Saturday, January 8, 2011

Children's Literature

storytime with papa

I'm still in a bit of a book mood, so I thought I would make another literary aimed post, but this time, geared towards children's books!  Last year I also shared a post about all of the young adult books I loved, and the comments were absolutely amazing- it was really fun to take a trip down memory lane while reading through everyone's personal favorites. Like many of you, most of my earliest memories involve books; either my father reading us "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" every Christmas Eve, or my Mom taking us to the library multiple times a week, allowing us to check out stacks and stacks of books at a time.  My sister and I devoured books, and they were my favorite thing growing up besides dancing and sports.  Over the years my love for reading has only grown, and my sister and I still trade recommendations and excitement over great titles.  From as early as I can remember, the library was a huge part of our lives and we were incredibly involved in our small town's children's lit. scene...i.e, the summer book club, weekly readings, and any sort of contest they had.  And I mentioned this in the other post, but remember "Book It"?  Personal pan pizzas for reading books...so into it!

Because reading was such a huge part of my life, when I happen to stumble upon an old book that I once loved, I am flooded with memories upon memories.  I am taken right back to the corner in our small public library; I can see every detail, the smell of the old books, the sometimes yellowed pages, the hushed quietness that pervaded every nook and cranny of that magical place.  I would sit on the short stools used for shelving books, leaning up against the stacks, and read and read.  My Mom would let us stay for as long as we wanted, and she put no limit on the amount of books we could take home, as long as we stayed under the library's twelve book rule.  So, with so many fond memories, I thought it would be fun to share some of the children's books I hold close to my heart, and invite you all to share some of your favorites from childhood.  Share in the comments, and if you'd like, feel free to post your own list on your blog, and link back here.   Here are five of my favorites, although if I was to make a comprehensive list it would be much longer.  For reference, I was born in 1982, and in a small town, so a lot of the books I loved were a lot older, and often were first published anywhere between 1940-1970.
Some of my all-time favorites:


What are yours?

41 comments:

  1. I loved Strega Nona and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day too. I adored Dr. Seuss books, The Giving Tree, and The Velveteen Rabbit.

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  2. The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Mog the Forgetful Cat. Funny Bones. Meg and Mog. I think my baby nephew will be getting a few books as gifts in the near future...

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  3. I just love your book posts. Seriously. I think that's because I relate to them so much. Thanks for sharing.
    My favourites are any book from "The Famous Five" series, "A little princess" (that I read so many times when I was a kid) and "Little women" (I had a cut version, I read the original one when I was older)

    I can't wait for the next book post now :)

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  4. obviously, being a first grade teacher and mom I have a minor obsession with books! ;) Of course it depends on the age but we love in class Fancy Nancy, The Pigeon Series, Skippyjon Jones, David Series, Robert Munch books, Eric Carle booke, Leo Leoni and my fave little girl book is "Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots!" But really, I could go on and on.
    xoxo

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  5. I read The Poky Little Puppy and Dr.suess titles as well as The giving Tree, I'll Always Love You ...those last two always make me cry, even more-so now since I read them to my daughter!

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  6. I haven't read most of those but i LOVE Corduroy! That picture of the boys reading is priceless!

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  7. Omggggg that "the little house" cover brought back memories! I love love love books- esp childrens! My all time favorite is The Giving Tree... I have the tree tattooed on my side & it's a constant reminder to give everything I can to people in my life! Loved reading this post!

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  8. Well I doubt your little boy would love the Madeline books as much as I did... but I think "The Monster at the End of This Book" is a classic for anyone!

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  9. My absolute favorite young reader book was The Unusual Jam Adventure by Emily Lampert. Happy sigh.

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  10. Charl is OBSESSED with Goodnight Moon. We seriously have to read it every night... I used to adore "The Lorax", though re-reading it now.. what a SAD book!!!

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  11. Corduroy was one of my top 5 favorite books! I remember Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day too. The way you described your growing up library experience reminded me a lot of mine. We went a few times a week after school and would each end up with stacks of books. Some of the books I remember from when I was little (and am now in the process of buying the "complete sets" off of Amazon to have for my future children) are the Beatrix Potter's books, Richard Scarry's books, and the Little Critter books.

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  12. I loved Goodnight Moon, Pat the Bunny, Anything Shel Silverstein (I even have Shel artwork tattooed on my wrist!), Madeline, Go Dog Go.

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  13. Strega Nona and the Golden Books were some of my favorites! One of my all time favorites though was called 'Noisy Nora', it's from 1973 and it's the cutest story. I also loved reading my mom's old children's books from when she was young, like 'Throw A Kiss, Harry'. She saved these books for me and I'm SO glad she did. They are very old and well loved but I plan to read them to my own children one day! :)

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  14. I love this post! So many children's books hold a special place in my heart and I can totally relate to your library experiences. Even now, when I walk into a library I instantly feel good.

    Some of my favorite children's books were:

    Harold and the Purple Crayon
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Amelia Bedelia series
    Frog and the Toad

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  15. "The Paper Bag Princess", "Where the Wild Things Are" {of course}, Junie B. Jones series, all the Madeline books...so many to type!

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  16. These are great ones. I love reading the classics that I read when I was little. My sons favorite book is called Tickle Monster. It's by Josie Bissett, yes from Melrose Place! It is such a fun little book you should check it out.

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  17. I was JUST telling my husband about "book it" the other day! haha LOVED it.

