What Your Favorite Childhood Book Says About You

Photo from The New York Times

Getting read to as a kid is a formulative routine in child development. It was a time to be quiet, to be held and to be subliminally taught. These books are sweet in their nostalgia and can have a great impact on you for the rest of your life. Not only were the pictures pastel and inviting and the rhymes witty and silly, the message behind the books, along with the quality time they provided, are fundamental in who you are today.

There are many classic children’s books that are culturally engrained in our generation’s brains. Let’s take a look at some of the staples and see where you are now depending on which one you were always begging for at the end of the day.  

“Goodnight Moon”
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If you were read this colorful, picturesque book when you were a kid, chances are you are a well-organized young adult now. The plot of this book is quite simple, the young bunny goes around his room saying goodnight to his objects and friends before going to bed. The book alludes to having a routine, something you probably prioritize in your daily life now. You like a clean space and are always on time.

“Oh, the Places You’’ll Go”
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Dr. Seuss is at the heart of practically all children’s books with his whimsical writing. While he wrote many great books, if “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” is your beloved, you are adventurous. You are excited by life and the journeys it gives you. You know there are sometimes challenges ahead, but that never stops you from embarking on a trip or taking a leap of faith. You are outgoing, courageous and grateful for the life you live.

“The Giving Tree”
Photo from en.wikipedia.org

Your love language is undoubtedly gift-giving. You know that the experience of giving someone something can be greater than getting something in return. You work hard to keep healthy relationships and are willing to do a lot for those you love. This may lead to some people taking advantage of you, but it doesn’t stop the joy you feel when the right people are being made happy by you.

“The Velveteen Rabbit”
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If you loved this book when you were a kid, you may have found yourself struggling with a sense of identity just like the rabbit in the book. The stuffed rabbit struggles with wanting to be real in the story, and you may have found yourself resonating with that feeling throughout your teen years. However, eventually you were able to come into the best version of yourself and you are now confident and self-aware.

“Where the Wild Things Are”
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You are creative and nonjudgmental. You are always open to meeting new people and probably love the arts, like music, drawing or writing. It took you a while to get to this place, but now you are outgoing to all and love a good party.

These books were read to us at times of peace of comfortability, and it is important to know that those moments still live within inside us. Reading is an intimate, special act when shared between people who love each other and those experiences have the capability to lead us throughout the rest of our lives. What was your favorite book as a child?

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