Happy International Children's Book Day!

Current Events & News, Who We Are | 04/01/2016

Lauren Sandherr Digital Strategist

Lauren executes digital marketing strategies in an effort to bring awareness to current education issues.

It's International Children's Book Day! As in year's past, we at Stand wanted to share some childhood favorites with you. This time around, we're listing which children's books inspired us to think about something differently or to take action. These are our inspirational choices:

"The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch. My parents read this to me all the time when I was a kid, and the overall themes – who you are on the inside is more important than the outside, that women can be just as strong as/stronger than men, and that the princess doesn’t need a prince – really stuck with me." - Sara Parr Gill, Massachusetts Development Manager

"My favorite children’s book is Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. As a hyperactive kid, I identified with the main character (Max) because I often got in trouble for not being able to sit still or pay attention. The story taught me how to disappear into my own world and to this day, I am reminded how important it is to encourage imagination and creativity, things I am now trying to teach to my two rambunctious children." - Dan Soltesz, National Finance Manager

"Hands down, my favorite and most impactful book from childhood is Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. I still read it to this day! It’s about two young girls in WWII Denmark – Annemarie and Ellen, her Jewish best friend. They live through the war, the bombings, the resistance, etc. – but it’s all seen through the eyes of someone around the same age as the reader. It set the stage for my interest in WWII history and about the European stage specifically. Annemarie, the protagonist, becomes involved in the effort to protect Danish Jews and rescue them from being taken to concentration camps, and it really brings it home for children just how important it is to know our world and its history." - Amy Waggoner, Applications Support Associte

"The very first chapter book I ever read on my own was Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. My mother bought it for me when I was six with the intention of reading it to me at night. However, I picked it up and read it on my own because it was so fascinating. It featured a little girl like me who had a much, much different life, and I was able to experience her struggles and joys. That book showed me just how wonderful and fun reading a book without pictures could be. The love of reading is something I still have today and share with my friends at book club!" - Kate Shepherd, Indiana Marketing & Communications Director

"The way A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L'Engletreated physics and math as these limitless, mysterious, perhaps spiritual things taught me a kind of romanticism for the sciences. I learned that thinking and learning could exist beyond the classroom as things that were worthwhile in and of themselves." - Nick Powell, Senior Tech Support

"The only book that stands out in my memory from my childhood is The Red Car by Don Stanford, published in 1954. I probably read it that year or shortly after, and it had a huge influence on this then eight-year-old. It painted a picture for me of exotic foreign cars and exotic foreign places and people. And racing. My first car, six years or so later was a wrecked MGTC, just like in the book, only mine was black, not red. The book started what for me has been a lifetime of passion for sports cars and sports car racing that continues to this day. My next vacation is to attend a sports car race in California with friends who’ve been going to races with me for most of my life. The sports car I’ll be driving down and back is – you guessed it! – RED.  Somewhere I still have a copy of this book. I need to dig it out and read it again one of these days…" - Dean Roberts, Finance Manager

"I always loved The Story of Ferdinand, by Munro Leaf. It’s the story of Ferdinand the Bull, a peaceful little bull expected to grow into a bull-fighter, yet he prefers not to fight but to sit in the pasture and smell the flowers. It’s a great story of individuality and resisting the group think of 'everyone else is doing it,' which helped me navigate being true to yourself as a child." - Mary McClelland, National Marketing & Communications Director

"Mr. Pine’s Mixed Up Signs by Leonard Kessler was the first book I picked out and bought myself at the school book fair. Coming from a large family, our house was full of well-read books shared by all. It was so special to me to have a brand new book of my own, and I’ve continued to surround myself with books and the joy of getting lost in them. While the sensation has been muted by time, I still feel that same thrill when I pick up a new book to read. By the way, my teacher had to take Mr. Pine’s Mixed Up Signs away from me that afternoon as I was reading it instead of paying attention to the math lesson!" - Marcella McGee, Vice President of Finance

"It has been said that the best children’s books aren’t written for children, they are enjoyed by children. So in that spirit, my favorite children’s book is The Missing Piece Meets the Big O by Shel Silverstein. I discovered it on a table in a coffee shop, and after I read it, I was like, “Yeah, that’s what love is supposed to be about.” Maybe it was the time in my life, or the rainy day outside, but the message that you need to be complete and ok with yourself before you can be a good match for someone else really spoke to me. And with its simple, yet perfect illustrations, it’s written in a way that kids get it and enjoy it, too." - Pat McReynolds, Arizona Marketing & Communications Director

"When I was very young, my mom's favorite book to read with me was Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey. I think it was this book, where a bunch of police officers and Bostonians come together to help a family of ducks make their way across the busy city, that first taught me that all animals deserve to be treated with kindness. I grew up with the mindset that we share the planet with animals and wildlife, and so we must do our part to keep them thriving." - Lauren Sandherr, National Marketing & Communications Coordinator

"I loved reading so there are so many books out there, but one that really stands out is The Bad Times of Irma Baumlein by Carol Ryrie Brink. I remember reading this at a very early age, and it captured the feeling of lying and getting in over your head so perfectly that I remember it causing me to come clean to my parents on a few lies I had been keeping of my own." - Karen Hanssen, Vice President of Family Engagement & Organizing


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