Who knew there was so much we didn’t know about the books we loved growing up?
For example, do you know what inspired Katherine Paterson to write “Bridge to Terabithia”? How about the 50 words — no more, no fewer — Dr. Seuss used to write “Green Eggs and Ham”? Do you know what happened to all the royalties earned by “Goodnight Moon”? What was the name of the sixth child in early drafts of Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”? Louis Sachar’s “Holes” wasn’t originally titled “Holes,” either — do you know what it was?
The answers to these tidbits and more are featured in episode 206 of Mental Floss’s List Show, titled “47 Charming Facts About Children’s Books.”
This compilation goes to show that sometimes, the Internet is a wonderful place full of wonderful things. (In this case, full of many fun literary tidbits.)