As an author, one of the writing tips I hear quite often is “Read, Read, Read.” We are encouraged as writers to read recent releases to keep abreast of what’s happening in the industry and keep up with current trends.
Last month when Lin Oliver spoke to our local SCBWI chapter, she took that advice and expanded it even further. Lin suggested that we should develop a personal canon of books. This canon would include books that we love and inspire us.
This was a new concept to me, and I am still working on my personal canon, but here are a few books on my list:
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Mrs. Twiggley’s Tree by Dorothea Warren Fox
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
Falling for Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox
Slob by Ellen Potter
Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Do you have a canon of books? I’d love to hear what they are.
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