TC’s Gift Giving Guide: Children’s Book Edition

Children’s books can leave a lasting impression for years to come. Maybe it isn’t necessarily the content of the book itself that leaves the impression, but rather the memories of who you shared the story with. Here at Trusting Connections, one of our visions is for families to become a family again, so we thought we’d ask our staff what their favorite children’s books were and why. We wanted to share our childhood memories with you in the hopes that some of these books might create memories within your own families this holiday season.

Rosalind Prather | Co-Founder

The Book: The Berenstain Bears and The Spooky Old Tree by Stan & Jan Berenstain

Why: My favorite children’s book is The Spooky Old Tree. I have so many memories reading this over and over again with my dad and even more vivid memories reading it over and over again to my girls. We all have it memorized. 

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Caroline Wesnitzer | Co-Founder

The Book: Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Why: My favorite children’s book is Madeline. I loved how Madeline was just a petite little one but had such a fiery independent spirit. I loved the character so much I named my daughter after her.  

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Katie Meyer | Operations Manager

The Book: 5-Minute Bunny Tales for Bedtime by Sally Sheringham and Joan Stimson

Why: This was actually really hard for me to think of…I really loved reading as a child but didn’t really re-read a book to the point of having it memorized like other kiddos.  I would say that the two books that stand out the most for me are “5 minute Bunny Tales for Bedtime” which I loved because the stories were all short (hence the 5-minute) and I remember feeling really clever convincing my Dad to read me multiple stories because it meant I was “staying up later.” 

Honorable Mention: The other would be The True Story of the 3-Little Pigs and I think that I just liked the fact that maybe there was another side to the story that we didn’t know and maybe the wolf just got a bad rap?

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Ana Rizzo | Corporate Care Director

The Book: Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

Why: I have several, but for the sake of this question, I’ll go with Dr. Seuss’ Oh the Places You’ll Go!. I love how inspiring it is and the rhyming of course makes it super fun to read. I also love the wanderlust it instills in children as well as the idea that the world is their oyster.

Honorable Mention: The Giving Tree and Madeline 

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Desiree Stites | Marketing + Sales Assistant

The Book: The Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Why: I remember vividly climbing into my parent’s bed every night before bed to read a few chapters of these books with my Mom. Having 3 kids, I could imagine finding time to spend quality time with each of us kids likely was a challenge for her but with those moments of just her and I reading together, I would have never known. Plus, hearing about the simple, yet complicated lives the Ingalls Wilder family lived is still so fascinating to me.

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Natalie Braun | Billing

The Book: Matilda by Roald Dahl

Why: I liked it because Matilda had a rough upbringing, but she used her skills and her smarts to turn things around instead of allowing it all to just happen to her. 

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Brooke Gurley | Scheduling Assistant

The Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Why: I loved Eric Carle books so much! This one I just loved because of the colors and then of course all the food the caterpillar ate. But I loved seeing the transformation from a caterpillar to the beautiful  butterfly! Just how life goes!

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