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I first saw this idea on Abby the Librarian’s blog, who saw it on a Fuse #8 Production, who saw it on post at Ten Block Wall. I thought I’d give it a shot because there are so many times I think to myself, Damn, I wish I had that book when I was younger.

From Betsy’s post excerpted on Abby’s post:
The Premise: You have a time machine. In this time machine you may take seven books. Your mission is to visit yourself, in the past, and to give yourself the books you wish you would have read as a kid. They can be old books or new books, it doesn’t matter. But they must be books you’ve run across as an adult, loved, and you know would have appealed to (or been good for) little you.

Keeping it down to seven was tough, but here goes.

Picture 1Ages 2- 5

I am quite sure I would have fallen in love with any book illustrated by Christopher Denise, but I think I would have developed a particular fondness for Oliver in Oliver Finds His Way by Phyllis Root. Besides being immediately smitten with the utterly adorable Oliver, I was a bit of a scaredy cat and might have benefitted from reading about a little risk taking with a happy ending 🙂


Picture 2Ages 6-9

I wanted to be a park ranger when I was 7, so I feel like Deborah Ruddell’s recent collection of poems in A Whiff of Pine, A Hint of Skunk would have had me entranced for hours and I would have most likely memorized every poem and recited them as I went on “hikes” through my suburban neighborhood. I also know for a fact that I would have fallen head over heels for the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.


Picture 3Ages 10-12

Considering this was my most self conscious phase (and rightly so, I was an awkward little thing), I definitely would have handed my 12 year old self The Goats by Brock Cole. This is one of my favorites of all time and while it is a bit older than the others I am listing, I didn’t encounter it until I was an adult. I was riding on Chicago’s blue line and actually started to cry halfway through the book. I think the younger Kate would have appreciated being reminded that despite the sudden bleakness of adolescence, there is still plenty of empathy and beauty in the world. Similarly, I think the more recent The Kind of Friends We Used to Be by Frances Oroark Dowell would have shed some light on the utterly bewildering behavior of some of my peers and would have perhaps lessened the sting of the fallout of some bad friendships.

Picture 4Ages 13-15

Sarah Dessen, Sarah Dessen, Sarah Dessen. I wish I could bring all of her books with me on this time journey, but since I can’t, I think I’d take Just Listen. While I don’t share Annabel’s most traumatic experience, I could have definitely related to her struggle for perfection while feeling like a complete odd duck. Plus, I never really let myself explore the genre of romance when I was this age for fear that my stupid brothers would get their hands on my books and make fun of me. They swear up and down today that such a thing would have *never* occurred, but I have my doubts. I’d make sure to hide this one under the mattress.

Picture 5Ages 16-17

Hands down, Audrey Wait! by Robin Brenway, if only to get my seventeen year old self to stop taking everything. SO. DAMN. SERIOUSLY. I mean, lighten up, kid, it only gets better from here, I promise 🙂


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