Today is the first day of summer. When I was a child, this was a joyous occasion, as it meant the season of backyard barbeques, pool parties, and all-day bicycle rides had just begun. It also meant weekly trips to the library with my mom to check out a stack of books to read at bedtime.

I have many fond memories of those summer nights, following the Pevensie children through the wardrobe into Narnia, making the long journey home to Yorkshire with Lassie, and wrinkling time to rescue Meg Murry’s father on Camazotz. Feeling nostalgic about my fictional playmates, I visited the 4th floor of Love Library where the children’s book collection is housed. As I thumbed through the pages, reading bits and studying the illustrations, I felt a strange urge to drink grape Kool-Aid and twist an Oreo in half! Hmmm, where did I leave my jump rope? Reading a well-loved children’s book always brings out my inner child.

Maybe it’s time you spent some time with old friends. No matter what age kid you are—one who grew up with Winnie-the-Pooh or Frank and Joe Hardy or cut his/her teeth on Ramona or Harry Potter—the SDSU Library has shelves of your old friends, waiting to romp again in the playground of your mind. Or perhaps you want to introduce your child to some new friends; the SDSU Library also has many newer releases, such as Olive’s Ocean and A Sick Day for Amos McGee. If you can’t stop by our library to browse, you can search online for your favorite children’s books. I’ve included some links below.

Hey, it’s summer! Time to go inside and play!

Children's Books

Visiting with some old friends!

SDSU Library’s Research Guide for Children’s Literature
Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database
Database of Award-Winning Children’s Literature
Best-Selling Children’s Books of the 20th Century