Once you find out that you’re going to have a little one, you start to think about the kinds of things that made you happy in your childhood. I started with my favorite childhood books. I even found some of those childhood books located at my nana’s house and was able to bring them back to Los Angeles with me on our last trip! Is there anything better than that kind of nostalgia? I don’t think so of course. I thought it would be nice to visit those childhood books with you today here on the blog. I hope you’ll enjoy and share with your friends and give me more ideas for childhood books and what to read to my child. There are so many new childhood books, and I hope to learn about the very best ones.
I think most of my favorite childhood books could make the list for most of you, but I could be wrong. We were all exposed to different things based on where we grew up, etc. Let’s take a trip down memory lane today though and look at why I enjoyed these as my favorite childhood books!
1. Green Eggs and Ham
The truth is this book was a favorite childhood book, because it helped me to realize that turning a food away just because of its looks was a bad idea. It took years for me to actually be willing to eat lots of things, but the silliness of Sam I Am certainly made it easier when the time came, because we all know that in the end the green eggs and ham didn’t taste so terrible. Plus, I’ll never forget actually making green eggs and ham in Miss Julie’s kindergarten class and realizing that they tasted EXACTLY like the eggs and ham I had at home!
2. Where the Sidewalk Ends
The world began where the sidewalk ended in this childhood book, and you began to meet all kinds of interesting and quite silly people. These were the kind of poems that actually made you laugh. I think it that it was ultimately a great introduction into poetry, iambic pentameter, and rhyme scheme. It was the kind of childhood book that made reading and poetry fun!
3. Harold and the Purple Crayon
Harold taught me how to use my imagination to go anywhere and do anything I wanted to do so this was ultimately my ALL-TIME FAVORITE childhood book. Harold went for a moonlit walk with only his oversized purple crayon for company, and he had all the adventures. He could be anyone or do anything, and I thought that was pretty cool. Of course the uber awesome thing about Harold was that he also thought about how to get back to reality. He made landmarks for himself so that he’d find his way back home after all. That makes this a children’s book for the ages!
4. The Velveteen Rabbit
Did you ever think that your toys had feelings? Did you ever want your toys to be real? I think we all were there at one point or another in our childhood. This book shows you exactly what it would be like if your toys had feelings. This story was also my very first heartbreak so it really sticks with you. It was also my first audiobook. I went along on the adventures of the sawdust filled rabbit almost nightly, and I know that I’ll be even more excited to spend time reading this one with my own child. It’s not as happy as my other favorites, but it’s certainly still a worthy read from my favorite childhood books.
What were your favorite childhood books? What books do you now read to your children? Which ones are becoming their favorite childhood books?