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Childhood Favorites, Revisited

January 14, 2011

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?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. N-Money permalink
    January 14, 2011 11:42 am

    My favorite, hands down, was Pickle Chiffon Pie. This has everything you need–princess, castle, a juggling lion on roller skates???
    It is a fairly traditional tale, with three young men trying to win the hand of a princess by impressing her father with the most wonderful, outlandish, impressive thing they can find in the kingdom.
    One of the men shows up empty-handed, because although he found the most wonderful thing in the kingdom—a monster who makes pickle chiffon pie-the king’s favorite!—he could not bear to tear the monster away from his family in the forest.
    Of course, when the king hears his story, he rewards the young man with his daughter’s hand and everyone lives happily ever after…
    This is one of the few picture books I can think of that quite plainly introduces and rewards empathy. Love it.

  2. Deanna permalink
    January 16, 2011 7:11 pm

    Love Leo the Late Bloomer. A great book for reassuring both kids and parents that kids develop at their own pace. It’s saved my sanity several times!

  3. erin permalink
    January 17, 2011 9:56 pm

    I have to save some of the many books I loved as a child for a future blog post, since this has gotten me so inspired! But I loved the Arnold Lobel Fables. I also had an Irish Folk Tales book that my sister and I loved to read for years. I can’t find it anymore and am assuming it’s out of print, but I loved those stories dearly. Also, of course, The Paper Bag Princess and Miss Rhumphius, both inspirational to a young girl!

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