Bedtime Reading: Our Favorite Childhood Storybooks
Once upon a time — before iPhones and laptops, before Netflix and DVR — there was the bedtime story. It was simple, and it was good. The bedtime story was more than a book, it was a ritual. Safe in our beds, we wore footed pajamas and sucked our thumbs, listening intently as someone read to us with their smooth, calm voice.
We asked the Casper team to pull up a carpet square and share memories of their childhood storybooks. From Dr. Seuss to Shel Silverstein, here are our favorites.
“Goodnight Moon. Love the drawings and how it makes objects have personality. As a kid I loved being read to and bedtime stories were a highlight. My mom normally had the honor and she has a great soft voice that made any story come alive.” — Brit Kleinman, Product & Textile Designer
“Big Joe’s Trailer Truck. My father used to read this to me all the time. I’m gonna buy it for the boy too, because he loves trucks.” — Clive Walmsley, Señor Developer
“The Rainbow Fish. My brother and I would share a pack of fruit gummies and if there was an odd amount in the package my mom or dad would eat the left over gummy to prevent a nighttime battle. My brother got to pick a book. I got to pick a book. And my parents got to pick a book. I loved the Rainbow Fish. Everyone else got sick of it. I’m pretty sure my young and distracted mind just liked how shiny it was despite the important lesson that even adults tend to forget.” — Jeannine Seidl, Customer Experience Manager
“Frog and Toad. Because people who are different can still be friends!” — Neil Parikh, co-founder and COO
“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. The story taught me as a child — and continues to remind me as an adult — that everyone has a horrendous day once in a while. It’s best to take a step back and laugh at yourself.” — Scott Edelstein, Customer Experience Sleeper
“The Sneetches, by Dr. Seuss. I loved the last story in the book about a green pair of pants that walked around on their own. I read it so many times that I had memorized it. The story was both so funny and strange, and somehow comforting.” — Carly Price, Designer and Strategist
“The Missing Piece. An adventure in feeling okay about not feeling 100% okay. I can still close my eyes and hear my mom sing, ‘hi-dee-ho, here I go, lookin’ for my missing piece.'” — Lindsay Kaplan, VP of Communications
“The Five Chinese Brothers. I really liked that story, but in hindsight, kinda racist huh.” — Gabriel Flateman, co-founder and CTO