Today is World Book Day, when readers around the globe come together to celebrate the books that helped shape their lives. To get in on the fun, I asked my coworkers here at Learning Resources the following difficult question: What was your favorite book growing up?

 

 

Go Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman

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I loved this book growing up, mostly because of Eastman’s evocative illustrations (the picture of the dogs having a nighttime party in a rowboat still gives me chills). It helped me learn to read, understand colors, motion, and distances, and remember to always as a god whether or not it likes my hat. – Tyler Clark

 

 

Pigs in Hiding by Arlene Dubanevich

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The attention to detail and clever easter eggs hidden throughout the book were mesmerizing as a little kid. Every time I opened the book there was always something new to look at. The pictures spoke for themselves and sparked my imagination to create my own little side stories in my head. – Sarah Elliott

 

 

Big Max by Kin Platt

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Max’s exciting adventures kept me on the edge of my seat…even when I knew the entire book my memory. It’s also a mommy-and-me memory – pretty special in a family of all boys. – Selene Garcia

 

The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Pinkwater

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I loved how Mr. Plumbean turns the unfortunate scenario of a seagull dropping a can of orange paint on his house into an opportunity to express his individuality by painting his house every color of the rainbow.  He becomes the most popular guy in the neighborhood, and his creativity is contagious! – Lori Mannion

 

The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein

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As a child and as an adult I’ve loved this book for it’s simple message and equally simple art style. The moral that it’s about the journey and not the destination is something everyone of all ages can benefit from. It’s an important lesson that you need to find goals that you enjoy working towards more than the rewards they give. – Zach Betz

 

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

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As a child, this is a book that I read until the cover fell off – I was fascinated by the mystery of the Once-ler, and the sad story of destruction of a once beautiful place.   As an adult I’ve come back to it time and time again, as the environmental message is more important than ever.  At work, I’ve even been known to quote the Lorax when someone prints a presentation instead of projecting from their computer: “I speak for the trees!” – Marie LaPlante

 

 

The Trixie Belden series by Julie Campbell Tatham

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I spent many hours reading the books in this series, many of them over & over. I wanted to solve mysteries and go on adventures just like Trixie! She was real, spunky and clever – and a strong character that my friends & I admired. – Laura Sterba

 

 

The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

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I loved this book for a few reasons. I think what really caught my eye was the fact that I was a 7 year old and was just starting to gauge my interest in comics and doodling. This book had hilarious illustrations and sparked creativity and a wild imagination. It was like I was reading a synopsis of my life wishing the things I was doodling up on my homework would transform from my imagination into real life. It also helped shape my future path into traveling down the world of art. – Nate Richards

 

Harry Potter And the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

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Growing up, I loved everything about wizardry and sorcery and still do. That love came from reading the Harry Potter books. Sorcerer’s Stone was the book that started it all , and until this day I wish I was a wizard attending Hogwarts, casting spells with my wand, and had my very own pet owl named, Hedwig. Harry Potter taught me how important friendship is, and that even when life gets tough, there’s always light at the end of the tunnel. He also taught me that hard work and dedication goes a very long way. – Renee Alvarez

 

 

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