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Everyone's Favorite Puppy Introduces Young Readers to World Around Them

By: Sydney Spangler

When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time in libraries. My dad would load up his red 1999 Ford Explorer and take me to the Janet F. Harte Public Library in Flour Bluff. There, I would peruse stacks of books, flip through pages, and explore colorful children's book titles. One of my favorite stories to read as a little kid followed the adventures of a puppy named Spot.

Spot the puppy has been delighting generations of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers across the globe since his creation in 1980 by Eric Hill. There's decades worth of canine tales that cover topics such as family, holidays, favorite sports, and more! Reading about Spot's adventures helped me learn and discover the world around me.

Also, Hill is coined as the brainchild behind the lift-the-flap children's book feature. He began experimenting with the idea when he noticed his son was amused by a cartoon illustration hidden under a flap of paper. Some of his interactive tales include:

  • "Where's Spot"

  • "Spot's First Walk"

  • "Spot's Peekaboo"

What are your family's favorite childhood books? Let us know in the comments below.

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