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What was your favorite book as a kid?

  1. AC Gaughen profile image61
    AC Gaughenposted 8 years ago

    I'm a YA author, so my list gets pretty exhaustive of "favorite books" in the children's world. 

    Among them?  ALL of Tamora Pierce's work and Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine.  Give me a good girl adventure and I'm happy as a clam--and it's work that I'm still pretty impressed by, because it sets such a good example for young girls.

    What are your fav childhood books??

    1. agnesgriffins profile image60
      agnesgriffinsposted 8 years ago in reply to this


      How are you? hope your doing fine and okay.

      When I was a kid my favorite story books are Cinderella, Little Mermaid, Snow White, Sleeping beauty and other magical story.

  2. elisabeth reid profile image79
    elisabeth reidposted 8 years ago

    Misty of Chincoteague Island. 

    When I was in...second or third grade, I'd read it over and over and over.  By the third grade, my mother tried to hide it so I'd read something else -- I found it and snuck it under the covers with a flashlight.  My dad still has that book...cover's falling off it, but he still has it.

  3. thranax profile image59
    thranaxposted 8 years ago

    I don't know how old I was when I read it but I liked a book called "Dragons Blood" By Jane Yolen. It was one of the best Young Adult books I have read smile. I only have 2 classifications for novels in generalization. Children's books and Books. smile

    1. AC Gaughen profile image61
      AC Gaughenposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      ahhh jane yolen is AWESOME!!!  I love her stories, she has such a cool imagination!!

      1. thranax profile image59
        thranaxposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        That she does, truly brilliant, and local to Massachusetts!

  4. kerryg profile image88
    kerrygposted 8 years ago

    The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, by Patricia Wrede
    King of the Wind, by Marguerite Henry
    Chronicles of Prydain, by Lloyd Alexander
    Calvin and Hobbes, by Bill Watterson
    Macdonald Hall series and I Want to Go Home!, by Gordon Korman
    Rascal, by Sterling North
    Redwall series, by Brian Jacques
    Beauty, by Robin Mckinley
    The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, bu Barbara Robinson

    I'm sure I'm missing tons. smile

  5. raguett profile image56
    raguettposted 8 years ago
  6. Uninvited Writer profile image81
    Uninvited Writerposted 8 years ago

    I loved, loved, loved Heidi smile

  7. AC Gaughen profile image61
    AC Gaughenposted 8 years ago

    Kerryg, I actually just discovered Patricia Wrede on a recommendation about three years ago, and I loved her wry and sassy fairy tale re-writes!  So, so impressive. 

    Did anyone read Tamora Pierce, or Diana Wynne Jones, or Natalie Babbitt (which I can't say I loved, the ending infuriated me but prompted me to become a writer!) or Ann Rinaldi?  I used to love Ann Rinaldi--she made history really appealing for me, though she started a bad habit of zooming through books to find the climatic kiss!

  8. Earl S. Wynn profile image84
    Earl S. Wynnposted 8 years ago

    Oh man, there's alot for me.

    Early on, it was a series called "Catwings" and then a book called Superchief, though just about any kids book about a dog or a cat was on my favorites list as a kid. In fourth grade, though, I discovered the full length adult-level novel and my favorite immediately became Jurassic Park and it's sequel Lost World (Book is way better than the movie)

  9. jonaitis profile image83
    jonaitisposted 8 years ago

    I LOVED Katherine Paterson. Bridge to Terabithia, Great Gilly Hopkins, and Jacob Have I Loved--I read those 3 constantly. She wrote a great historical novel called Lyddie as well, about the children working in the mills at the turn of the century.

    I also constantly read Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing and Superfudge, and the Phantom Tollbooth.

    I used to help run a children's bookstore, and discovered (as an adult) Eva Ibbotson and Philip Pullman's Dark Materials series, which captivated even my grown-up mind!

  10. quensday profile image79
    quensdayposted 8 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading the Cam Jansen series, by David Adler, and Louis Sachar items such as Sideways Stories from Wayside High, and Holes smile

  11. SweetiePie profile image83
    SweetiePieposted 8 years ago

    The Anne of Green Gables and The Little House series were by far my favorite books as child.  I also loved the Bounty Trilogy books.

  12. denisewrtr37 profile image76
    denisewrtr37posted 8 years ago

    My favorite book as a kid were the Pippi Longstocking books!


  13. spryte profile image89
    spryteposted 8 years ago

    A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle is probably my all time favorite.  I was also a fan of A. M. Lightner's books...especially "Star Dog" and "The Thursday Toads."

