Happy for ‘Book-Obsessed’ Kids

by Mallary Tenore Tarpley


(Photo: By Brad Paris/New York magazine)

As I read New York magazine tonight, I couldn’t help but smile when I stumbled across the #50 reason why New York is a city worth loving: “Because Even Our Kids Are Book Obsessed.” The magazine devoted a two-page spread to photos of children holding books and quotes detailing the children’s favorite part of the book(s) they happened to be holding. I adore the photo of the baby and the “Goodnight Moon” book. That was one of my favorite books growing up. The author — Margaret Wise Brown — and I share the same birthday.

It makes me happy when I see mothers and fathers reading to their children. To instill the written word in children is to invite them into a world of imagination and wonder, a world where they can escape from the rigmarole of life and just … be.

What was your favorite book growing up?