Our Favorite Children’s Books
In honor of Read Across America Week, and because we love books and reading and encouraging our patients and families to do the same, we made a little “Kids Plus Reading List” of some of our all-time favorite children’s books.
Some of us chose one, and some of us, because we had so many great ones to choose from, couldn’t help listing a few more. It’s a pretty cool collection of some pretty amazing books, with intended readers from babies to teens and everywhere in between. They’re also perfect for adults who, like so many of us, are still kids at heart. We love all of these titles, and we think you will too…
Dr. Albert Wolf
My three favorite books as a little kid were The Monster At The End Of This Book (a classic Sesame Street book), Green Eggs And Ham (Dr. Seuss, obviously), and Penny the Medicine Maker, the Story of Penicillin. Yes, I know, what kind of weird kid has that as a favorite book? But for some reason, I just loved it long before I thought I wanted to be a doctor. I can still remember the feel of the cover in my hands, even the wrinkles on the pages from reading it so often. That book is one of my strongest childhood memories.
PA Alyssa Papa
Love You Forever, Robert Munsch.
Ellen Rubin, Lactation Consultant, Breastfeeding Center of Pittsburgh
I loved interactive reading with my children and the beautiful illustrations while reading We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. I’m very fond of the nursing panda bear in Busy Pandas. And there are about a million more.
Chad Hermann, Communications Director
Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White. A beautiful story told in simple, beautiful prose. It’s been a favorite all my life, but my most vivid memory of it is trying — and spectacularly failing — to get through Charlotte’s death without crying while reading it to my boys.
Dr. Sarah Springer
Very hard to pick just one, indeed. I’ll go with the whole series of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books. They have some very dated language and views of Native Americans, but are otherwise really great stories about frontier life. (The datedness offers great opportunities to talk about how people view each other, and how we can learn to accept differences). They’ve been favorites in my family for 3 generations now, with my Grandparents reading them to my Dad & his siblings, Dad reading them to my sisters & me, and I read them to my kids. My Grandmother once wrote to Laura, and received a hand-written letter in return. That’s now a cherished possession of my cousin Laura, named for — you guessed it — Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Carrie Murphy, Director of Operations
I’m going to have to go with the Little House on the Prairie book series. My second grade teacher used to read them to us, and I just loved them. To this day, I still stop and watch the television show anytime I see it on TV.
Karen Gedman, Billing Specialist
The Rainbow Fish, by Marcus Pfister, is a great book about sharing and friendship. : )
Christie Manspeaker, Administrative Supervisor, Squirrel Hill/Greenfield
All the Berenstain Bears books.
Superfudge by July Blume
Dr. Alicia Hartung
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
Amy Obusek, Administrative Supervisor, Pleasant Hills
The Clifford books!!! (Hence my love for dogs.) : )
Destiny Patterson, Credentialing/Administrative Specialist
I LOVED The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Rainbow Fish and anything Dr. Seuss when I was little! I also liked to read my mother’s large collection of Nancy Drews, and I had almost every single Baby-sitters Club book. As a young teen, a favorite was The Lovely Bones.
Nancy Wolfe, Financial Coordinator
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch.
AJ Madar, Social Media/Special Projects Coordinator
The Llama Llama books by Anna Dewdney. That little llama is so darned cute, and the series showcases him in situations kids can relate to (morning and bedtime routines, shopping with mom etc.) Plus the books are written in simple rhymes — great for pre-readers to ‘read along’ with. So hard to pick just one!
Tiffany Holsen, MA, Pleasant Hills
Kristen Ricketts, Billing Specialist
The Midnight Club by Christopher Pike.
Rachael Rothbauer, Front Office Associate, Pleasant Hills
The Precious Moments books.
Brandy Hall, Front Office Associate, Pleasant Hills
Corduroy by Don Freeman.
Marlo Kozar, Clinical Care Coordinator
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown.
Beth Ricciuti, Lactation Consultant, Breastfeeding Center of Pittsburgh
So hard to pick just one. I would have to say my fondest memories of a book — and one I passed on to my kids — was Goodnight Moon. We read that book so many times, we had the words memorized. My Mom would change the words to keep us paying attention. Instead of “Goodnight socks, goodnight clocks,” she would add, “Goodnight frog, goodnight dog.” Sounds silly now… but it always made us laugh and correct her. Fond memories!!
Dr. Todd Wolynn
Pam Miller, MA, Pleasant Hills
I would have to say my favorite is a book that i read to my kids is called Guess How Much I Love You. It has a mommy and baby animals, and the mom gives the baby the reasons for her love as the theme through the book! Definitely my favorite!
Wendy Eson, Lactation Consultant & Supervisor, Breastfeeding Center of Pittsburgh
I have two. Favorite book as a little girl would be Fourteen Bears in Summer and Winter by Evelyn Scott, It’s a story about a mother and father bear with 12 children (11 girl bears and 1 boy bear, Theodore). The story depicts how the bears live and play in summer and winter. Wonderful illustrations by Virginia Parsons. Each bear, except little Theodore who lives with mom and dad, has its own treehouse in the clearing of a forest. I so wanted to live in one of those houses. Second book, as a teenager, would be The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. Enough said.