13 Children’s Books That Will Make Millennials Nostalgic
Despite the fact that we have graduated from vibrant animations and clever rhymes to sophisticated literature… or in some cases… 50 Shades of Grey, we can’t deny our forever faithfulness to our favorite childhood stories.
The stories that evoke fond memories of your mom’s warm chocolate chip cookies, getting snugly tucked in with your beloved teddy bear or huddling in a tent in your backyard while dad reads you the classics by lantern light. Nothing was more comforting than listening to a story before bed, enjoying its brilliant colors and doe-eyed characters, your eyes growing heavier with the passing of each paper page.
In the spirit of spreading sleepy serenity to all of our readers, we have compiled a list of enchanting bedtime stories that will incite nostalgia and take you back to a simpler time. Reading them with an adult perspective might even uncover some hidden meanings.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Perhaps one of the more obvious choices, it’s hard to find someone who didn’t love this classic. We challenge you to find the tiny mouse in every picture of the room.
Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Let the wild rumpus begin! Did you know? The “things” were based on Sendak’s immigrant relatives.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle & Bill Martin Jr.
A young East German librarian once told Carle that she opposed the book because the caterpillar represents a capitalist.
The Cat In The Hat by Dr. Seuss
This 236-word book took the author nine months to write!
The Story of Babar by Jean de Brunhoff
The author’s wife originally told the tale about an orphaned elephant to her sick sons who repeated it to their illustrator father Jean the next day who immediately recognized its potential as a children’s book.
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Silverstein was a songwriter and wrote a song version of The Giving Tree that was included on Bobby Bare’s 1974 country album, Singin’ In the Kitchen.
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
In the 1990s, you could buy a Madeline doll that came complete with her infamous appendectomy scar.
A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
Originally, Paddington was going to be from “Darkest Africa” (instead of Peru) until Bond’s agent informed him that no bears exist in Africa.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Peter Rabbit is the oldest licensed character in the world, patented by Potter in 1903.
Winnie The Pooh by A.A. Milne
Milne’s son Christoper Robin, resented his father and Winnie the Pooh claiming that his name was stolen and he was left with nothing but empty fame.
The Caboose Who Got Loose by Bill Peet
Before writing some of the most memorable children’s books of all time, Peet worked on several Disney productions, including Snow White & The Seven Dwarves.
Harold And The Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Crockett Johnson and his wife, Ruth Krauss, expressed leftist views during the paranoia of the Cold War. Risky collaborations and subtle liberal themes in their work left the two under FBI surveillance for many years.
Corduroy by Don Freeman
The beloved children’s book was rejected by and received negative feedback from multiple publishers before finally being published.
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Sources: Mental Floss, BBC