What are your top five favourite picture books?
I don’t remember very many picture books, to be honest, so this took some serious thinking. I remember being read to, and I remember going to the library, but most of the books I remember from my childhood start in the chapter book section: American Girls, Babysitter’s Club, Boxcar Children. I know there were some picture books at some point, but I started reading on my own really early, so I didn’t hang on to most of them for long.
Here are the ones I do remember:
- Barenstain Bears
- Little Bear (I must have had a thing for bears!)
- Babar the Elephant
- I Love You Forever
There’s also some vague ones that I can remember the characters, but I don’t know their titles–something about Mrs. Rude Girl, those multi colored shapes that taught a lesson–someone has to remember what I’m talking about. There was also one about too many cooks in the kitchen, and an old grandmother making soup. It had crudely drawn people with really big noses and scraggly hair. Awesome description, I know.
And then, of course, I was a huge fan of fairy tales and fables–I still am.
It’s probably good I’m not a parent. I’d be reading the poor kid Game of Thrones and Dorian Gray!
hard to pick just 5 I was a more bookish child than I have time for as an adult: #5) Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel. #4) Winnie The Pooh. # 3) How the Grinch Stole Christmas. #2) Go, Dog, Go! (I still repeat, sometimes, “The light is green now! Go, Dog, Go!” when in traffic.) and my #1) Fox in Socks (those Tweedle Beetles!) I was a big fan of Alice in Wonderland, the Oz series, and books about Indians, fairy tales, and fantasy, too.