Today I'd like to spotlight Claire Legrand's blog. Claire is the author of The Cavendish Home for Boys & Girls (due out August 28, 2012), and other forthcoming titles. This summer, she'll be doing a series called Middle Grade Memories with authors, agents, librarians, and editors each Monday and Wednesday. Her guests will talk about their favorite childhood books, and the impact those stories have had on their own writing careers.
Here are the three I've read so far:
Author Marissa Burt (Storybound) talks about Where the Red Fern Grows
Author Adam Troy-Castro (Gustav Gloom and the People Taker) talks about Doctor Dolittle
Author Sarvenaz Tash (The Mapmaker and the Ghost) talks about The Witches
As for my own middle grade writing, I have countless influences. I think that I look back on different books with each project. While one manuscript might be more inspired by the works of Roald Dahl, another might take family inspiration from childhood favorites All of a Kind Family, Five Little Peppers and How They Grew, and Hans Brinker (or The Silver Skates).
My current middle grade work-in-progress features a tomboy, making me think back on the following favorites of my youth:
What are some of your favorite books from childhood?