May 17, 2012 {childhood favorites}

Welcome back friends!
This week we are talking about our favorite books from childhood and adolescence.  I'm curious to see what books were special to you and what turned you into the bookworm you are today.


I have always loved stories for as long as I can remember.  I try to instill that same love of literature and story-telling in my kids all the time.  I read to them every single day and there is nothing better than having Jude plop down on my lap with a book of his choice or hearing Jonathan beg for one more chapter.  There are three authors that helped shaped my life that I especially want my kiddos exposed to...I shall call them the Children's Lit Trifecta.

1. Dr. Seuss

I know it's sort of a given, right?  I loved One Fish, Two Fish as a kid, and my boys love it too.  However, I never realized until I became a mother, the deep, meaningful messages incorporated into Dr. Seuss' books.  The Sneetches teach us that appearances don't make one person better than another, Yertle the Turtle teaches us that one mighty power cannot stand without the support of many, and of course there is the graduation ceremony mantra of Oh, the Places You'll Go!.  I never knew there was more to Dr. Seuss than Green Eggs and Ham, but as a mom, I appreciate stronger messages sewn into the lovable, lyrical stories of Dr. Seuss.
"You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose."
-Dr. Seuss

2. Roald Dahl
Every child needs to read Roald Dahl.  I remember being one of the only kids who knew who R.D. was, and I remember feeling weird for liking him so much. But there's nothing wrong with being a little weird these days and that's what I love about his books.  They're not like anything else. Each of his characters are extraordinary outcasts who take on the world's bullies and through their peculiarities prevail.  The BFG, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Some of the best books I've read.  I'm about to start this one (pictured) with Jonathan.  I just know he will love it.  Besides, the movie made of this book was phenomenal and he's not allowed to see the movie without reading the book first, so I'm excited to expose him to the quirky, creative world of Roald Dahl.

3. Shel Silverstein

Along the same lines of Roald Dahl.  Every child needs to read Shel Silverstein.  His poetry collections are funny, clever, the pictures are great,  and it's poetry for goodness sakes!  Poetry that kids want to read.  But mainly, Silverstein is important because there are some excellent lessons in there.  Check out this fellow blogger use a S.S. poem to prove a stellar point.  He taught us that the world was made for dreamers and doers and that our imaginations are endless.

Aside from all of the entertaining, fun things kids will read, I think nothing could be more important than the lessons these three writers have to offer.  Personally, they taught me that books can make us relate, feel, understand, think and laugh.  These writers planted the seeds that made me the lover of literature that I am today, and that I hope my boys someday become.
 I want to live in a world of their creation.

You know the routine.  Link up below.  Can't wait to read what you have for us!

As for next week (5/24):
I want to hear your favorite male character.  Or how about your least favorite male character?  One you love to hate, or hate to love?  A great hero or a perfectly evil villain.  Casanova or comedian.  Your choice...pick a male character, or two, or more and share your thoughts!



Katie Price said...

All wonderful picks! Roald Dahl is one of my personal favorites. The books are so good for read aloud as well, and some of my favorites to use for one-on-one reading with a student. Do you think your kiddos will end up being readers, like you?

Erinn said...

Yes! This is awesome. I wasn't big into the Ronald Dahl books but I really did love The Witches as a child. Shel Silverstein is just so freakin awesome. I love how simliar we are when it comes to books :) This week's prompt was really a great way. Got me out of my blogging funk I've been in :) And next week's prompt is an excellent one! I really do love this link up :)

Megan C. Stroup said...

Interestingly enough, I didn't really read any of those books growing up, yet I still consider them classics! I have my sister to thank for my bookworm-ness. Apparently she taught me how to read, though I don't remember it, but I was reading chapter books before I started school, so I guess she did a good job! I remember aging out of "children's books" so fast, and my mom didn't really like the books I read because they were "too grown up," but she still didn't want to stop me because she wanted me to be challenged. I hid White Oleander under my mattress when I read it way back when, because I didn't think she would approve haha.

Sharisse Lopez said...

Awww! I did Shel Silverstein, too. <3

imlivinginadream said...


I actually only discovered Shel Silverstein as an older kid & never appreciated him until I started my job now (I mean, working with kids' books I've learned which ones really deserve special attention!)

It's weird because I associate so many of the books you've mentioned above with WORK rather than with CHILDHOOD which can be so strange. But I love recommending all these books to new parents and hopefully their children will one day feel the same way about the classics!

B E C K Y said...

Shel Silverstein is a must! ... yet I didn't list him. I suck.

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