Madeline is so much a part of her life that, when my daughter is angry with her father, she asks him to read Madeline and the Bad Hat to her before bedtime. She takes especial relish in quoting Madeline aloud, "Oh, what a horror was Pepito!" but by the end of the book, her anger towards Daddy has been resolved, and she can rest with a light heart. I finally had to break the news to my husband, "I think she thinks YOU are the Bad Hat." He understands the ritual a little better now.
Children's books are so important because they really form the foundation of all of our reading and writing skills. When we get older, we branch out and explore different genres, but when we are little, we all read the same ones. It's a delightful communal experience, one that kind of bridges the gaps between all of us--no matter what are childhoods were like.
What books did you enjoy reading when you were a child? Do your kids enjoy reading the same ones, or do they have their own favorites?