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Read Across the Office

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child.” – Dr. Seuss

It’s no secret that we love a good book. Our monthly book club posts prove that. So since today marks NEA’s annual reading program, Read Across America, as well as Dr. Seuss’s birthday we wanted to join in on the fun! This week we surveyed the team to find out what everyone’s favorite book was as a child. From a treasure island to enchanted forests, each and every one of these inspired our imagination to travel just about anywhere from the comfort of home.

favorite bookMy favorite book was I am a Bunny by Ole Risom and Richard Scarry (Golden Books, 1963). I made my parents read it to me so many times that I memorized the words and would then “read” it to them. – Matthew O’Connor, Technical Support Engineer

My all-time favorite reads as a kid was Richard Scarry’s Best Storybook Ever. It was nearly 300 pages, and filled with short stories, rhymes, poems, fables, and classic tales “acted out” by animals. I loved lying in bed, examining the illustrations and smiling at the mischief the characters would get in to as they navigated the airport or went fishing or made their way around town. The story “I Am A Bunny” is so Zen-like in its nature it will most likely turn your child into a Buddhist! I loved this book so much that I kept it into my adult years, and now my own kids appreciate it. – Duane Romanell, Creative Services Director

I liked the Hardy Boys Mystery Books as a kid. These books began for me a lifelong love of the mystery book genre.  – Sandi White, VP & General Manager: Institutional Solutions

Treasure Island. I remember how –at the time- I was mesmerized by the vivid description of the characters and was actually able to picture someone with a wooden leg being completely functional –and mean- and to top it all off, have a talking parrot on his shoulders. – Cesar Flores, Accounting

It was hard to narrow down the list to just one favorite! One book I remember in particular was a gift from my father when I was about 8 years old: The Indian in the Cupboard. I was lucky that my parents instilled a love of reading in me early on, but I remember this book because my dad brought it home one random Saturday after we’d just moved into a new house. I didn’t yet have any friends in the neighborhood and I was not enjoying the process of unpacking. After he gave me the book I remember spending the rest of the weekend reading in my new bedroom. It was such a great adventure story for a little girl who had moved to a new country—again—and needed an escape from reality, if only for a couple of days.  – Pamela Brehm, Senior Outreach Manager

My favorite book as a child was the Enchanted Woods series (the others were called The Magic Faraway Tree and The Folk of the Faraway Tree).  I loved these books because my mum used to red them to me and I used to imagine myself in the book…. I loved bed time because of it! – Cardine Caffery, Graphic Designer

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was my favorite book! – Kelly Adams, Mentor Manager

My favorite book was Tuttle’s Shell by Sal Murdocca. It’s about a turtle, named Tuttle, who loses his shell when he takes it off to have a swim. He later finds Louis the Rat wearing it around town and Tuttle has to prove that the shell is really his. I loved this book because Tuttle had to use his wits to get out of a tricky spot! I also remember the illustrations were fantastic and really enhanced the sense of character. I just saw that they have the edition I grew up with available on Amazon. I just might buy it for my nephew! – Evelyn Sullivan, Onboarding Manager

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.  I remember being captivated by the pictures and story and made my parents read it to me over and over. – Brad Williams, Director of Higher Education Sales

Where the Wild Things Are, because we are all wild things at heart. – Lily Scholz, Marketing Manager

What was your favorite book as a kid? Let us know in the comments below!


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