I learned to read when I was four, since K-4 was offered at my Christian school. I have clear memories of sitting in our basement, reading slightly mildewy books as if they were my best friends. One of my favorites was the book above, The Innkeeper’s Daughter. I remember the little girl, Abigail, was a wild child who liked to run around upsetting carts and generally making messes. Naughty, naughty Abigail was a recurring line throughout the book. But then her father, the innkeeper, decided to house a pregnant lady and her husband overnight…and of course it was Mary and Joseph. Once naughty Abigail looked in baby Jesus’ face, she knew she was looking at something spectacular, and wanted to turn her life around.
I’ve since lost that copy of the book, but I’ll never forget it. It was the story of the prodigal son, before I even understood that story from the Bible.
My kids have loved different books. Richard Scarry was probably my son’s favorite, as he loved looking at all the trucks/cars in the pictures, and the stories were hilarious.
My daughter loved Dr. Seuss’ One Fish Two Fish, Hop on Pop and just about anything Dr. Seuss. I love the fact that he wrote those books as early readers, but broke the Dick and Jane traditions with his semi-surreal pictures and storylines.
My other daughter loved her kindergarten readers, a set of books called Fun Tales.
There are so many other wonderful children’s books, I know I haven’t begun to scratch the surface. I also loved Arnold Lobel’s Mouse Tales and Owl at Home. Not to mention all those Little Golden Books, Little Bear books…the list is endless.
Hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane!
******Which books do you still remember from your childhood? Can you explain why they still stick with you?******
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