As an organization that works with children, there’s nothing we love more than talking about our favorite children’s books. We thought National Read A Book Day was a perfect opportunity to share the ones that have stayed with us from childhood (or the ones that we really like reading to the children in our lives!)

We’ve collected this list from our staff around Virginia. Please enjoy:

the-runaway-bunnyThe Runaway Bunny, by Margaret Wise Brown

“I love the Runaway Bunny. It helps me realize that I have a support system that is unconditional. It gives me hope and a sense of family and friends and that we all need each other.” – Freida King, Accounting Manager

The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, by Dr. Seuss
oliviaOlivia, by Ian Falconer

“As a child, I loved all Dr. Suess books. The words in his books were so creative and fun allowing my imagination to run wild! If I had to choose one it would be The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins. Although I still love Dr. Suess as an adult, my new favorite children’s book is Olivia. It was the very first book I read to my niece.” – Lisa Gay-Milliken, Assistant Director of Education Services

oranges-and-ufosOranges and UFOs, by Muriel Leeson

“My favorite book EVER (when I was growing up…) was called Oranges and UFOs. It was such a great story, filled with adventure and memorable characters! It really sparked my imagination!” – Lisa Morgan, VP for Strategic Program Development

The Hardy Boys series, by Franklin W. Dixon
The Superfudge series, by Judy Blume

“It is hard to pull a favorite but I would have to say The Hardy Boys books and the Superfudge series. I love the Hardy Boys series because it really allows you to pretend you’re part of the adventure and mystery. The Superfudge series was filled with such funny situations it allowed you to enjoy reading.” – Matthew Hescock, Regional Manager

please-puppy-pleasePlease, Puppy, Please, by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee

“I read everything as a child so it’s hard to pick one favorite book from my childhood. However, my favorite book to read to my 4 year nephew is Please, Puppy, Please. I love the illustration in this book. It’s the main reason I bought it for him. Turns out I get to be really silly repeating Please, Puppy, Please! at the top of my lungs. It cracks him up! Nothing like a kid’s laugh!” – Doris Cook, VP of Human Resources

doveDove, by Robin L. Graham and Derek L.T. Gill

“True story of a 16 year-old boy who completed a solo circumnavigation of the globe in a 24′ sloop. He’s not only astounding, but also his parents – who encouraged him!” – Ardis Acuff, Executive Resource/Development Assistant


eloiseEloise, by Kay Thompson

“Eloise is a little girl who lives on the tip-top floor of the Plaza Hotel in NYC with her pug dog Weenie. She is full of life – a little stubborn, very eccentric, and full of imagination. I believe there are many interpretations of Eloise’s story, some appealing and some appalling, I’m sure! Nevertheless, I adored her. When we lived in NYC for a few years as a child, my Mom would take me into the Plaza Hotel from time to time and I’d look for her :)” – Jordan Diggins, Youth & Family Treatment Specialist

island-of-the-blue-dolphinsIsland of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell

“My hands-down favorite is Island of the Blue Dolphins. This book blew my ten-year-old socks off. Karana was so brave and resourceful. No matter what setbacks she experienced – and there were many – she just carried on. This book was a turning point for me in understanding the power of stories to change the way we think about the world.” – Carole Todd, VP of Communications

curious-georgeCurious George series, by Margret and H.A. Rey

“As a child I pretty much loved any book in the Curious George series. I enjoyed traveling with my family and thankfully was exposed to lots of adventures and experiences as a child. I remembered loving George’s fun and curious nature, though it usually got him into some kind of trouble. He had such an awesome sense of adventure!” – Monica Cannon, Foster Parent Engagement Specialist

banner-in-the-skyBanner in the Sky, by James Ullman

“Pick my favorite? There is no way on earth. So I’ll sort of randomly select one of the more obscure books of my many favorites. It fed my fascination with mountains, remote Swiss villages and determined kids who achieve what adults consider impossible – except, of course, for that one outsider adult who helps prepare our hero for his quest.” – Dan Montgomery, Communications & Marketing Assistant

the-giverThe Giver, by Lois Lowry

“Lowry captured my imagination with a world that was not unlike our own, yet held dark secrets. Reading The Giver probably marks the first time I began thinking about social issues. I also loved the idea that a child could be the key to fixing them!” – Meghan Prichard, Web/New Media Specialist



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