10 Favorite Childhood Picture Books

10 Favorite Childhood Picture Books

Little Heirloom Books’ subscription box launch is just around the corner!  And we are so excited to share with you beautiful, uplifting books that are full of positive values along with classic, useful children’s goods that both your children AND you will love!

While we are putting the last of the details for our subscription box together, we wanted to introduce ourselves to you!  And we thought, “What better way to introduce ourselves than to share the books that we adored when we were kids?”

I’m Meredith.  I’m a single mom living in Utah with my three children – 2 boys and a girl – who range in age from 4 to 11.  I love art and design  (you can find my lettering at South Harbor), and gravitate towards nonfiction and memoirs in my personal reading time.  I have a soft spot in my heart for beautifully illustrated picture books.  Not just any book will do!  I use my children’s birthdays, holidays, a good find at Costco (pretty much any reason) to build our home library.  A good book is a good book – no matter how old you are!  And there are so many gems to find.  We can’t wait to help you build your own library at home!  

When I was little, these were 5 of my absolute favorites that I read over and over again.  

Where the Sidewalk Ends.  “Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me, too, went for a ride in a flying shoe…”  Ah, there are so many favorites in here!  And have you ever listened to Shel Silverstein read selections himself on the accompanying CD?  It doesn’t get any better!

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.  I loved this book way before the movie came out (I haven’t even seen the movie, actually…should I admit that?).  And to this day I still think about pats of butter melting on mashed potato mountains every time there’s a good snowfall!

Doctor De Soto.  Dr. De Soto is a dentist.  But he also happens to be a mouse.  Which could cause all kinds of problems for him if he isn’t very careful about who he treats.  When a fox with a toothache wanders in one day, the compassionate Dr. De Soto decides to treat him, after all – and, in the end, proves to be even more clever than the fox himself!

The Hungry Thing.  A lovable dragon-like creature wanders into town and he is HUNGRY.  This clever book has the hungry thing all mixed up as he tries to ask for what he’d really like to eat.  The confusing of familiar words made me laugh every time.  It’s out of print now, but used copies are easy to find and totally worth it.  

Where the Wild Things Are.  Who doesn’t love this classic by Maurice Sendak?!  Max and his wild things have a place in everyone’s hearts and rightfully so.  As a child I loved going on Max’s adventure with him and now, as a mother, I see a little of my own wild but tender-hearted child in Max every time I read it.

I’m Camille.  I live in North Carolina with my husband and four awesome little humans, with one more due in April.  Reading is my jam.  I’m an introvert at heart but love a good intimate social gathering.  I love playing the piano, a cozy blanket with a fun TV show, and I have a deep love for French fries (specifically fresh cut).

Books have always been a part of my life.  I’m sure you remember the days of yearbook awards.  Well, in 8th grade I was honored to receive the “Biggest Bookworm” award.  At the time, I wasn’t too thrilled.  The picture was not especially flattering and I’m sure it didn’t help my social standing much but reading has been a theme throughout my life.  I was the child in second grade at indoor recess sitting on the stairs in the gym getting hit in the head with basketballs because my nose was stuck in a book.  I remember staying up late reading The Boxcar Children many nights.   And now, as an adult, I still check out way more books from the library than I can possibly finish because I really hate being without options for the next read once I finish my current book.  The last time I counted the books on my nightstand, I had close to 15.  I think I have a problem.

There’s just something about books that connect us to each other and offer us a view into other people’s worlds.  Reading has added richness and diversity to my life and the older I get the more I value quality literature.  I am doing my best to instill the same love of reading in my children.  I want books that will teach them empathy, while catching their attention with vibrant illustrations and a positive story that we both can enjoy.

These are some of my favorite books from childhood:

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.  Some days are just rotten, and sometimes I don’t even know why I’m in a bad mood.  So if you’re like me, you can probably relate to Alexander.

The Runaway Bunny.  I remember my mom reading this classic of Margaret Wise Brown’s many times as a child.  This little bunny wants to run away, but his mom has a plan to follow him wherever he goes.  The illustrations are just as sweet as the story.

Caps for Sale.  I love this story of a peddler walking through the village with all his caps on his head.  After he wakes from a post-lunch nap, he finds that monkeys have stolen all the hats.   The interactions he has with the monkeys are hillarious, and even my 2-year-old son laughs at their antics.  This is still one of my favorites, and it’s so fun to read aloud.

Animalia.  The illustrations in this book really stand out.  All of Graeme Base’s books have beautiful, vibrant pictures.  This is an alphabet book with each page themed around a different letter.  It’s full of alliteration and as a child, I loved finding the different items in the pictures.  Don’t forget to look for the little boy that is hiding on every page.

The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear.  My kindergarten teacher had a supersize version of this book and read it to us frequently.  It was a classroom favorite.  Instead of telling the reader the story, the narrator talks straight to the mouse and offers suggestions on how to hide the delicious strawberry from the big hungry bear.  I LOVE the pictures in this book.  Don and Audrey Wood also wrote The Napping House, but this little mouse stole my heart and is my favorite of all of their books.

What were your favorite books when you were a kid?  Leave them in the comments!

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