to my youth. No, I haven’t gone back to reading Dr. Seuss books or anything like that (although I do love those books). When I first started at FRL, I would spend time shelving children’s books. Shelving, for me, is the best way of knowing what our library has to offer. I find things I would never have found otherwise, and most of the time that’s a good thing! One children’s author/illustrator I’ve come to love is Peter McCarty.
Peter McCarty has written only a few books, such as the Caldecott Honor Award winning “Hondo and Fabian“, “T is for Terrible“, “Little Bunny on the Move“, and a new one, “Henry in Love“. “Hondo and Fabian” is the first one that I read. Very simple story lines, wonderful and simply drawn illustrations, and just a simple sense of overall innocence, as well as a hint of sadness that certain books can bring. For me, it brings back something from my youth that I no longer have, and that is a sense of wonder and imagination. Who knows? Maybe I’m just jealous of anyone who can write or draw, as I have not one artistic bone in my body! I think it just makes me realise that the most wonderful things in life are simple; just like these children’s books.