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Five Children's Books That Changed My Life

Updated on July 14, 2014

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

“I do not like green eggs and ham I do not like them Sam-I-Am.” There is not a child or adult who hasn't been enthralled by the legendary author Theodore Seuss Geisel. Green Eggs and Ham was one of over fifty extraordinarily creative children's books crafted by the enchanting Dr. Seuss. According to Publishers Weekly it was the fourth-best selling English language children's book of all time. The persistence of the main character "Sam I Am" eventually wins out over an unwilling participant in an unusual green egg and ham taste test. It was a clever way for parents to get children to eat their broccoli. Appearance can be deceptive. Be open to new experiences. The story served as motivation for us all. Never be afraid to try something new.

Green Eggs and Ham

Let Papa Sleep by Emily Reed

Let Papa Sleep is a nostalgic story for children who may have had parents working the night shift. It was rather poignant to my sister's and I who heard the phrase, "Let Papa sleep." from our mother repeatedly in our youth. It's the sweet universal tale of rambunctious siblings Chip and Pip who just want to play and have fun. My older sisters received two huge stuffed bunny rabbits with droopy floppy ears from a family friend. They would hit each other with the stuffed bunnies like they were feather pillows but actually hurt much worse. The ruckus and laughter reminiscent of Chip and Pip was the reason my Mom loved to read that story to us. The book reminds me of the innocence of my childhood. It inspires children to be respectful and considerate of others.

What Do People Do All Day by Richard Scarry

Children and adults could spend weeks reading and pouring over the illustrations of all Richard Scarry masterpieces. The books were so popular they caused scuffles among school children checking out library books. What Do People Do All Day provided most children our first glimpse into the adult work world. What was it like to be a farmer, police officer, fireman or pilot? Captivated children were able to imagine and explore a future career.

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Any child who grew up in a frigid northern climate absolutely loves the captivating picture book The Snowy Day. Snow is beautiful and magical when you're a child. A" Snow Day" is a play day. There are icicles to lick, snow angels to make and trails of mysterious footprints to follow “One winter morning Peter woke up and looked out the window. Snow had fallen during the night. It covered everything as far as he could see.”

The Wonder of a Snowy Day

Mr. Pine's Purple House by Leonard P. Kessler

Mr. Pine's Purple House was the first book I learned to read all by myself. I would recite the book to my family until every word was fully understood. There was a great sense of accomplishment when for the first time I was reading to my mother, father and siblings instead of them reading to me. Perhaps to their dismay the story was victoriously read aloud a thousand times per day. Mr. Pine's Purple House unlocked all the doors to a love of literature and learning adventures. The story of Mr. Pine and his unique purple home was an early and dearly held lesson in individuality and creativity. Thanks, Mr. Leonard P. Kessler, to you so much is owed, I'm eternally grateful to my family. There are a hundred more books loved and remembered as a child, The five children's books that changed my life live on fondly in my memories. What books from your childhood influenced and inspired you?

And here's his house. Third door from the left. I think. Looks kind of like the door on the right. And the door on the left. And every door on every house on Pine Street. Therein lies Mr. Pine's problem. He'd like to be able to tell which house is his.

Maybe if he plants a pine tree right out front, he thinks.

Pine tree.
Pine's house.
That's me!

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  • LKMore01 profile imageAUTHOR


    5 years ago

    Thank you for reading the Hub, Careermommy!

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    Tirralan Watkins 

    5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

    These classic books are the best LKMore01. Thank you for taking me down memory lane...

  • Rachel Horon profile image

    Rachel Horon 

    5 years ago from Indiana

    It's wonderful to see the classics like Green Eggs and Ham or The Snowy Day, but I also enjoyed the books that are more specific to how you grew up. Even as a mom I am still reading books that have an impact on how I see my community and world.

  • LKMore01 profile imageAUTHOR


    5 years ago

    Thank you, Billy. There is still a lot more detail I could add and more editing of course.

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    Bill Holland 

    5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Great title. I would not normally read a hub about children's books, but your title had me wondering how these books changed your life. Nice job.


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