I’m going to stick with discussing books with you today. Being a teacher you are surrounded by books constantly. You don’t just read a book as a teacher. You dissect it. I have so many books with post-it notes all over them. Many of these post-its have “important questions to ask”, or “why is this part of the story so important?”, or “How does this particular event affect the outcome of the story”. I can keep going. Even though I have not been in the classroom for awhile, it doesn’t stop. You never read a book the same way again if you are/were a teacher. I guess you can call it a hazard of the job. To me, it is just a way of life.

So, here is a wonderful post that summarizes 50 awesome books parents should read to their children.  I think I own about 40 of these books. Sometimes, I own 2 copies: one to use post-its and highlight; the other is my “good” copy. No one can touch that one!  I am super excited to get to Barnes and Noble and check out the 10 books I never read. To me, finding a new book is such a great adventure.

On the list is The Sweetest Fig by: Chris Van Allsburg. I love this book! To be honest, I love all things Chris Van Allsburg . He gets the imagination going and uses such magical vocabulary.  Another one of his amazing books is “The Mysteries of Harris Burdick”. It is a collection of art pieces that have only two or 3 sentences attached to it. According to his notes, these paintings were left at his door and he has no clue who left them. That is intriguing enough to me. However, the pictures and descriptions get you thinking. I won’t lie: I started writing a story about one of the paintings. I could not resist. Give it a try. I’m telling you, you will be hooked!

Good night Moon and The Giving Tree are also on the list. If your home is anything like ours, these stories are heavy hitters. I can probably recite each one of these after having read them for the millionth time. They are feel good books, though, so I don’t mind.


I would like to offer up to you my own addition to this list: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce. This book is utterly amazing. It’s a story of a man who lives his life around his books. It reminded me a lot of myself. However, when I picked it up, I thought of about 10 lessons that I could do with a class if I was teaching. See, it never leaves you, no matter how far removed you are from the classroom.

I hope you have fun with this list. It was a great reminder for me to take out these classics. Just one last thought: try reading this story on an actual hardcopy. There is nothing better than holding a book in your hand. I find it very difficult to read off an electronic device. I guess you can say I am old school. I am a true bookworm at heart!

What are some of your favorite childhood books? Comment below!

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  1. I love this list — Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig is one of my favorites! There are a lot more on there I’m going to have to check out.

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