20 January 2010

What's in a Name?

For Christmas one year, my sister gave my child a book called Miranda's Ghosts. It sparked something in me, and I've since made a point of adding books to her library that include her name in the title.

Besides Miranda's Ghosts, we have What Is Miranda Looking At?Miranda the ExplorerMiranda the Great and The Secret in Miranda's Closet.  I quite like the first three, but I can't vouch for the last two as we haven't yet read them.



I've poked around Amazon and put a handful of other titles on my wishlist:

Incidentally, there are a stunning number of bodice rippers about Miranda, a goodly assortment of books about Miranda v. Arizona, and a set of Carmen Miranda paper dolls.

And, though Miranda isn't in the title, I was thrilled to learn that Miranda is the protagonist of When You Reach Me, the winner of this year's Newbery Medal. I put that on my wishlist too.

Do you seek out books that feature your child's name?


Edited to add: It goes without saying that we have several copies of The Tempest around, and yes, she knows she's Prospero's daughter.

22 comments:

susan said...

Curious Girl's name can be spelled a couple of different ways, and we have a couple of books with her name spelled differently in the title. At the moment, she's rather put out by that.

You inspired me to check Amazon for her name in titles, though, and I did find a couple of interesting looking things. I'll have to check them out--will let you know what I find.

Bon said...

yep. in addition to some fine Oscar the Grouch titles, we have a great collection of Oscar books and two Posey books so far...still looking for ones that actually have a Josephine, though.

Kelly said...

At our baby shower we got a Baby Einstein book starring a mouse named Violet. At the end of the book there is a mirror and it says Violet! Peek-a-boo. My daughter's middle name is Picabo, so that was a pretty awesome gift. Other Violet books have not lived up to that first one.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

My daughter's name (Kinsey) is actually from the mystery series by Sue Grafton. Other than those books, I don't think I'm going to see it anywhere else!

phd in yogurtry said...

Have not thought about this most excellent book plan!

Must.Go.Look.NOW!

Rima said...

I would if I could. Alas, I think there are none in any language we can read (her name is actually Latvian.)

mayberry said...

Love love love "Owen" by Kevin Henkes.

We do have a few Josie books, Bon, but no Josephines.

daysgoby said...

I've never actively sought them out, but I buy them whenever I see them. And we've found that Rosemary (despite our smugness over finding such a lovely, old-fashioned name) is a much more popular name for authors then we ever imagined.

She She said...

I do that, too. I'm ambivalent about the books I've found for Nora: Noisy Nora and Busybody Nora. We've also found one about a long-ago flood in Vermont called Nora's Ark in which Nora is a hero, but she's shown no interest in reading it.

FreshHell said...

Not purposely. And there aren't many. We have the Madeline books, of course. But I haven't searched for others.

6512 and growing said...

Haven't yet, and not likely to find a book featuring my son's name: Col (rhymes with soul and means mountain pass).

But of course I love all things Rose, as if the flower was actually named after my girl.

Jennifer (ponderosa) said...

It never occurred to me to do this. So I went to Amazon and lo, there's a series of YA books about, it would appear, a seriously boy-crazy cat which has my daughter's name. CREEPY.

Stimey said...

I don't seek them out, but if I find them in the library or the bookstore, I definitely check them out. Sadly, there are not many books about Quinn. Fortunately, there is a kick-ass song, which gave him his name.

wherewiller said...

Yep. Think I bought a bunch of Oliver stuff on amazon right after he was born.
Callum? Second child and rarer name. Not so much. Think I better start looking now...

Becky said...

I never thought of it until I read your post. Now? I've found a whole bunch for each of my kids. Thanks for that. I think. :)

The Absence of Alternatives said...

My youngest complains about his name (easy to be turned into a derisive nickname... we are to blame really...) so we try to point it out whenever it belongs to a great character. I would thought with the name Miranda you only need to give her a copy of Tempest! ;-) (Miranda is my favorite name amongst all Shakespearean heroins...)

slouchy said...

yes. 8's name is easy. 12's is harder, but not impossible.

Susie said...

The Secret in Miranda's Closet! I was just thinking of that book recently. Miranda's problem was unfamiliar to me, but I found the book strangely compelling as a child. I'd love to read it again sometime and see how clearly I remember it.

Karen Hartzell, Graco said...

I actually never thought about adding books with my daughter's name in them. talk about your A-ha moment. She loves books as well do I since I was a child. I am off on a quest to make a wish list for future birthday/holidays for grandparents. :-)

Thank you for sharing such an awesome idea!

niobe said...

The short answer is no.

The long answer is that, when I was a kid, I was thrilled to find a series of books featuring a main character (and title) with my first name.

I was somewhat less thrilled when, in the first book of the series, the main character, Niobe, overheard her mother telling someone that Niobe was becoming too "introspective" and Niobe had no idea what the word meant.

And by "somewhat less thrilled," I mean that I was deeply mortified that I shared my first name with such a dope.

Why, yes, I was a very difficult child.

Am I doing okay? said...

I was THRILLED when I discovered Hazel's Amazing Mother by Rosemary Wells. I also searched Amazon and bought a title Lonely Lula Cat.

Ashley said...

What an inspired idea. We have a french book with my daughter's name in it, and she loves for me to read it to her. I should get her one she actually understands!