JM Ledwell (@MiyakosWorld): I have loved Raggedy Ann since I could talk and walk, how awesome that I could take my beloved friend of the storybook world read to me by my Nanny, around with me everywhere? I had the dolls-like 18! She’s still my favorite story. I love the drawings by Johnny Gruelle.
My mom read Lewis Carroll’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND to me when I was in first grade. Instantly, it became my favorite book. Even when Mom and I weren’t reading it, I would go grab the book and flip through the beautiful illustrations by John Tenniel. I have this vivid memory of staring at the picture of Alice holding the pig/baby. I had a baby brother at the time, so I think the concept of him turning into a pig sporting a bonnet somehow caught the absurd part of my imagination. Now, I read the book to my children, and it still has so many “go to” phrases for me as an adult. For example, I’m NOT a morning person, so when the only time to write is between five an seven in the morning, and I have a ton of revising or writing to do, I brew some very strong coffee and remind myself that the Queen always did “six impossible things before breakfast.”
Amy Fae (@amyfaejanuary): Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss. And I liked to read it with parents, grandparents, whoever I could “trick” into it.