What’s the first book that comes to mind when you think about your childhood? It wasn’t until I became a mother that I realized how many books impacted me as a young girl. Even more than 30 years later, the books I loved as a child found a second life when my son was born. So I thought it would be fun to ask our team about their favorite childhood books.
Get ready for some sweet nostalgia.
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
“I loved everything by Shel Silverstein when I was a kid. I don’t think I grasped the power of his poetry and stories until I was an adult, but somehow as a young girl, I knew it was special. I think part of his magic is his weirdness. His work isn’t trite and sentimental. It’s imaginative and quirky. I like his rebellious approach to storytelling. The Giving Tree was a book that made me feel sad, and I appreciated that without understanding why.” – Taylor
Meet Samantha: An American Girl series
“I mean, I was a young girl with brown hair and brown eyes named Samantha, these books were made for me. I even had the matching doll and all her different outfits to go along with the books. But these books really were so great. I still have them on my bookshelf! I learned so much not just from Samantha’s series but all the American Girls. I learned about different cultures, time periods and traditions. Even though Samantha was definitely my favorite, I have a soft spot for the entire collection.” – Samantha
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
“This is the first book I ever remember reading, and I used to carry it around with me, too. I love re-reading some of the stories these days.” – Wendy
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
“This book always made me smile when I read it as a child, and it makes me smile every time I read it to my kids. The illustrations and colors are so fun, and I love the important message of transformation and growth.” — Nicole
Matilda by Roald Dahl
“I’m projecting my adult opinions onto my favorite childhood books, but I have a terrible memory. Most of my favorites come from a visceral feeling I had (and still have) for them. Matilda was a book that delighted me. Back then, I was just happy to read a funny story about a girl getting revenge with magic. Now, as an adult, I see its complicated messages and subversiveness—which makes me like it even more.” – Taylor
Angelina Ballerina by Katharine Holabird
“I identified really strongly with Angelina as a little girl. I was the ultimate girly-girl, so I really resonated with her daydreamer persona and love of all things pink and tulle. But mostly, I loved how her parents helped her make her dream come true and seeing her perform after all her hard work (oops, spoiler alert!).” – Samantha
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka
“Man, I haven’t read this in so long, but I remember borrowing it from the school library every other week for a year. I loved its variety, and it made me feel like it was OK to be weird.” – Wendy
Bridge To Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
“I remember reading this book over and over when I was young. It helped grow my love of reading because it made me realize that books allow you to escape the real world for a bit and travel to imaginary worlds full of adventure and fun.” – Nicole
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