May 27, 2021
As children, we grew up in a world free to discover the world through the pages of a book.
But what about the kids today? The next generation who won't have an opportunity to explore a world of wonder in the pages of a book? What fun adventures we had as children reading Tom Swift Jr., Raggedy Ann, and Dr. Seuss.
Dr. Seuss books are remembered for their playful rhymes and quirky personalities, with names like the Lorax and the Sneetches, and live in towns like Whoville. His poems are fun for the whole family.
Dr. Seuss said it best in his children's book, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go."
Pick up a Tom Swift Jr. book, and the possibilities are infinite. Tom Swift is the central character of American teenage science fiction and adventure stories stressing science, invention, and technology.
If you would like to start at the beginning The Complete Tom Swift J. Home Page is an excellent place for information on all 38 volumes, the inventions, and more. The author Victor Appleton wrote these adventure series starting in 1910 up until 1971.
Revisit classic tales with your young ones about America's most loved doll—Raggedy Ann
Raggedy Ann was created out of adversity. The author John Barton Gruelle (1880-1938) conceived the Raggedy Ann stories to amuse his sick little girl, Marcella Delight Gruelle, who was attached to a rag doll she had discovered in her grandmother's house. Marcella died in 1915 at 13; soon after Gruelle started recording the stories for a book.
Johnny Gruelle also illustrated the Raggedy Ann books he wrote. Gruelle started his professional life as an artist and cartoonist for Indianapolis newspapers.
John was exposed to art and literature at an early age. His father, Richard, was a self-taught portrait and landscape painter. These early experiences added to the beauty of his illustrations in Raggedy Ann.
"Fairyland must be filled with rag dolls, soft, loppy rag dolls who go through all the beautiful adventures found there, nestling in the crook of a dimpled arm."
—from "Raggedy Ann Stories," by Johnny Gruelle, 1918
When reading the books you loved as a child to your children, you could travel the world, meet interesting people and solve a mystery or just giggle together at the antics the characters got into.
Reading is fun! Get started rebuilding your own collection of vintage books you loved as a child today. Browse the Vintage Children's Book Collection and get started.
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