National Read a Book Day!

Happy National Read a Book Day!!  While I read every night, it’s always fun to have a day devote to recognizing the importance of reading.  We all know the benefits to reading and how important it is to start early.  So, I reflected on my childhood favorites, as well as some of my children’s favorite books, too!  Even though I do not typically review children books, my love for reading began when I was a child.  I thought I’d share a few really great books that I grew up loving and they are books my children grew up reading as well.



I remember reading this book as a child, and later buying this book for our oldest son.    We purchased the whole Dr. Seuss collection and my husband would read to my stomach, so that he could hear (while I was pregnant).  Phillip grew up on Dr. Seuss and loved the books!

This book was my younger sons, favorite book!  We’d read it to him and build up the anticipation of “who is that monster at the end of the book?”.  Sesame street books were his favorite and he loved every one of them!







This is one of my daughter’s favorite books! While I didn’t have a book like this growing up, my daughter loves touching the honey bees and counting with me.  It’s a book that she loves reading over and over again with me :)





As a child, this is a book that I read over and over again.  It was a simple book, but with a powerful image.  I always felt so sad at the end, wondering why the little boy couldn’t appreciate what he had.  It’s a book that is my all time favorite!

Judy Blume books were my saving grace growing up!  I absolutely loved every book she wrote and while everyone was reading, Beverly Cleary books, I was reading these thought provoking books that seemed to speak to me each time I opened the books.  While I also love Beverly Cleary books, my life was so stressful and full of turmoil that I couldn’t resonate with the innocence Ramona had and the intact family she came from.  However, as an adult, I have come to appreciate Beverly’s books as my sons loved hearing all her books on audio.  When we’d go on trips or simply be driving around, we nixed the videos and played audio books instead.  It was so entertaining for us and I have many fond memories of our trips when my children were young.  However, as a child from a broken and abusive home, I connected so much with Judy Blume, and this book is one of my absolute favorites!


Long before 90210 was the craze for all teenage girls, Sweet Valley High had already made its mark in the literary world!  If you were a girl and loved romance, most likely you were also reading your Sweet Valley High books, too!  I remember saving my money and buying every book!  Francine Pascal couldn’t write quick enough for me!! I loved her books and was absolutely excited when Francine Pascal released a book, titled Sweet Valley High Confidential recently!!

So, what are some of your favorite childhood books?  I’d love to hear from you!  Again, it doesn’t matter what genre of reading your prefer, doesn’t matter if it’s a holiday or not, making time to read is what is most imporant :)