“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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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