Bookmark: The classic stories we’ll never say good night to
They’re the stories that stay with you forever, the ones you’ve read to your children. They have the words we can’t convey, the lessons taught better by a family of bears, and the adventures that can only exist in our imaginations. They are the foundations of our bookshelves, and the tales we’ll never forget.
Stuart Little & Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
That philosophical little spider in Charlotte’s Web has woven her way into the lives of children and adults with her wise words. From the cheerful “Salutations!” to musings on life and death, E.B. White wrote stories for children, but words that anyone can enjoy.
The Scoop Author E.B.White lived on a farm and kept animals. Some of them have made appearances in Stuart Little and Charlotte’s Web.
Berenstain Bears: Messy Room, New Baby & The Big Honey Hunt – Stanley & Janice Berenstain
Since 1962, children have been learning important life lessons in the familiar setting of “the big tree house down a sunny dirt road deep in Bear Country.” The couple’s first book, The Big Honey Hunt, began the moral journey of the bears as they encounter different lessons along the way.
Milestone This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Berenstain Bears.
The Lorax, The Cat in the Hat & Green Eggs and Ham – Dr. Seuss
Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. “Dr. Seuss,” posed a great question when he asked “Do you like green eggs and ham?” Children have been saying ‘yes’ to this famous book, and to the rest of this author’s quirky, tongue-tying adventures.
Fun Fact Green Eggs and Ham has exactly 50 words.
Goodnight Moon – Margaret Wise Brown
Although she never had children of her own, Margaret Wise Brown wrote hundreds of beautifully crafted stories and poems for young people before her early death at the age of 42 in 1952. Her quintessential bedtime story captures the essence of childhood in its simple lines, “Goodnight room, goodnight moon.”
Entertainment Tidbit A practical joker, Margaret Wise Brown would tie cherries or lemons to a potted tree to make it seem that she had a green thumb.