Childhood Favorites, Revisited
This post comes to us from Sarah W.!
January is a month filled with birthdays of many of my friend’s children. Most are now in high school and some in college but I remember giving them all books on their birthdays. This last Christmas, I ran into a few of these young adults and we got into a discussion of favorite books – I had wanted to pick their brains for what they were reading now, yet the conversation turned to books from the past, the childhood books that they still cherished.
Here are some of their favorites:
Avocado Baby by John Burningham
This is a story where the baby of the family becomes the hero due to his superhuman strength from eating avocados. Funny, quirky, wonderful illustrations and a story that empowers every toddler. This was a book my kids loved and would request again and again. I remember giving quite a few of these books as gifts.
Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs by Ian Whybrow
In this book, Harry gives each of the dinosaurs a name and he knows each dinosaur’s personality. It is Harry’s connection with the dinosaurs in that magical thinking way only young children have that made this book stand out.
Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus
This provoked laughter about its depiction of nervous parents – some said their parents are still nervous but now about college and other life choices. This is a wonderful reassuring book about learning at your own pace and not being compared to others.
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
This was mentioned not only because they loved this book but because it was a gift they had received recently at high school or college graduations. And here I want to thank my daughter for quoting it during her graduate school commencement speech. These books that we read to our children and shared as gifts do leave their messages for years to come.
We will be running a post from Deanna next week featuring some of her childhood favorites. We’d love to hear from you- what books do you remember reading as a child that you still love today?