I didn’t even have to think about this one. Madeleine L’Engle is my favorite author:
In fifth grade, the cover of A Wrinkle in Time caught my eye at the school library. I’ve been seeking out L’Engle’s books ever since.
Madeleine wrote 46 books (that’s my count, at least), ranging from children’s picture books to religious nonfiction and poetry. Her books have won both the Newbery award and honor, as well as a National Book Award. I’ve read over 20 of them. I’m at the point where I almost feel as if I knew her personally. She has this way of weaving together science, art, spirituality, and humanity in a way that seems almost impossible; her worlds are never small. Even the tiniest stories, like The Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas, grasp at something infinite.
I love L’Engle’s writing for so many reasons. She writes about dogs like they’re human. She writes about children like they’re adults. She writes about parents like they’re people. She writes about God and religion in a really unique, interesting way.
There really is so much more about Madeleine’s books that I could say— I grew up reading her stories; I read A House Like a Lotus (a coming-of-age story; my favorite book of hers) when I was the same age as the narrator, and it made a huge impression on me. I’m reading Two-Part Invention, L’Engle’s chronicle of her marriage, as I begin my own. I’ve looked to her stories for wisdom and belief for 15 years now. Her work is a huge part of who I am, and she will always, always be my favorite.
Find a list of L’Engle’s books that our Heights Libraries own here, and enjoy!
Curious about the rest of my answers? Find a list of them here.