What was your favorite childhood book?
Did your parents read to you? Have you read that book to your child/children?
I was an early reader (legend has it that I started reading on my own when I was around three and a half), my favorite book was "Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories" by Dr. Seuss.
...and yes, I have read "Yertle" to my own kids, many times. Dr. Seuss is so much damn fun to read out loud!!
My parents read to me, but I was so young I didn't really have any favorite. With some of the Golden Books that were out there was some overlap from the time I was a preschooler and the time I had my own preschoolers; but I didn't care in particular about any of those "classics". Once I got past the Dick and Jane books of the earliest reading years (and before I was old enough to start building a little collection of my own books from either the Scholastic Book Club or else from Santa or the public library), there was one book that I kept reading over and over again; and it was big, "adult-looking", hard-cover, version of the story, "Heidi" that had to have come out somewhere around/after the time the movie came out (with Shirley Temple); because even though the book only had - like - one, full-size, black-and-white, photo (from a scene in the movie) every chapter or few chapters; there were otherwise no pictures, and the text was super-small (which made me think the book was more grown-up than any books being offered to children at the time).
It was a book that I was told had been an older cousin's book (and there was a stack of books that I suppose an aunt or cousin passed down to us).
I think it was an unabridged copy (I suppose I could look that up but won't right now); and it was so big and fat that I needed to lay it on a surface in order to read it. So, it offered enough reading time that I could read it a little at a time, eventually get to the end, and then start over. Looking back now.. To me, it was "the ultimate" in children's stories: A story that appealed to children presented in a way that gave them credit for not wanting the book abridged or otherwise "child-ified" (mainly because it was some of the "abridge-able" stuff in the story that made it as interesting a story as it was).
I didn't mind that every so often a whole page would be used up by a photo. There were few enough of those that they didn't interrupt the "reading experience" much at all.
Despite the fact that I could read by the time I was 3 years old, I never really had any interest in books as a child. The first book that changed that didn't pop into my life until I was 13 years old, and that book was "Swallowing Stones" by Joyce McDonald.
I still read it at least once a year to this very day.
I loved Enid Blyton books and think that I read almost every single one she wrote. I especially loved "The Magic Faraway Tree" series and would dream of finding a tree of my own that would take me to all of these strange lands.
My children weren't as keen on Enid Blyton although they did enjoy the 'St Clare's' and 'Mallory Towers' series of books. There's far more children's authors now than before and hence much more choice. Their favourite authors are Phillip Pullman, J. K. Rowling, Michael Morpurgo and many more.
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