Happy Children's Book Day!

Who We Are | 04/02/2015

Lauren Sandherr
National Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Lauren manages the execution of Stand's marketing projects and hopes to bring needed attention to education issues.

Today is International Children's Book Day, in honor of Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, and we at Stand certainly believe in the importance that reading has for children. Through fostering creativity and imagination, teaching important lessons, enhancing language and critical analysis skills, and other benefits, books can truly help shape a child's life.

In honor of the day, we on the Marketing and Communications staff wanted to share our favorite children's books - ones that impacted us as children or ones that we love to read to our own kids - with you. Let us know your favorites in the comments below!

 The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
"It’s all about a bull who would rather smell flowers than fight in a bullfight. He grows up to be the most popular, handsome, strongest bull around, and he still refused to fight. I take it to tell kids to find their own path and find their passion. Don’t fight the other bulls just because everyone else is; go do your thang!" - Mary McClelland, National Marketing & Communications Director

Click, Clack, Moo by Doreen Cronin
"It’s about a bunch of cows who organize and start a grassroots movement for better working conditions with the farmer." - Brendan Burns, National Digital Director

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
"I loved this book because who wouldn’t want to live in a place where it rained food?!" - Jennifer Liewer, Arizona Marketing & Communications Director

The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey
"It taught me the value of finding a balance between being independent and doing your own thing and working together for the benefit of all. Plus I love me some desserts!" - Justin Russell, Graphic Designer

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
"As a young girl, I was really touched by how thoughtful the tree was to the little boy. I give this book to my friends and family when they have a child." - Allison Rubin, Massachusetts Marketing & Communications Director

Matilda by Roald Dahl
"As a shy, little bookworm myself (which made choosing just one book for this list very hard!), I intensely related to Matilda. And her supportive and trusting relationship with her teacher, Miss Honey, is a shining example of how an adult who cares can pull hidden talents and passions out from within the depths of a child. Plus, I feel the same way about chocolate as Bruce Bogtrotter." - Lauren Sandherr, National Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Free to Be...You and Me by Marlo Thomas & Friends
"My son loves the song/story - 'It’s alright to cry.' It’s a great message for little boys that you don’t have to be stoic and 'manly' all the time. Sometimes setting realistic, healthy expectations is key!" - Kate Shepherd, Indiana Marketing & Communications Manager

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
"Close to the end of the school day, my 1st or 3rd grade teacher (can’t recall which) would have us all gather around her rocking chair to read it to us. The way she read it, with character voices, animation, and cadence, made me hang onto every adventurous, delicious word." - Kwame Patterson, National Media Relations Director

Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery
"I read every book in the series multiple times when I was growing up. Anne was such a strong character, and I related to her as a fellow redhead, though I never broke a chalkboard over someone’s head for calling me 'Carrots.'" - Kate Dando Doran, Colorado Marketing & Communications Director

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
"J. K. Rowling created a book so completely magical that kids across the world can’t wait for their own letters from Hogwarts, while the adults are still disappointed that their letters never came." - Eric Shellan, National Digital Manager

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess
"I liked the idea of green eggs; it has always been my favorite color." - Jeanette Lewis, Washington Marketing & Communications Director

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