I have very strong childhood memories involving books – both reading and being read to. So I was very glad that my Mum kept all the books from my childhood and gave them to me when Noah was a few months old. I plan to pass some on to my brother and sister if they have kids themselves in the future.
Here are a few of my favourites :
The Cat in the Hat series is a longstanding favourite among kids. (Noah being no exception as he insists most nights that I read it … I often paraphrase it as it is quite wordy, this can be difficult when you’re still trying to keep the rhyme going – he hasn’t noticed yet !)
However this particular one is extra special as it was my Dad’s childhood book. He added some of his own drawings at the back – how precious!
Another classic that I ‘inherited’ is the Richard Scarry Storybook Dictionary. Also annotated – although I suspect my brother’s work in this one.
…hmmm… Doctor Phil and Nurse Nora(h) Jones… perhaps a more recent addition?
I LOVE the gorgeous illustrations in Shirley Hughes’s books and ‘Bathwater’s Hot’ has got to be one of my all time favourites.
‘Baby Dear’ was given to me when my Mum had my sister (I was 2.5 years old.) I also was given a doll who I named Baby Dear at the same time. The illustrator captures chubby cheeked babies and toddlers perfectly and I love that its a bit tatty.
It was obviously written back when bottle feeding was more in vogue.
Ahhh , the memories.
I’m sure this is not the last I will blog on this – I just have so many old books (The Berenstein Bears, Little Critter, Mog … etc etc the list goes on!)
What are your favourite childhood books?