Remember those nights as a kid when it was so hard to pick a book to read before bed? I remember zipping up my zip up onesie pajamas, securing my feet into those plastic booties, and running to the bookcase to find the perfect book. Here are my top 5. What are yours? 

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#5 The Berenstain Bears: I LOVED these books. My dad was in radio so making voices of characters and narration came natural to him. I would rest my head on his shoulder, twirling my blonde pigtails while sucking my thumb listening intently. Sure I knew the ending, I had heard it a million times before, but somehow dad made it just as exciting each time.

#4 Blueberries For Sal- 

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What a classic! Set in a small Maine town, this book was really close to home. I loved the pictures and the bear cub. It's been so long since i've see the book but just seeing this picture gives me a tummy tickle.

#3 The Very Hungry Caterpillar-

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 I remember thinking...wait a second, caterpillars turn into butterflies? How does this happen? Dad would turn through these bright colors as I would make him stop to look at the page before. He was never impatient with me. We would talk about the colors and he would answer my very deep questions about how this could possibly happen. We even found a caterpillar, fed it milkweed pods and watched it form a chrysalis hatching into a beautiful butterfly. It was fun to read the book with dad and watch it come to life. Allowing the beautiful new life to fly away was such beautiful feeling.

 

#2 How To Eat Fried Worms-

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When I was old enough to read on my own books, I check out this classic because everyone at recess was talking about it. This cover intrigued me. How is he going to join the club and eat that? I could never do that! And how in the world are they going to cook that poor worm?

 

#1 Where The Wild Things Are-

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The illustration in this classic book by Maurice Sendak had me gazing for hours. I loved the colors and detail. From each blade of grass to every expression on the character's faces. It's the book I picked most often. It made my imagination soar. I still love this book and have bought a copy for each of my Nephews and Niece.

 

What were your favorite childhood books?