Finalist #2: What’s the Book That First Made You Believe in Magic?

Cassandra Neace

Staff Writer

Cassandra Neace is a high school English teacher in Houston. When she's not in the classroom, she reads books and writes about them. She prides herself on her ability to recommend a book for most any occasion. She can be found on Instagram @read_write_make

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Long after we grow out of the ability to believe in mermaids and fantastic creatures, books offer us the opportunity to suspend reality and believe in magic, if even for just a few hours.

In this giveaway sponsored by Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama and Crewel by Gennifer Albin, we want to celebrate the books and stories that first ignited our imaginations. We asked you to tell us about the book that first made you believe in magic.  

You can get a preview of each of the five finalists here. Check out each entry, and then vote for your favorite before 11:59 pm on Wednesday, November 13.

Check out this entry from our second finalist, Kristin:

When I was a kid, back in the late 60s, early 70s, I found the source of all magic and wonder: Andrew Lang’s Color Fairy Books – The Red Fairy Book, The Blue Fairy Book, etc. I would go to the library, which was a tiny room stuffed in the basement of the tiny municipal building, and check out a couple of his books. Then on Saturday mornings, I would curl up in bed and read for hours until my mom made me get up.

Each book had, to me, a distinct voice – folktales, traditional tales, princess stories, etc. They went along with a paperback I got through Scholastic, called Prince and Princess Stories To Read Aloud. I read it over and over whenever I was done with the Lang books, and my mom didn’t have time to take me to the library yet.

Later I found another copy and read them to my daughters, and now I have a copy for each of them to read to their kids someday, along with tons of other books they had.  My youngest, when she moved out, took a couple of my boxed editions of fairy tales. They run deep in our family. Both my daughters, now 20 and 25, are huge Harry Potter fans, and they have read the books over and over. Magic is in their blood, passed down through me.

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