Books that keep on keepin' on
It's probably normal. People are drawn to what is familiar, right? I have found that with kids books, characters and shows, I head first to the ones I grew up with. Not that they're any better or worse than the newer ones coming out today. It's just that they're familiar. Big bird? An old friend. Brother and Sister Bear? Like my own siblings. Madeline? Babar? Ramona & Beezus? Heidi? More old, beloved friends.
Somehow it makes me feel all warm inside, that me and my kids were both pals with the same fuzzy make-believe characters. When my Mom visited recently three generations of us enjoyed Sesame Street Live - and all had our own memories of and connections to the characters. There's just something sort of cool about my son laughing at Cookie Monster singing "C is for Cookie" as heartily as I did (er, do).
I do manage to branch out (Arthur and Annie & Jack are also very popular in our house these days), but wonder what old faithfuls you find resurfacing at your house? Do you tend to stick with them, or are you eager to leave all that old stuff in the dust? Got an old fave that your kids love, too? Or a beloved character that your kids - or you - want nothing to do with?
Given that our society has thankfully progressed in a bundle of ways since the 1970s when I was under 10, it only makes sense that children's lit has progressed, too, and that I should be embracing the new over the old since it's likely to be a little less sexist/racist/whatever. Or not?