Books. They've been around for centuries and they'll be around for centuries more (even if they are downloaded on touch screen tablets instead of printed on paper). Reading to children is one of the most important things a parent can do for their child. I remember monthly trips to the library that my mom took me to as a child where I would pick out stacks and stacks of books to take home and read (or have read to me). Honorable mentions go to Dr. Seuss, Stan & Jan Berenstain and Richard Scarry because I could probably make a top ten list for each one of those authors all by themselves. So, here are ten of my favorite childhood books NOT written by any of them. (In no particular order)

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    I loved following this caterpillars story of eating until it goes to sleep and becomes a butterfly. Looking back, I think there was some fairly obvious 'learning' snuck into the pages of this book. Loved it.

    Beano, TSM
  • Hot Air Henry

    It's about a cat that takes his owner's hot air balloon for a ride. Seriously. I remember rolling on the floor in laughing fits when the cat was "bouncing up and down like a yo-yo."

  • Where The Wild Things Are

    One of THE quintessential childhood reads. If you've never read this one, you need to go to the library right now. (Don't bother with the movie though.)

    Beano, TSM
  • The Magic School Bus: Inside The Human Body

    The entire Magic School Bus series was, well....magical. But this is the only one I actually owner, and therefore, one of my favorites. I never looked at cheese puffs the same way after reading this one.

    Beano, TSM
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon

    This one is all about a 4-year-old boy who can create ANYTHING just by drawing it with his purple crown. Now that is a superpower I'd like to have.

    Beano, TSM
  • There's a Nightmare in My Closet

    This is another one that probably gave me more life lessons than I would have thought it could as a child. It's all about conquering your fears and confronting things that scare you. And it's done with adorably cute nightmare monsters.

    Beano, TSM
  • The Giving Tree

    I love this book, even as an adult. It's terribly sad, yet still heartwarming. It's all about a tree that gives everything it has to the boy it loves.

    Beano, TSM
  • Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

    Ahh, good ol' Mike and his steam shovel. Proving to the world that just because something is bigger, newer, and faster doesn't mean it's any better.

    Beano, TSM
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

    This kid's best friend deserted him, got no dessert in his lunch bag, had lima beans for dinner and there was kissing on TV! Worst day ever...but the book is about the fact that everyone has bad days and you feel, somehow, reassured after reading it. Strange.

    Beano, TSM
  • The Little Engine That Could

    I think I can, I think I can, I think I can...

    Beano, TSM