Today is National Read Across America Day, also known as Dr. Seuss Day, so its a great time to think about the positive impact reading has on children — and on ourselves.
As professionals who write (a lot!) everyday, the books we read force us to think creatively and help us hone our writing skills. In a nod to Dr. Seuss, we’ve revisited some of our favorite childhood books — and the memories they stir.
My favorite book as a child was The Little Prince. I remember owning the pop-up version and loving it because of its watercolor illustrations and imagination provoking content, but now that I re-read it, I value more the messages and observation of life it depicts.
As a child growing up in Cuba, I always enjoyed reading the poems and short stories in “La Edad de Oro” (The Golden Age), a children’s magazine authored by Cuban literary figure José Martí. Decades later, I now enjoy reading those same tales to my three nephews.
The Giving Tree was always my favorite book growing up. Having my mom read it to me at night brought me comfort and she always let me know that she would do anything for me. The book has just always resonated with me and held a special place in my heart.
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss has to be my favorite childhood book. I remember loving the story as a child and I continue to pick up the book every year or so just to read it again.
My favorite book growing up was called “Fritz and the Beautiful Horses” by Jan Brett. I loved this book because well, 1. I obviously love horses and 2. I loved the message it taught me as a young girl in that what truly matters is your character and inner beauty, versus outside appearances, which are often deceiving. It also doesn’t hurt that the book is beautifully illustrated!
Allie Schwartz Grant
When I was little, I had a strange obsession with everything and anything Roald Dahl. I loved all his children’s books… but I really loved his short stories (for adults) the most. I remember my brother used to read me his Book of Ghost Stories every night before I went to sleep… probably wasn’t the best idea for a five year old… but I loved it.
I was a mischievous child. Legend has it that hiding things in my pockets was one of my favorite hobbies. I would traipse around the house accumulating knickknacks, candy and, on occasion, small insects. The music stopped when my mom began sewing my pockets shut. So I began living vicariously through Corduroy. Pockets were restored to my wardrobe when I turned 18. I guess my parents felt I’d regained this privilege once I became old enough to vote and engage in military combat.
I’d say my favorite book as a child was Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham. Dr. Seuss books were actually the books I learned how to read with and I remember Green Eggs and Ham was my favorite.
Shel Silverstein has always been one of my favorite childhood authors. I remember reading through the poems of A Light in the Attic and loving them for their fun nature and relatability. Even as “adults” we can appreciate Shel Silvertein’s writing and illustrations. I’ll always remember reading his poetry curled up on my bean bag chair in my childhood room – procrastinating doing homework and wishing I had my own homework machine.
Alisha Marks Tischler
My favorite book was and is The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery because it is so simplistic in it’s storytelling yet so beautiful and poignant in it’s message. My favorite quote: “The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.”
Hands down, the Jolly Postman is my all-time favorite Children’s book. If you’ve never read it, the Jolly Postman goes from home to home in a fairy-tale kingdom, delivering letters to the three bears, Cinderella and Goldilocks. What makes the book great is that every other page is an actual envelope, with a letter tucked inside. The creative and interactive story-telling technique definitely grabbed my attention, which most of you know can be fleeting at times.