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  18. I've wrote a post on our favorite kids books we read to Josiah! You should check some of them out and see if Henry would enjoy them! ;)

    http://josiahsnest.blogspot.com/2010/09/favorite-things-friday-josiahs-book.html

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  19. i work in a small private school and I love all the children's literature we have there... I get to relive my childhood every day there... some of my favorites are roxaboxen (based off a place in yuma, az), i love you the purplest, guess how much i love you, love you foreber, on the night you were born, the little mouse the red ripe strawberry and the big hungry bear, i aint gonna paint myself, im the biggest thing in the ocean, knuffle bunny, the napping house, also jamie lee curtis writes some really good books... one of my all tiem favorite childrens books i recently found is called the table where rich people sit by byrd baylor.. i love the message it gets across.. i could go on and on about childrens books but i will stop there!

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  20. I LOVED the Golden Spine series. I especially remember the Poky Little Puppy!

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  21. oh wow! Looking at those books brought back a lot of memories. A lot of those were my favorites too (strega nona! corduroy! bread and jam for frances! :D :D) I remember reading the Poky little puppy a million times when I was a kid. Great post!

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  22. I love Shel Silverstein!

    And There's a Monster at the End of this book.

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  23. I love and read all of those books when I was little as well!! Two favorites were Caps for Sale and The Good Humor Man.

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  24. You need to check out punk farm for Henry! I have gotten it for so many little ones and they all love it! punkfarm.com

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  25. I've done a book post inspired by these ones here.

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  26. Oh my god, I completely forgot about "Bread and Jam for Frances"! I used to LOVE that book, and I'll always have a soft spot for "Courdroy". I also loved the Berenstain Bears books.

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  27. Thanks for sharing some of your favourite books!
    I loved Harold And the Purple Crayon, Blueberries For Sal, anything Seuss, all the Little House on the Prairie books, Anne of Green Gables, Where the Wild Things Are and James and the Giant Peach.
    We have been reading a lot of Jan Brett books. They are amazing.
    I loved going to the library as a kid. Just the smell of a library makes me feel happy. And now my daughter adores it too.

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  28. Oh my goodness. No Roses for Harry? I never read that but I did have Harry the Dirty Dog when I was little. And it was the same Harry. My mother bought it again for my son Desmond and I cry every time I read it to him. Its definitely a goodie.

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  29. i LOVED the poky little puppy!

    Have you ever read Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch? It's such a sweet story about a momma and her little boy. Perfect for Mr. Henry!

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  30. I had Strega Nona read on tape that I bought at a book fair and I loved Bread and Jam for Frances!

    I would have to say my favorite was The Owl and the Pussycat!

    http://cookielouisepleaze.blogspot.com/2011/01/thrifty-saturday-indeed.html

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  31. I was a huge bookworm as a kid, and I still am. With that, I started selling books for Barefoot and I have fallen in love with a few of the books. Namely "I Took the Moon for a Walk" and also "Animal Boogie." These books and a ton more can be found at http://margaret-sullivan.barefootbooks.com and check out my blog at http://mybarefootbookshelf.blogspot.com

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  32. KOALA CHRISTMAS!
    my brother and I loooooooooooved this book. the best christmas themed book I've ever read. excuse my lack of photo and link posting skills, but here's the synopsis and a picture of the cover. SUCH a wonderful book makes me want to go find it at the library!

    http://www.amazon.com/Koala-Christmas-2-Lisa-Bassett/dp/0525650652/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1294553073&sr=1-1

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_l-IgCt7_l3U/STRIMsI2DJI/AAAAAAAAA24/f4xNCjUkpDg/s320/xmas+003.JPG

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  33. Is that the Star Wars ABC book?? Scott got me that for Christmas! If you love that, he also got me the Mother Goose Space book :))

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  34. I went home for Christmas this year and found out that my very youngest sister just learned how to read...MY OLD BOOKS! It was really exciting to sit and read with her.

    One that I had completely forgotten was Harry and the Horrible Whatsit by Dick Gackenbach. The illustrations are killer...Harry has a pretty hip mom! Check it out.

    http://www.amazon.com/Harry-Terrible-Whatzit-Dick-Gackenbach/dp/0899192238

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  35. Green Eggs & Ham of course! Richard Scarry books were some of my favorite too!

    -Katrina
    http://katrinagelino.blogspot.com/

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  36. ooh, frances!

    my pops surrounded by all us littles reading away (with all different voices for each character, of course) those are some of my bestest childhood memories.

    bex.

    p.s. oh. and who could forget amelia bedelia and the stupids? both favorites o'mine.

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  37. Hubby was just quoting a Frances book to me last night! I never read them, but he grew up on them. Sounds like they're a necessity for our soon-to-be-born little girl!

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  38. I grew up and love every single one of the books you posted. I can actually picture most of them both in my bookshelf at my parents house but also in the library of my elementary school. Seriously, the flood of memories that just came back to me was insane!

    Maddie

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  39. Oh my gosh, I loved "The Poky Little Puppy", "Caps for Sale", "Corduroy", and "Bread and Jam for Francis". I was born in 1991, and those are the books from my childhood. It's amazing how books will hold and carry through time.

    Books are magical :)

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  40. Such a great list. I use to love Dr Seuss, Paper Bag Princess, Richard Scarry, The tiger who came to tea, The hungry Caterpillar, Madeline and the Hairy Maclary series by Lynley Dodd.

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  41. Pokie little puppy is definitely on my list as well. My dog is even named after him!

    I also loved Miss Rumphius, and Linnea in Monet's Garden.

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