My reading journey began many, many moons ago. Okay… technically I’m only 28, but that counts as many moons!
I can remember my dad reading to me. I can remember picking up books, looking at the pictures, and making up my own stories about the books before I learned to read. Reading has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.
Today I wanted to start a series. I’m calling it Reading Round Up. For each post, I will talk about different books that helped shape my reading life. Today’s discussion is Kid Lit.
Kid Lit to me is any book that can be considered a short story. While, generally speaking, Kid Lit can encompass chapter books I’m not including them in this article. This discussion is exclusively about shorter stories. I guess I would consider Kid Lit to be any book that a family member, teacher, or guardian would read to a child ages infant to 8 (or infant to grade 2).
The books I loved as a child are the books I’ve begun purchasing for my own children. My mom actually brought me a bunch of my old childhood books the last time my parents visited me. In order to instill a lifetime of reading in my sons, I try to read to them as often as I can. In no particular order, here are the books that influenced my childhood.
Stand Alone Books
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Corduroy by Don Freeman – one of my very favorites
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein – the Boy is ungrateful and the Tree is an enabler, but we can teach from it…
Books in a Series(*)
(*) series here being loosely defined and my personal favorites are listed!
The Magic School Bus by Joana Cole and Bruce Degan
- Lost in the Solar System
- Inside the Human Body
- In the Time of the Dinosaurs
No David by David Shannon
- David Goes to School
- David Gets in Trouble
- David Smells
Little Golden Books various authors
- The Poky Little Puppy
- The Little Red Caboose
- The Pied Piper
- The Little Red Hen
- I have some of my OG Little Golden Books and you can tell I really loved these books!
Clifford by Norman Bridwell
- Clifford, the Small Red Puppy
- Clifford the Firehouse Dog
- Clifford Follows His Nose
Arthur by Marc Brown
- Arthur’s Baby
- Arthur’s Eyes
- Arthur’s Pet Business
Little Critter by Mercer Mayer – these were definitely my favorite books!
- I Just Forgot
- Just for You
- Just Me and My Dad
- I Was So Mad
- When I Get Bigger
The Berenstain Bears by Stan and Jan Berenstain
- Too Much TV
- Visit the Dentist
- Get the Gimmies
- The Cat in the Hat
- Horton Hears a Who!
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- The Lorax
- Green Eggs and Ham
- Oh, the Places You’ll Go
Curious George by H.A. Rey
- Flies a Kite
- Gets a Bike
- Goes to the Hospital
What are some of your favorite children’s stories?
Note: All images were taken from Google.