You’re never too old for a good story.
Reading buddies for life.
When we were writing our first-ever children’s book, Builder Brothers: Big Plans, we thought about the stories we read (and re-read) when we were growing up as well as the ones we were inspired by later in life. And now that Big Plans is finally here, we’re sharing our favorite books for kids of all ages.
THE TALE OF PETER RABBIT
Long before I fell in love with my pups Gracie and Stewie, I adored a fictional rabbit named Peter. He was a rascally little guy who, the way I saw it, got in trouble for simply liking food a little too much. He was misunderstood. —Jonathan
THE INVISIBLE STRING
This book demonstrates how important it is to stay connected to the people you love—the “invisible string” is tied to the hearts of people who care about each other, and it never breaks. It really hits home for us because in the story, a mother is explaining this idea to her young twins. —Drew
GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT, CONSTRUCTION SITE
This book wasn’t around when we were kids, but if it had been, we would have read it every single night before bed. There’s now an entire Construction Site series for little ones who love machinery. —Jonathan
OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO!
This list wouldn’t be complete without the book at the heart of my relationship with Linda. My wedding proposal involved a four-tier cake that was modeled after the rainbow-colored mountain on the book cover. At the tippy-top, the little Dr. Seuss character was holding the ring! —Drew
THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is an all-time classic because it packs so much learning into a simple story. By the time you reach the last page, you’ve devoured lessons on numbers, colors, the days of the week, basic nutrition—and, of course, the entire process of metamorphosis. —Jonathan
CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE
No book series better represents our lives than Choose Your Own Adventure. We’ve craved adventure since we were kids and have always been up for an unpredictable challenge—although these days you’ll find us gutting kitchens rather than fighting off imaginary creatures. —Drew and Jonathan