rowing up, I fell asleep every night to the sounds of my mom reading Goodnight Moon out loud. The Giving Tree still makes me cry. Where the Wild Things Are makes me hoot and howl and wish for a time where I could be an unabashed monster.
We remember the classics. But there are some books from childhood that we might have forgotten, books that made our eyes get just as wide and activated our imaginations just as much as the ones we all remember. Those forgotten gems are the ones in this list.
Get ready to, "OH YEAH!" your way down memory lane.
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Sideways Stories From Wayside School by Louis Sachar
Sideways Stories From Wayside School was one of the most inventive and hilarious books we read as kids. From Mrs. Gorf, the teacher who turns her naughty students into apples, until she accidentally turns herself into one and gets eaten to Mrs. Jewls, who is convinced her human students are actually monkeys, this book is the definition of zany. And we loved it.
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
As a kid growing up in New York, I tried to run away and live in the woods instantly after finishing this book about a boy who lives in New York and hates his apartment so he tries to run away and live in the woods.
However, our house was already in the woods, so I just camped out on a big rock in my yard for about twenty minutes until I realized I liked couches and blankets and snacks.
George and Martha by James Marshall
George and Martha are two fabulous platonic best friend hippos who are living their best lives. They take dance classes, go to the beach, and spend the day at the amusement park.
They get mad at each other once in a while, but they always make up, because they are true friends who are secretly in love. (I made up that last part because I love draaaama!)
Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel
When I saw the title of this book again after decades of not thinking about it, I immediately mouthed, “Tikki Tikki Tembo-no Sarembo-chari Bari Ruchi-pip Peri Pembo.” It escaped the recesses of my brain fully formed! I barely knew what I was saying, and I definitely didn’t remember that the phrase is actually the name of a boy who falls down a well in the story.
Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola
This book is about a witch with a magic pasta pot that makes so much pasta it nearly destroys the town.
So basically, this book is my dream. If I had magical powers, there is no question I’d use them to make insane amounts of pasta.