Summer is in full swing, which means everywhere I look, I see friends getting engaged, planning weddings, or having babies. Happily unmarried and childless myself, all of these huge milestones of the people around did get me thinking about my own future. Instead of thinking about when I want to get hitched or how old I want to be when (or if) I become a mother, I couldn't help but focus on one thing: the books from childhood I'm saving for my daughter. What can I say, when you're a bibliophile, books are always on the brain, even when you think of babies.
Growing up, I was a huge reader. From the picture books I enjoyed with my parents at bedtime and the early readers I was proud to get through on my own, to my first chapter books in middle school and the young adult novels I stayed up late into the night reading, I could always be found with my nose in one paperback or another. Since as long as I can remember, books have played a huge role in shaping my life. I can still remember the stories that made me fall in love with reading as a kid, the chapter books that helped me figure out who I was growing up, the teen novels that got me through the toughest times and hardest decisions, and the characters that have stayed with all along the way. Without the books of my childhood, I can say with all certainty, I wouldn't be the adult I am today.
That's why, whenever I think about having children of my own, I wonder not only what kinds of kids they'll be, but what kind of readers they'll be. If I'm lucky enough to have a bookish child like me, here are nine of the books from my childhood I want to pass on to her. Full of inspiration, empowerment, and quality story telling, I hope these books will make my future daughter fall in love with reading just as much as I did. I can just picture the mother-daughter book club now.