#2 likes to read Regency romances when stressed. I like them too, but I can’t read a lot of them in a row. In the worst of my stress and anxiety, I found myself gravitating to the middle-grade stacks in the local library. Soothing. Here are some books:
The Anastasia series by Lois Lowry. I love these so much! Anastasia, Absolutely… One of my favorites is Anastasia, Ask Your Analyst (hilarious hijinks). I have read the whole series at least once or twice. They do have an order, but it’s not important to me.
The Savage Fortress by Sarwat Chadda. The beginning of an adventure series with two kids in peril, based on Hindu mythology.
School for Sidekicks by Kelly McCullough. A kid learns that not every super-human is a hero, and not all heroes or sidekicks are what they seem. Happy ending!
Nightbird by Alice Hoffman. Beautiful and also a happy ending. What happens when people find out that your brother isn’t… like everyone else?
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier. Very pretty and moving graphic novel about family, love, ghosts, and culture. Read it!
Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill. Another graphic novel for younger kids. Princesses can do all sorts of active things.
I read all of Zilpha Keatley Snyder when I was young. Turns out, she kept on writing while I grew up, and I found a bunch of her newer stuff (ca. 2008) on the shelves. Try finding magic and friendship in The Unseen.
Grumpeteers, do you read any children’s books for comfort? Which ones?