As part of our goal to become a collection of the world’s recommendations, we’re asking people to make one recommendation every week. This week’s little thing is children’s books. We’re asking you to tell us what your favorite book was growing up as a kid. We believe this could turn into a fascinating and ruminative project because it’s the little things, which when woven together, paint a terrifically curious picture.
Over time we want to be able to place you go to find out everything, from Richard Branson’s recommendation on best business books to Jack Dorsey’s favorite spots for a power breakfast.
What was your favorite book growing up?
“All grown-ups were once children… but only few of them remember it.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
Children’s books are curious things. When we’re toddlers we read them for the pictures. When we’re a little older we read them for the stories they tell. When we’re much older it’s to be reminded of simple truths. They’re age indifferent. It’s curious and magical the way they stick with us and shape us through different stages of our lives.
Oftentimes you ask people what their favorite book is, and you get some version of how a book they read a month ago happened to change their life forever. But what about those lifelong friends? The guys who fundamentally rocked our perception of the world? Alice, Max, Mowgli, The Who’s, Harry…
“Kids don’t know about bestsellers. They go for what they enjoy. They
aren’t star chasers and they don’t suck up. It’s why I like them.”
― Maurice Sendak
The profound effect this literature has on our lives hits us when we’re much older. We’ve been thinking about this a lot recently and we thought it’d be a fun exercise in nostalgia to map our collective childhood through books. We want to know:
What was your singular favorite book growing up?
Let’s remember those mythical giants that helped us define what’s possible. Let’s also help out new parents and build an epic collection of children’s books for them and make their lives a little easier :-).
If you’re down, here’s how you can share your favorite book:
Step 1: Go to Awessome! and click on the big Twitter button. Takes approx 47 seconds.
Step 2: Tweet your favorite book and why you loved it with the hashtag #awessome.
— Nima (@Nimapt)July 19, 2012
Step 3: We automagically pull your tweet into your profile on Awessome! This is how it’ll look:
Step 4: We’re reaching out to folks like Steve Case, Jack Dorsey and Margaret Atwood to ask them their favorite books. Follow @awessomeapp or the #awessome stream to find out what their favorite books are and shoot us suggestions if there’s someone in particular you want to hear from!
Here’s to the wild ones…
(Photo: Brains After Hours)