October 4–10 is Great Books Week, and the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE) is hosting a blog tour about books to celebrate. The prompt for today is “When I was a child, my favorite book was … because…”
I have very fond memories of reading Gertrude Chandler Warner’s The Boxcar Children. I loved the idea that these kids were on their own and living in a boxcar. I had traveled on a train so the thought that four children, three of them older than I was at the time, could live in an abandoned boxcar just made me dream of all the wonderful adventures that could happen.
I also was brought up, from age five, by my grandmother so a book where children were being raised by a grandparent really hit home with me.