  14. Stephanie C Price profile image60
    Stephanie C Priceposted 8 years ago

    Wrinkle in Time Series, Chronicles of Narnia, Nancy Drew Mysteries, Pern Novels, and loads more that I can't think of!

  15. Mark Knowles profile image60
    Mark Knowlesposted 8 years ago

    Paddington Bear.....

    1. MrMarmalade profile image85
      MrMarmaladeposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      The first book I ever bought with money I saved at three pence a cut lawn.(It took a long time,)
      Was "The Magnificent Obsession" by Lloyd C Douglas. 62 years latter I still believe it is one of the best i have ever read. Read a lot of books since then.

  16. Dottie1 profile image82
    Dottie1posted 8 years ago

    I learned to read from the Dick and Jane series.  Later I read the Nancy Drew mystery series.

  17. bluerabbit profile image80
    bluerabbitposted 8 years ago

    The Black Stallion (and every other dog and horse book in the Bookmobile)

  18. DJ Funktual profile image87
    DJ Funktualposted 8 years ago

    The 5 Chinese Brothers and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.   I also LOVED LOVED The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe!

  19. VioletSun profile image69
    VioletSunposted 8 years ago

    Nancy Drew stories and any mystery book. Also enjoyed paranormal stories. I was a weird kid. LOL!

  20. Bard of Ely profile image87
    Bard of Elyposted 8 years ago

    Rupert Bear stories, most Enid Blyton books and the Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis.

    1. Nolimits Nana profile image93
      Nolimits Nanaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      My aunts in England always sent us books for Christmas - Rupert books were favourites, but I read anything and everything. Still do. Right now, I love anything by Charles de Lint.

  21. caspar profile image83
    casparposted 8 years ago

    I loved Enid Blyton books too.  I started with Noddy, then the Secret Seven, the Famous Five, the Find-Outers, the Adventurous Four...there were loads more.  I was addicted to them and I didn't read any other authors for years, which is probably not a good thing!

  22. Shadesbreath profile image89
    Shadesbreathposted 8 years ago

    Depends what age I reckon.

    Really young,  Beatrix Potter books:  Squirrel Nutkin by far the best.

    DJ said it right on: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, for elementary school age

    All the Narnia books.

  23. Astralbex profile image61
    Astralbexposted 8 years ago

    Famous Five, Secret Seven, Chronicls of Narnia.

  24. Lidian profile image70
    Lidianposted 8 years ago

    Nancy Drews - I used to buy 4 of the yellow backed hardcovers for $10 in the 1970s, with birthday money, and I remember how exiciting it was to have 4 brand-new mysteries to read!

    When I was about 12 I went on to Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie. Last summer we read "Hound of the Baskervilles" as a family and all took turns reading aloud. Our kids really loved it too.

    Other books I liked as a kid:

    From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

    Harriet the Spy

    The Long Secret

    Roller Skates (which is pretty obscure, it was my mother's copy, and it is about a tomboy in NYC who gets a year off from her wealthy proper parents who go to Europe, and she boards with two of her teachers and roller skates everywhere and has very cool adventures)

  25. MCDotson profile image60
    MCDotsonposted 8 years ago

    Before I hit the teenage years, I loved reading Judy Blume: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Superfudge, Ramona; The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White; and the Little House on the Prairie series.

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    samchic04posted 8 years ago

    When I was a kid, my Aunt and Uncle gave me a pretty thin book called The Giving Tree. Not many people I know have heard of it, but it's one of the best ones for kids. That and The Little Prince... smile

  27. Estella profile image60
    Estellaposted 8 years ago

    It was back then dick and jane. This was a good books for kids and they need to have more good books to help our kids out and for people to read to them to keep them going. have a great day thank you

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    Renee C.posted 8 years ago

    My favorite book was ANYTHING I could get my hands on:)

    But if I have to narrow the field I'd have to say Encyclopedia Brown and most Stephen King novels...Carrie, Thinner, The Shining, etc.

  29. mothermia profile image61
    mothermiaposted 8 years ago

    i love reading and i have a few..the nancy drew mysteries-hardy boys-little house on the prairy and old yellow..i still read now but none have caught my eye just yet..

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    joey_koalaposted 8 years ago

    hmmm my first ever book written in English (i migrated to Australia from Hong Kong at age 8) was Flat Stanley smile

    Great book. The boy gets to travel in an envelope. Not exactly first class but hell cheap!

