This week, I’m looking waaaay back to the books I loved when I was a small child, before I started reading books that could double as bricks or doorstops. Yesterday, I went to the bookstore with a friend and her 18 month old little boy, who just happens to love books (we get along very well). Playing with him reminded me of some of the books I used to love at his age. I have some new favorites as well, but for this list, I wanted to stick to the books that I loved when I was a child, five years old and younger. (The picture is of me when I was one year old and my dad reading to me. Thanks mom for sending the photo.)
1. The Owl and the Pussycat
This is my all-time favorite book. I memorized the entire thing by heart. It’s a lovely little poem about a cat and an owl going away “to the land where the bong trees grow” to get married. Okay, it’s a little twisted, but I thought it was romantic, and I still do. There are several beautifully illustrated versions of the poem, but my personal favorite is the golden book one.
2. The Tawny, Scrawny Lion
Here’s another Golden Book favorite. I’m not sure what appealed to me about a vegetarian lion, but I liked the songs that were on my audio companion tape to the book, especially the “Carrot Stew” song. The little rabbits that befriend a fierce lion, putting their own lives at risk, are also noble and brave.
3. The Children’s Bible
I don’t know if this thing is still being published, but this was the version my dad read to me and my little sister. It was filled with great pictures and easy to understand stories. I see that there are lots of new versions of children’s Bibles out there now, and I have no clue which are best. Maybe some of you parent have your favorites to recommend. But, I have a strong sentimental attachment to this particular edition.
4. The Berenstain Bears
It’s hard to pick just one of these adorable little books, but my favorites were The Berenstain Bears Go to the Doctor, Go to School, and No Girls Aloud. A happy little bear family underwent many of the trials and tribulations that every family goes through. It was nice to see the bears handle it first, by means of introduction.
5. The Monster at the End of This Book
I could probably list many Sesame Street books under this category (I was a huge Sesame Street fan), but this one was my favorite. I love how it takes the scary topic of “monsters” and turns it around. It’s only “lovable, furry, old Grover,” after all!
Okay, it’s your turn. What were your favorite children’s books growing up? What books do your little ones love today?