I have a couple different collections. Metal souvenir lapel pins from places I’ve visited, various vases and planter pots, artwork. But the one thing that I’ve always questioned was my collection of children’s illustrated books.
The reason I’m questioning myself over this collection is that I do not know if I want kids.
I have always been on the fence, leaning one way one day, and the other way the next. I have always been told I would be a great mom, and I enjoy children, especially teaching them art. People frequently ask me if I have any kids and I always respond sheepishly that I only have a fur-baby (Winnie the corgi).
My indecision seems to stem, at least I hypothesize, from whatever partner I have at the time. I remember thinking that I would definitely want kids with a significant other, but then I would move on to another and think noooo waaaaay.
Now I imagine myself adopting some day, if I have my way. But I am a long ways away from it. Even still, my mind could change! I’m with a wonderful partner now and I have dreams of us being great parents, I continue to myself, “Nah, I don’t want kids. Yes, I do. No. Yes. No. What is wrong with me!?”
Nothing. Nothing is wrong with me.
I’m 25, going on 26 in 2016, and I don’t have to decide right now if I want children. Sure, my mother was my age when I was born, and my father even younger. But I am not my parents, this is a new generation with people having children at older ages after they have established jobs and homes.
If I ever have kids, I’m sure I’ll be happy. Just like if I never have kids, I won’t regret the decision and will be equally happy. For now, I simply wonder why I have children’s books.
And the real reason is…:
Because they are beautiful.
Saint George & the Dragon, by Margaret Hodges and illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
My favorite illustrator is Trina Schart Hyman and I’m trying to collect most of the books she has done. Saint George and the Dragon was, by far, my favorite book while in grade school. Every week I would check a new book out and I would check this one out with it.
Zak’s Lunch, by Margie Palatini and illustrated by Howard Fine
Super funny and extravagant. And you will be starving to eat lunch after you read!
The Very Quiet Cricket, by Eric Carle
Most people know him for The Very Hungry Caterpillar, but this tale is my favorite of his children’s stories. I especially love the ending, and the illustration of a Lunar Moth.
One Odd Old Owl, by Paul S. Adshead
Ask my parents and they will tell you, One Odd Old Owl was my absolute favorite book as a child. It was the first book I read out loud to my family, and it has a great puzzle with hidden messages in each page.
People, by Peter Spier
I laugh at the first page now because it talks about how there are 6 billion people in the world. Needless to say, this book is a little out of date, but the illustrations and the message it tells will never get old.
Pegasus, retold by Marianna Mayer and illustrated by Kinuko Y. Craft
My favorite version of one of my favorite Greek/Roman mythological epics. The illustrations look like classic oil paintings, so soft, yet vibrant.
The Ship That Sailed to Mars, by William Timlin
I own another story by Shaun Tan and it is wonderfully illustrated, this one is much more detailed than the one I own, but just as wonderfilled.
The Mitten, by Jan Brett
The Lion & the Mouse, by Jerry Pinkney
3 Books by Aaron Becker: Journey, Quest, & Return
Chalk, by Bill Thomson
Sidewalk Flowers, by JonArno Lawson and illustrated by Sydney Smith
Buster Catches a Cold, by Hisako Madokoro and illustrated by Ken Kuroi
Ignis, by Gina Wilson and illustrated by P. J. Lynch
Another dragon tale! I love me some dragons. I actually bought this when I was in high school when I volunteered for a elementary book drive. The cover just called to me, and then the story reminded me of one I wrote in first grade about finding your spark.