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My favorite childhood books

Updated on July 23, 2013

These books were really the best when I was little.

I was thinking back to my childhood and wanted to relive some of the memories of my youth. I figured putting together my favorite childhood books lens would do the trick. I have had a great time looking up my these old books and discovering them again. Great books from your childhood become a part of you and will create great memories.

For those of you who have kids and haven't bought these books. I strongly recommend it as your kid will think fondly of reading these books later in life.

Take a look and let me know what you think.

THE BEST LITTLE MONKEYS IN THE WORLD - Mischeivous, cute and fun for all

The Best Little Monkeys in the World (Step Into Reading, Step 2)
The Best Little Monkeys in the World (Step Into Reading, Step 2)

This was one of my favorite books growing up. It is about two kid monkeys being left at home with a babysitter talking on the phone while there parents are gone. The monkeys get into all kinds of messy situations and have to make things right before their parents get back. Great artwork and a good moral to the story. Colorful and vibrant pictures make the book a very fun read.


JUST FOR YOU - Never give up and keep trying is his motto

Just for You (Little Critter) (Look-Look)
Just for You (Little Critter) (Look-Look)

A wonderfully cute story about a kid that just can't seem to do things right. He tries so hard and makes a mess of himself trying to show he cares. Wonderful drawings that are adorable and funny at the same time.


WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE - A classic story of a boys imagination

Where the Wild Things Are
Where the Wild Things Are

For this classic tale it is much better reading the book than seeing the movie. While the movie is superb with capturing the artistic details of this fascinating world it doesn't do the story itself justice. This is a wonderful tale of imagination and wonderment for kids of all ages. Please look over this classic once again and relive it in all its glory.


THE BERENSTAIN BEARS - A family with oodles of adventures

Big Book of the Berenstain Bears
Big Book of the Berenstain Bears

A great book about family and growing up. They experience many ups and downs showing the ins and outs of real life conflict while still appealing to children. It fun, smart and inventive with lots of different adventures depending on your mood.


THE SLEEP BOOK - yawn... yawn.....zzzz

Dr Seuss's Sleep Book
Dr Seuss's Sleep Book

Here is the perfect book for putting your little ones to sleep. My mom would often read this book to me when I was younger and it seemed to do the trick. A great book from the collection of Dr. Suess.


CLIFFORD - The big red dog

Clifford The Big Red Dog (Clifford 8x8)
Clifford The Big Red Dog (Clifford 8x8)

Clifford is the largest dog in the world and this causes him to have a lot of interesting adventures. It is a great story of feeling out of place and overcoming all odds. A great lovable character.


UNCLE SHELBY'S ABZ BOOK (older kid, teen)

Uncle Shelby's ABZ Book: A Primer for Adults Only
Uncle Shelby's ABZ Book: A Primer for Adults Only

WARNING: Not for young kids. I read this when I was probably 8 years old with my cousins.The book is addressed to kids and will tell them to do all sorts of terrible things like throw eggs at the ceiling, don't use the toilet cause you will fall in, scream as loud as you can, take candy from strangers, etc.. So make sure your kid is smart enough to know it is for humor and not a guide to life. I suggest that parents look through it first to see if it is appropriate for their child.

Otherwise this is a hilarious book that teaches the alphabet (or so it says to children). It is authored by the great Shel Silverstein who has done other works like "Where the Sidewalk Ends" and "A Light in the Attic" . It uses examples of each letter and has a lot of other content for comedic purposes. A lot of the humor is dark, sarcastic and even uncomfortable at times. This is one of my all time favorite books even now.

The first page sums up the humor rather nicely.

In reference to why he writes the book he states "The little ones have always had a very special place in his tired old heart. Yes, I have heard them crying late at night, and I have thought about them. I have heard them playing and laughing outside my window while I am trying to sleep and I have thought about them." He goes on to say "And so this book --- to help all my little friends get all the things in life they so richly deserve." A great introduction to set the tone for the book.


THE STINKY CHEESE MAN (age 6+) - Wonderfully creative untelling of classic fairytales

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

This book is an alternate darker retelling of the classic fairytales we read as we grow up. It takes classics such as The Gingerbread Man, The Princess and the Pea, The Frog Prince and transforms them into such tales as The Stinky Cheese Man and The Princess and the Bowling Ball.

These stories are comedic and a little dark humored at times but all in all it makes for a fun alternative to the traditional tales when the kids are a bit older.


What was your favorite childhood book?

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      7 years ago

      You've already got a lot of my favorites! I also like Ox-Cart Man. Blessed :)


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