Dr. Seuss Books - This is one of my biggest influences ever for rhyming and making up new words. Wocket In My Pocket, The Lorax, Horton Hear's a Who (and Hatches an Egg!), Bartholomew and the Oobleck, Yertle the Turtle.
Phantom Tollbooth (Norton Juster) - Wow! The creativity in this book! Selling words and letters! After Helen Keller, this was the second book I re-read.
Shel Silverstein - More inspiration for rhyming. The popularity of Where the Sidewalk Ends gave me faith that my short silly rhyming poems have an audience.
Helen Keller - the book (not sure who the author is). This was the first book I remember re-reading and inspired me to learn the alphabet in sign language.
Lewis Carol - Alice in Wonderland. I didn't actually read it until my teens, but I had seen the Disney version as a child. Like Mary Poppins, it's hard to not be inspired creatively by this book/movie.
AA Milne - Winnie the Pooh - this is one we didn't develop great appreciation for until adulthood, but it definitely was something I enjoyed as a child and inevitably was influenced by.
Calvin & Hobbes (Bill Waterson) - We LOVE Calvin and Hobbes and how it takes us back to childhood. We love how they comment on such deep societal issues with a sense of humor.
Puff the Magic Dragon - the bitter sweet story of Jackie Paper who grows up and leaves his imaginary friend behind.
Charlotte's Web - I remember this one because I cried at the end. I also love the beauty of spiders and webs…animals talking with insects, and the imagery of the egg sac hatching hundreds of babies.
The Fox and the Hound - the story of friendship and growing up. Ie found the part where they became enemies so tragic that I didn't remember it ended happy until I saw it again many years later.
The Secret of Nimh - the visuals, magic and depth in the movie and the beautiful jewel. The wise owl and Nickodimos.
Mary Poppins - who doesn't get inspired by Mary Poppins? This actually wasn't one of the most memorable films for me as a child, but I remember in my teens when I asked my dad what his favorite movie was, he said "Mary Poppins." I was so surprised. When I saw it years later when I could better appreciate some of the messages that it became one of my all time favorites!
The Muppet Show - The fun parodies!
Monty Python - Silliness abounds! The School for Silly Walks, Spot the Looney!
Influences Later in Life:
Books that really moved me and stayed in my mind - 100 Years of Solitude, Anna Karenina, The Bone People.
The Hobbit - I finally read the whole book and the Lord of the Rings trilogy when I when I heard the movies were coming out. It is such an amazing adventure and world that Tolkien creates.
Educational Authors: Louise Hay, Steven Covey, Napoleon Hill, Eckhart Tolle, Dalai Lama, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Marianne Williamson, Gay Hendricks, Mike Dooley, Esther Hicks.
Star Wars - Yes, I first saw this movie (and Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi) as a child, and I loved it - and it influence my make believe play time with my brothers. However, I never would have said it was an all time favorite until I picked up on the imagery found in Yoda and Obi Wan Kanobi much later. Interestingly, when I was a child my favorite character was Boba Fet because of his cool outfit and all the tools he had.
What the Bleep Do We Know? - Documentary merging science and magic!
Recent Favorites: What About Bob?, Into the Wild, Moonrise Kingdom, Saving Mr. Banks, Frozen
Other favorites: The Simpsons, Monk, Psych, The Mentalist