Books have always had a special place in my heart. My parents were huge advocates of reading when I was growing up, and every night before bed, we sat down and read for at least 30 minutes.
Some of my fondest memories as a child come from these times, and the books I read then continue to influence my life today. Here are the 5 most influential books from my childhood.
1. Guess How Much I Love You
This book tells of story of Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare. The son asks his father, “Guess how much I love you?” They take turns telling each other how much they love each other. Every time we read this story, my mom would tell me that loved me “to the moon and back.” Lesson learned: Tell the people who are important to you just how much you love them.
2. The Rainbow Fish
Rainbow Fish has shiny, bright scales and doesn’t want to share them with the other fish. However, he eventually does share them and realizes how much joy it brings him. Lesson learned: Sharing is important, and giving can be just as rewarding as receiving.
3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
This beloved story of a caterpillar that turns into a beautiful butterfly is still one of my favorite books. The story is very endearing, and the bright colors really bring it to life. Lesson learned: Things aren’t always what they appear to be, and nothing is permanent.
4. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
In this book, Alexander has the worst day ever where nothing goes right. The events that happen to him are so relateable that they’re funny and I loved laughing along while reading this book. Lesson learned: You have to learn to find the humor in bad situations.
5. Green Eggs and Ham
I always loved Dr. Seuss’s classic book. The rhyming pattern kept my attention, and I always yelled at Sam to try the green eggs and ham. Lesson learned: It’s important to try new things and go outside of your comfort zone.
What books from your childhood have had an impact on you? Tell me in the comments below!