Childhood Books

“A book is a gift you can open again and again.” – Garrison Keillor

Teach a child to read, and you give them a gift that lasts a lifetime. Today is International Literacy Day and we at Ebates decided to honor it with a little trip down memory lane. Some of our wonderful employees told us about their absolute favorite childhood books, ranging from classic fairy tales to modern spoofs of those timeless stories. Take a look at what books we rounded up and let us know all about your favorite children’s book in the comments, whether it’s one from your own childhood or a new favorite you read to your little ones.

Senior HR Generalist
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
By Laura Joffe Numeroff

This was definitely one of my most memorable books because it just made sense to me then and even now. I mean…if you gave me a cookie now I would also still like a glass of milk.
Senior Marketing Manager
Emilie fait pipi au lit
By Domitille de Pressensé

I probably had the entire collection! My mom used to read me one of them every evening before going to bed. My favorite part was at the end of each book, all the characters were illustrated doing different things and my mom used to ask me things like “where is Emilie holding her hedgehog?” and I had to point it out. I loved it!
Database Administrator
The Adventures of Tin Tin
By Hergé

My brother and I grew up reading “The Adventures of Tintin” books. These trend-setting graphic novels truly inspired us with all the adventures, my personal favorite being “The Hunt for the Mythical Yeti.” And that Captain Haddock is something else!
VP of Product Management
The Adventures of Pinocchio
By Carlo Lorenzini & Fritz Kredel

I really loved the story and the Kredel illustration somehow came alive for me. And it taught me some good lessons – although I think I tested and my nose didn’t grow.
Online Marketing Specialist
The Haunted House
By Walt Disney Productions

The Haunted House was my favorite book as a child. My older brother taught me how to read when I was 4 years old and this book was the starting point.
Office Administrator and AP Specialist
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
By Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith

A fun and silly take on fairly tales.
Marketing Copywriter
Taro and the Tofu
By Masako Matsuno

My grandma read me this book all the time when I was a kid. It’s a first edition from the 60s and still sits on her shelf. The illustrations are in beautiful color pencil and the story teaches about integrity. Not to mention, I didn’t know what tofu was until I read this book.
Sales Operations Coordinator
Amos and Boris
By William Steig

It is about a small and adventurous mouse named Amos who finds a friend in a huge whale named Boris. This book taught me that even the most different of people can get along and build lasting friendships. And that those you expect the least from, can end up helping you in the biggest way.
Content Marketing Specialist
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
By Dr. Seuss

This book was very special to me because it shows that even the meanest, angriest, grinchiest person can do nice things for other people/Whos. You can never underestimate the kindness of strangers and it taught me to be nice to everyone I meet, no matter how mean, angry, or grinchy they appear. People can surprise you.
Social Marketing Associate
Each Peach Pear Plum
By Janet and Allan Ahlberg

My father used to read me Each Peach Pear Plum so much that we both had most of it memorized. While reading the book, you play “I Spy” to find the different characters from Mother Goose and other characters. I still can remember the first two pages perfectly!
Sales and Marketing Coordinator
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
By Eric Carle

I would always drool looking at all the deliciousness the caterpillar got to munch on...cherry pies and watermelon and cheese, oh my!

What are some of your favorite childhood books? Let us know in the comments!

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Whitney Stutes

Whitney is an artist who enjoys the cuter side of life. She loves video games, horror movies and dreams of owning a Beauty and the Beast style library (sliding ladder and all). She enjoys painting, drawing, digital graphics and exploring new art mediums which can be seen at Whitney Lynn Art. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area surrounded by her books.

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