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I get to take a break from Technology today and tell you about my 2 favorite children’s books as part of Blog for Books. Blog for Books is a special day to raise awareness about childhood illiteracy and support Little Rock Twestival 2009.

Our local tweetup group, LRTweetup, is hosting a fundraiser for Reach Out and Read Arkansas next Thursday and we are blogging as a community to show our support.

Today I celebrate the books that helped make me a lifelong reader.

My Favorite Books

It took me forever to remember the title but I finally found this now vintage book that my parents were forced to read to me a thousand times.

The Crows of Pearblossom by Aldous Huxley

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This book doesn’t fit the profile of sweet morality tales and my wife said that it explains a lot about what’s wrong with me. I don’t care if I’m weird, I love this book.

The book tells the story of 2 married crows trying to hatch an egg but they are foiled by hungry and ruthless rattlesnake. Mrs. Crow demands that her husband kill the snake but he thinks there has to be a better way. Mr. Crow gets some help from his friend Mr. Owl and let’s just say the snake gets what’s coming.

The Crows of Pearblossom is apparently out of print but some dear soul scanned the book into Flickr so you can enjoy this wonderful tale. The illustrations by Barbara Cooley are magnificent. This book is a real treasure and I know you’ll love it.

For more info check out the Crows of Pearblossom on Wikipedia, read the book via Flickr, or order your copy from Amazon.

The other book I absolutely love is a favorite of millions

A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

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If kids could only read books from 2 authors I think Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein would suffice. It is a tribute to the genius and humanity of Shel that to this day I love his books. So much so that my wife got me “Runny Babbit” for an anniversary present a few years ago and I read it cover to cover. It’s one of the most thoughtful gifts I’ve ever received. I make no apologies for being a big kid.

One of my favorite poems from this book is “Wavy”

I thought that I had wavy hair
Until I shaved. Instead,
I find that I have straight hair
And a very wavy head.

I can remember this poem and illustration 20 years later.

All of his work is fantastic and your kids will grow up to be heartless and humorous if you don’t get them his books.

Grateful

I’ve been blessed mightily in my life and having parents that made reading a priority is something for which I’m eternally grateful. I’ve loved reading all my life and can’t imagine a life without loving words, language, and books. This is why I’m supporting Reach Out and Read Arkansas and Twestival. Please join the fight at LRTweetup.com and find the details of the event at LRTweetup.com/Twestival

What is a book that you loved as a child?

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