Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Childhood Memories

A couple weeks back I was privileged to guest post on my gal pal Autumn's blog called The Pickled Poppy. She asked me to stick with a back to school theme and I chose to write about something that can be relevant at all times. I have revised the post a little bit and wanted to share a rendition of it with you.

Family is super important to me. 
In thinking about family, it often brings me back to fond memories of childhood-especially around this time of year-Back to School, fall, days getting shorter, cozy nights snuggled up on the couch...

One of my favorite memories of childhood is something that my parents did throughout the year.

Read.

They would read to me when I was too young to know how. When I was learning to read they would help me along. When I was old enough to read, my parents took my siblings and I to the library weekly, especially in the summer. My parents always encouraged reading and what a gift that was! It made back to school fun because I knew that I would get to read new books in english class!

I thought it would be fun to share some of my all time favorite children's books. I'd love to hear about your experience with reading and/or your favorite books!

1. Blueberries for Sal, $6.53
2. Corduroy 40th Anniversary Edition, $13.59
3. First Day Jitters, $6.95
4. I Just Forgot, $3.99
5. The Berenstain Bear's Learn About Strangers, $3.99
6. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, $10.58
7. Harold and the Purple Crayon, $6.95
8. Where the Wild Things Are, $8.95

Are any of my favorites some of yours? I would love to hear what your favorites are!


Happy Reading!

7 thoughts:

Mama Pea said...

Blueberries for Sal is awesome. So is Corduroy! How about The Pokey Little Puppy, Pat the Bunny, Where Did the Baby Go?, and Green Eggs and Ham!

Ashlee Vega said...

Awwww, I love Alexander and the Terrible!!!!!

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

Such a great book! It is fun to remember being a kiddo;)

Erika Riggs said...

corduroy was one of my FAVORITES.

but i'm surprised you liked the berenstein bears strangers book-- that scared me growing up. I preferred berenstein bears the messy room :)

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

I liked it because it taught me to never talk to strangers. I remember being a bit scared because I would talk to anyone who would listen. After reading that book with my parents I understood why I would always get told not to talk to people. I just felt like I was always in trouble until that point:) I liked the messy room too. I also liked the little critter books!!!!

Beth said...

These books bring back so many great memories! I loved the Berenstein Bears and had so many of those books :)

Ashley said...

Alexander was my favorite! Still love it. When I was really young I also loved anything by Caroline Haywood (B is for Betsy, etc), Berenstein Bears, Frances (the badger), Beverly Cleary, the Boxcar children, Little House . . .

My parents were the same with reading and I went to the library every week with my dad. I think reading so much at an early age (and continuing reading) helped me in lots of ways. I learned grammar, spelling, punctuation - just from seeing it published correctly over and over, you know? Not that I always show what I learned when I write, ha! I also learned a lot about other languages and cultures, without even realizing that was happening. For example, by reading books about girls in ballet, I learned some french. Anytime I read a book with a character in another country I learned words in different languages and began to recognize root words that are in all languages based on Latin. I picked up bits & pieces about other cultures through storybooks.

Those things alone are worth it to me, but then when you include all the other positive aspects of being a young & avid reader, you really can't deny that it's SO good for developing minds! I actually have a post going up Monday about taking my kids to the library, but it's mostly pictures. I think I'm going to write another post about some of what I've written here and maybe also highlight some of the libraries I've loved. Yay! :)

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