I’ve been reading since the teeny age of 5 but had so many books read to me by both parents. My dad was a big reader and it was he who took me to the library to read as a kid. I have so many happy memories of the children’s section where I was able to open up my imagination to new worlds. Now that I’ve all grown up, it makes me so happy to see a kid looking at books or wanting to read from a physical book! You’re never too old or young for a good book, right?
That’s why I still read YA and Children books to this day!
This love made me think about which books I wish had been around when I was a kid so I wouldn’t get the odd look from a parent. Haha!
One of the many things I remember about my childhood is that there weren’t many books read to us about diversity or people with disabilities. The 90s were a completely different time but I still wish a book like ‘I See Things Differently’ had been read to me as I may have been diagnosed with ASD sooner. It’s a beautiful children’s book explaining simply what autism is and some tips for both kids and teachers about how to interact with someone autistic.
You can’t help but love at least one of Matt Haig’s books! I discovered him through his book ‘Reasons To Stay Alive’ which has helped me so much with my mental health. The Truth Pixie is a great way for kids to learn about mental and mindfulness! This book in particular would have made me smile so much as a kid! You get to learn all about the importance of friendship and being yourself which is something I always struggled to do!
I’m currently reading this book and I’m loving it so much! It’s about a young girl called Jemima who knows a lot of random facts about her body but can’t seem to understand it. She can’t get why the human body is so amazing but she feels like nothing. She also gets put into what she calls the ‘Fat Club’. Oof, I totally get Jemima! I felt all of this at school and was also teased for being a bit overweight. Nothing worse than not understanding why you are the way you are! Can’t wait to see what happens!
I’ll be honest with you guys: I’m not a massive fan of Rainbow’s writing style so haven’t finished a couple of her books. That said, I did love Eleanor & Park! There’s nothing more sad than being alone and odd compared to everyone else but then you find someone you connect with. Reading this is like watching a cheesy chick-flick and I loved it! It was so awkward and like a rollercoaster like a typical teenage first relationship should be like! I never experienced much of that but I still managed to adore it and would have loved this when I was 16!
Have you sensed a theme on the books I wish kid!me had read? They’re all about people who are different in some way. I know that I had no clue who I was in school and still don’t really have an identity. What would you identify me as? I’m curious! Anyway, all of Holly’s books are so personal and relatable and I just need to meet her one day!! This was actually the first book of hers that I read and Lottie is everything!
Just like her, I wanted to be normal and wanted to come off my meds to be like everyone else around me. Unfortunately life doesn’t work like that so you’ll have to see what happens to Lottie!
This is more of a book I wish kid!me could have read as a foreshadowing. It’s all about a girl called Lucy who is wanting to spend an amazing summer at Bible Camp with her parents and her boyfriend. The problem is her mum has cancer and this has Lucy questioning herself, the world around her and her faith. Lucy has been me over the last 3 years especially questioning the world about why my mum had to suffer. I still wonder this but I’m slowly coming to accept that He knows what he’s doing so I just have to learn to cope.
Which books do you wish had existed when you were a kid?