Today is International Children’s Book Day, organized by the International Board on Books For Young People (IBBY). April 2nd is also Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, author of many famous fairy tales like “The Little Mermaid” and “The Snow Queen” (Not quite as colorful as Disney recreated them).
This year's theme is One Story, Many cultures. To celebrate it, I asked the Amor team to share their favorite Children’s books that have shaped them into the people they are today. We would also love to hear from yours in the comment section below.
Title: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Author: Betty Smith
“This book was a childhood read for me and was an early indicator of my interest in poverty issues as it follows the Nolan family during the first two decades of the 20th century.” ~Gayla Congdon, Founder, and CSO
Title: Tatterhood and Other Tales
Collection of short stories edited by Ethel Johnson Phelps and Illustrated by Pamela Baldwin Ford
“This book tells so-called fairy tales through the voice of empowered females from across the globe. Instead of waiting for princes to fix their problems, they strike out on adventures! I read it over and over as a young girl growing up and was always so inspired and excited that these powerful women could shape their own stories and have an abundant life. Even now, I love reading the stories.” ~ Madeline Friend, Field Specialist
Title: The Velveteen Rabbit
Author: written by Margery Williams and illustrated by William Nicholson
“I always liked the story of the Velveteen Rabbit. I love that "Love" makes the rabbit real. At first, Velveteen is forgotten and overlooked for shiner and fancier toys. Then he becomes the boys prized toy...taken everywhere. He begins to become tattered and worn. Until one day, the boy becomes very sick, and all his things must be burnt in order to keep the illness from spreading. After the bunny is discarded, a fairy comes and sees that he is loved and turns him into a real rabbit.”
LaDonna Barron, Amor Mission Experience Manager
Title: To Kill a Mockingbird
Author: Harper Lee
I first read it in junior high and revisited again as an adult when I was pregnant with Sawyer. In one piece of the book, Atticus Finch fights for the rights of a wrongfully accused black man in the south in the 1930s. It ultimately puts himself and his young children at risk. As a father, he lets his daughter be who she is, not always conforming to the patterns of what a young girl was supposed to be. Throughout the book, he teaches his children to look beyond appearances and find the heart of each person they come into contact with. ~ Erin Lyde, Integration Specialist
Title: The Little Prince
Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Little Prince has travel with me through the years. Every time I read it, I'm transported once again to the magical world created by this amazing artist. In this story, a pilot meets one of the most unlikely of creatures after his plane crashes in the desert. And so it begins a wonderful journey through weird planets, fostering relationships and the pursuit of love and purpose.
My favorite quote “And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” - “The Fox”. ~Fabiola Johnson, Social Media Specialist
Title: On the Night your Were Born
Author: Nancy Tillman
I love reading this book to Annie because I feel like it speaks value and worth into her and reminds her that she is uniquely made. This is my favorite part:
So whenever you doubt just how special you are
And you wonder who loves you, how much and how far,
Listen for geese honking high in the sky.
(They’re singing a song to remember you by.)
Or notice the bears asleep at the zoo.
(It’s because they’ve been dancing all night for you!)
Or drift off to sleep to the sound of the wind.
(Listen closely…it’s whispering your name again!)
If the moon stays up until morning one day,
Or a ladybug lands and decides to stay,
Or a little bird sits at your window awhile,
It’s because they’re all hoping to see you smile… ~ Erin Illingworth, Communication Specialist
Author: Shel Silverstein
"This is a very simple children's book but when I read it for the first time I was intrigued by the tree's selfless love for the boy. He gave of himself without reserve for the boy - a great example of how to love. I want to read it to my kids one day :)"~ April Congdon, Leadership Training
Title: Love you Forever
Author: Robert Munsch
One my favorite books is "Love you forever" by Robert Munsch. My mom gave me another copy of this book for my 25th birthday (I am now 31). This book reminds me that even though I am getting older, I will always be my parent's baby--even if I am across the country (they live in Alabama). Whenever I see this book on my bookcase, I smile and think of my mom .The love that a parent has for a child is beautiful, and I hope to be able to read this to our own children one day. ~Melissa Segrest
Author: Gary Paulson
From the back of the book “Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is on his way to visit his father when the single-engine plane in which he is flying crashes. Suddenly, Brian finds himself alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but a tattered Windbreaker and the hatchet his mother gave him as a present—and the dreadful secret that has been tearing him apart since his parent’s divorce. But now Brian has no time for anger, self-pity, or despair—it will take all his know-how and determination, and more courage than he knew he possessed, to survive.” ~ Jon Wilson, Global Field Manager