What Do People Do All Day? by Richard Scarry. Go, Lowly, go!
Go, Dog, Go! by P.D. Eastman. Can I get a puppy, please? How about now? Now? How about now?
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl. Vermicious Knids vs. Oompa Loompas!
A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle. Meg: Every bookish girl's role model, and a time-travel adventure to boot.
Horton Hears A Who by Dr. Seuss. I still think a person's a person no matter how small (or what the species!).
The Misty of Chincoteague series by Marguerite Henry. Can I get a pony? How about now? Best present ever: My parents took us to Chincoteague (Virginia) and we awoke at the crack of dawn one morning to meet a park ranger on a dawn beach walk WITH THE PONIES!!!! Still gets me a little choked up that my parents - not rich, but ever willing to invest in a roadtrip to expand our horizons - were that good to me.
The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White. Oddly, although I loved Charlotte's Web as much as anybody else, this one's my favorite of his. And perhaps it's no surprise that I wound up living in a place where these swans winter every year and that watching them flying above me never, ever gets old.
The Encyclopedia Britannica. Yup. My parents - again: awesomeness on a stick they are/were - bought us the whole set and then set it on shelves in the dining room for most of my childhood. The go-to tomes for resolving dinner table "discussions". Habit of seeking knowledge to resolve conflict and banish ignorance: priceless.
Eight Is Enough for now, no? Oh, wait: That was a guilty-pleasure childhood TV show, not a book... But I'm leaving room for inspiration from everyone else on the hop today.
Here's to keeping the child in each of us right out front in our lives!
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