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Liesl Shurtliff Recounts Her 7 Favorite Books from Childhood

by Liesl Shurtliff

Liesl Shurtliff is the author of Brightly’s Book Club pick Red. Click here to learn more about the book, discover activities and tips for discussion inspired by Red, and join in on the reading fun.

I was a very picky reader as a child, as most children are, and so when I found a book I liked, I usually read it more than once and loved it more each time. As a writer, I’ve looked at these books to try to understand what made them so enjoyable for me as child, and how I might incorporate those techniques into my own writing. Here are the top seven books I read as a child and how they’ve influenced me as a writer.