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??
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.
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 . I only have 2 classifications for novels in generalization. Children's books and Books.
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.
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!
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)
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!
I really enjoyed reading the Cam Jansen series, by David Adler, and Louis Sachar items such as Sideways Stories from Wayside High, and Holes
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.
My favorite book as a kid were the Pippi Longstocking books!
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."
Wrinkle in Time Series, Chronicles of Narnia, Nancy Drew Mysteries, Pern Novels, and loads more that I can't think of!
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.
I learned to read from the Dick and Jane series. Later I read the Nancy Drew mystery series.
The Black Stallion (and every other dog and horse book in the Bookmobile)
The 5 Chinese Brothers and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. I also LOVED LOVED The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe!
Nancy Drew stories and any mystery book. Also enjoyed paranormal stories. I was a weird kid. LOL!
Rupert Bear stories, most Enid Blyton books and the Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis.
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!
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.
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)
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.
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...
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
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.
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..
hmmm my first ever book written in English (i migrated to Australia from Hong Kong at age 8) was Flat Stanley
Great book. The boy gets to travel in an envelope. Not exactly first class but hell cheap!
As a Kid I loved all kinds of comics books. Now I love Books with lots of picture of Beautiful Women.
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.
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.
i didnt read books when i was still a kid. except for the Bible, i think.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
My god, so many complex titles!
I'm almost ashamed to say I only cared about Disney books when I was little!
"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"
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.
Danny and the Dinosaur and when I was a little older Pride and Prejudice
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
FIVE CHILDREN AND IT
by E. Nesbit
CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN
by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES
by L.M. Montgomery
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