Eloise by Kay Thompson, illustrated by Hilary Knight

Close to the Source: Best of the Best

Posted by on July 22, 2014.

Hello everyone!

I am here to tell you that this will be my last blog for quite awhile–I’m off to college! I am studying journalism at the University of Missouri starting this fall. Before I start in with this last post, I would just like to thank everyone at CLiF for not only giving me the opportunity to write for their wonderful organization, but also furthering my love for writing. Okay, enough of the sappy stuff, on to the blog!

My posts have always held suggestions for books based on seasons, holidays, and your child’s interests so, for my last blog I thought I would make it a little more personal and discuss some of my favorite books growing up and hopefully influence you to pick one up and start it with your child.

Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women

by Catherine Thimmesh

My aunt gave me this book when I was right around 11 years old. It holds the stories of women and the things they created, something young girls don’t see as often as they should. Reading about Stephanaie Kwolek, who invented Kevlar, the material that has saved more than 2,274 police officers since 1987, and Mary Anderson, who invented the windshield wipers–arguably one of the most useful inventions in the world, showed me that women can do whatever they want, even though it hasn’t seemed like that in past years. Teaching young women and men about gender equality and the amazing things women have done is extremely important for the new generation.

My Little Sister Ate One Hare

by Bill Grossman

When I was younger I thought this book was the most hilarious thing I had ever laid my eyes on. Not just because I pictured the main character as my own little sister Grace, but because it was full of ridiculous rhymes and illustrations that enchanted me every time I cracked open the pages. I’m sure every child would have fun reading about the mice, bats, ants, lizards (but most certainly NOT peas).

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

by Eric Carle

A classic children’s book in all aspects, The Very Hungry Caterpillar mixes interesting illustrations, education, and whimsical storytelling all into one little cocoon (slight little joke there). This was one of my favorites, and I’m sure it already is one of your child’s favorites, but it never hurts to reread and indulge in the classics when your child is still a child. A little reminiscing never did anyone any harm!


by Kay Thompson

This book is the literary embodiment of very kid’s dream: living in a hotel with no homework, dozens of hiding spots, and endless adventures every day. Reading about the mischief and mayhem Eloise would get herself into just inspired me more to go and play. That’s something we need to remind kids in this era of technology–sometimes making your own adventures doesn’t involve a screen.

Staff note: Thank you, Nina, for blogging for CLiF. We’ve enjoyed and appreciated your recommendations and your distinctive style. Best wishes as you leave for college this fall!

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