I often find myself wondering if elementary school students today are reading the same books that I was reading back in the day. Even though new books get written, I like to think that some will be read by generations of children who want to read them to their own children someday.
Here are a few of my favorites books from early childhood, mostly pre-elementary to elementary school. I know I’ll have more to add to this soon:
- The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
- The Art Lesson by Tomie DePaola
- Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel
- Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
- Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
- If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
- Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series by Betty MacDonald
- Wayside School series by Louis Sachar
- Max and Ruby series by Rosemary Wells
Honorable mention goes to The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg, because it was kind of a tradition for me to read it every holiday season although I don’t remember much about it. (You know that all I really took away from the movie was that stellar hot chocolate musical number.)
Another honorable mention is Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, which I never really loved as a child, to be completely honest. But again, it was kind of a tradition for me to read it when I was young.
I definitely have more to add, but I’ll leave you with these for now. I had fun reminiscing, so I’ll be back with more!
What were your favorite childhood books? Did I mention any of them? Which ones did I miss? Have you read all of these?