It’s difficult to remember, nearly twenty years later, how Roald Dahl appealed to me as a young reader. But one thing I can say for certain is that the very mention of his name conjures up scenes of a very young me sitting on the floor of the library, between the shelves, devouring one of his many books. In fact, a few years ago, while walking through the children’s section of my local bookstore, I found James and the Giant Peach and promptly pulled it off the shelf, sat down Indian-style right where I stood, and opened its pages.
As adults, it’s easy to forget how hard it was being a kid. We scoff when our kids lament about how unfair life always is, and when we reach to embrace them, we are sometimes shoved away. That’s where books come in.
Roald Dahl’s stories catapulted me into a world of adventure, where kids just like me came out as heroes, despite their less than fortunate circumstances. I learned very quickly that no matter what inconsistencies I faced, I could count on a Roald Dahl book to make me feel warm and belonged.
What were some of your favorite stories and authors, and which ones will you be sharing with your young readers? Share with us in a comment below!