As a book lover, I have a very long list of favorites. I still have books from when I was 3 or 4 that I like to share with preschoolers today. Stories like Walt Disney’s “The Penguin Who Hated the Cold” by Barbara Brenner and “Ms. Suzy” by Miriam Young teach lessons of gratitude, loyalty and perseverance.
On my annual summer getaway to the ocean, I take Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s “Gifts from the Sea” along. It’s a collection of essays she wrote during her summer getaways by the seaside and it never fails to relax and center me while challenging me to assess the thoughts and motivations that affect my life.
“Bird by Bird” by Anne Lamott appealed to me in another way. As an author’s perspective on writing, it helped me transition from journaling and schoolwork to writing for readers. It was the first book to teach me about plot and character development and its honesty about its writing process and struggles is always an encouragement to me.