“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!
|The Adventures of Tin Tin|
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.
|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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