  31. guidebaba profile image61
    guidebabaposted 8 years ago

    As a Kid I loved all kinds of comics books. Now I love Books with lots of picture of Beautiful Women. cool

  32. Jeniferr profile image81
    Jeniferrposted 8 years ago

    Bridge To Terabithia, The Wind In The Willows, Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing (any Judy Blume really), Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, The Westing Game, some Beverly Cleary stuff, The Witch of Blackbird Pond...just off the top of my head, lol.

  33. candigirltnt profile image61
    candigirltntposted 8 years ago

    Jane Eyre.
      I was a very strange child but this appealed to me.
    It is the first book I read that was not a storybook and I absolutely adore it still.

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    chiuiposted 8 years ago

    i didnt read books when i was still a kid. except for the Bible, i think. smile


  35. britneydavidson profile image61
    britneydavidsonposted 8 years ago

    Mine was Sherlock Holmes.

  36. crashcromwell profile image81
    crashcromwellposted 8 years ago

    I guess it depends on what age you're talking about. The earliest book I can remember loving was a children's book about a cat named Green Eyes. I also loved Me and the Terrible Two by Ellen Conford. I read that book over and over and over.

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      shinujohn2008posted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Nancy Drew

  37. TravelMonkey profile image60
    TravelMonkeyposted 8 years ago

    The first book I remember was flat Stanley, a story about a child who is flattened by a painting and has numerous adventures as thin a paper.

  38. spooon profile image69
    spooonposted 8 years ago

    Piers Anthony - Xanth series

  39. vwalden profile image61
    vwaldenposted 8 years ago

    Such a tough question to answer...so many choices.

    I'll pick "Charlotte's Web" though. The language is great and the characters are so compelling. I've read it probably 20 times and still get choked up when Charlotte dies.

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    squirtt7posted 8 years ago

    I loved the books "Howliday Inn" and "Bunnicula" and "The Celery Stalks at Midnight" by James Howe. They were awesome. A rabbit sucking the color out of vegetables? What could be more enthralling?

  41. lgyre profile image61
    lgyreposted 8 years ago

    Wow, this thread really reminded me of a lot of favorites.  I also loved Jane Yolen, Pippi Longstocking, and Harriet the Spy.

    I also remember being awed by a few other random things, especially:

    A Fine White Dust (a thirteen-year-old gets religion)
    The Fragile Flag (a bunch of kids march to Washington to protest nuclear war)
    Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth (they practice witchcraft)
    Something Wicked This Way Comes (some sort of evil carnival)

    I've always loved fantasy, particularly The Earthsea Trilogy (LeGuin is still one of my favorite authors), and I'm sure I would have been into His Dark Materials, had it existed at the time.

  42. Paraglider profile image89
    Paragliderposted 8 years ago

    Enid Blyton's Adventure series and the Famous Five. Then Frank Richard's school stories - Billy Bunter & Tom Merry. And my older brother's Eagle annuals. Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future.

  43. Len Cannon profile image88
    Len Cannonposted 8 years ago

    I read too much as a child to choose just one favorite, but one of the best was The Westing Game.  It satisfied my need for a grand mystery, and at the same time showed me that both children AND adults were far more complex people with faults and problems and hurts that aren't always clear.  I felt like it took me seriously, even if the story was a little silly.

  44. profiler profile image61
    profilerposted 8 years ago

    My god, so many complex titles!

    I'm almost ashamed to say I only cared about Disney books when I was little!


  45. jim10 profile image73
    jim10posted 8 years ago

    The Phantom Tollbooth

  46. WHoArtNow profile image85
    WHoArtNowposted 8 years ago

    "Of Mice and Men" was a favourite, as well as the "Hobbit" and "Lord Of the Rings". Also a big fan of Charles Dickins "Great Expectation"

  47. Anna Marie Bowman profile image93
    Anna Marie Bowmanposted 8 years ago

    That all depends on what age I was at at the time.  I had several favorites.  The Wind in the Willows was a favorite when I was younger.  Then, at 12, I discovered Stephen King.  I read IT when I was 12.  Always be a favorite of mine.

  48. Rangerwife profile image61
    Rangerwifeposted 7 years ago

    Danny and the Dinosaur and when I was a little older Pride and Prejudice

  49. mhei profile image78
    mheiposted 7 years ago

    when i was a kid,had so many SWEET VALLEY and NANCY DREW books..i think i completed the series of sweet valley - sweet valley kids, sweet valley high and sweet valley university by francine pascal smile

    1. Rangerwife profile image61
      Rangerwifeposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Yeah, I like those too.  Oh, and the RL Stine

      1. mhei profile image78
        mheiposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        RL Stine??cool smile i like goosebumps

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    isabella2015posted 7 years ago

    by E. Nesbit
    by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
    by L.M. Montgomery