Mini-Challenge: Children’s Books

Lynn has challenged us to blog about five of our favorite/most memorable children’s books. It’s late and I’m tired, but I think my fuzzy brain can handle this one!

Here are the first five books that I thought of from my own childhood, and a memory I have of each one:

1. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Honestly, I don’t remember much about the actual story. I do remember that my dad bought it for me when I was young, and my mother was horrified. She, apparently, didn’t realize it was an award-winning, classic children’s book. She just saw the pictures and the “monsters” and said, “Why on earth would you buy THAT book for a sweet little girl??”

2. Bears in the Night by Stan and Jan Berenstain. This is the first book I remember learning to read. I remember amazing aunts and uncles and grandparents because I was just a wee, little thing and could read this book cover to cover. Truth be told, I’m pretty sure I had it memorized and I wasn’t actually READING it… but, hey, ya gotta start somewhere, right? “Whooooo! Up Spook Hill…”

3. Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman. I remember loving the pictures in this book… all of the goofy dogs, and the dog party in the big tree… and the boy dogs flirting with girl dogs… and the ugly dog hats. Oh, the memories!!

4. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss. This is “the” Dr. Seuss book that I remember most from my childhood. Not The Cat in the Hat or Green Eggs and Ham. It was the fish book for me! I’m sure this was another one that I wasn’t really “reading,” but reciting.

5. Any book by Ezra Jack Keats… you choose! All I know is that elementary school media specialists looooove Ezra Jack Keats. I always loved Library Days and being read to by the awesome librarian; she was good! And she loved EJK books. And, although I don’t remember much about the stories themselves, I do remember being mesmerized by the illustrations in his books.

I could probably make a list a mile long… especially if I got into “older” children’s books like Ramona and Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys! Maybe I’ll save those for another day when I need blogging material. Thanks for a fun challenge and trip down Memory Lane, Lynn! 🙂

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