What was your favorite book to read as a kid and why?
a) What was the name of the book and who was the author?
b) If you have children, have you bought the book for your child(ren)?
There was no SINGLE favorite book; my reading habits have always been far too voracious for that. But my Mom did have about 2/3 of all the books Edgar Rice Burroughs ever wrote, at least in the Tarzan and Mars series. Those, I definitely read repeatedly.
I do have children, but no, I did not buy the Burroughs books for them. Instead, having acquired the set Mom had, I carried them with me for years...and then finally donated them to an intervention group home for teenagers. My ex and I had been live-in houseparents at the facility. When it came time to move on, the books stayed behind.
My very favorite book as a child was "Where the Red Fern Grows" by Wilson Rawls. It was originally read to me by my fifth grade teacher. That year I bought my own copy and have read it every year. Whenever I have 5th grade students, I read this story. When my own children were old enough,I also read it to them...
I had a few that were my favorites. The only one that I can think of right now, however, is "Where the Red Fern Grows" by Wilson Rawls. It's a very sad book about a boy who wants a couple of hunting dogs so bad, he works his tail off to get them. If you haven't read the book, I won't ruin it for you, but the ending isn't so happy.
I have a two-year-old, so he's a little young, but maybe when he gets older I'll tell him about it.
As a small child, my favorite books to read were the Little Bear series. If I read them now, I wouldn't have a clue why I liked them. But, I can wager a guess that it was because I liked being read to before I went to sleep; and the Little Bear's grandmother was so nice too.
Roald Dahl was my favourite. He had a way of connecting with my reading which made me stay up on hours, even though I already knew the ending. His light humour and silly characters were a joy to picture.
Sing Down The Moon, by Scott O'dell. It was a remarkable book that possessed such emotion that it was the first book that I have ever read that I never wanted to end. Highly recommended.
I am another with no single favourite book. The Encyclopedia Brown - Boy Detective books were one favourite.
'Where the Wild Things Are' by Maurice Sendak, and 'When We Very Young' by AA Milne were two others.
I gave a younger relative copies of these for his fifth birthday and Xmas and he would ask me to read them every time I saw him. Like me, he loved 'Halfway Down the Stairs.' I can still recite it verbatim all these years later.
tiger eyes by judy blume because it just intrigued me and made me use my imagination
As a child I read books, morning, noon and night - even the cornflake box was read over and over again.
I had many favorite books at different stages of childhood. On recall now, to answer this question, one little book comes to mind, which was read many, many times. It was a book suitable for the 8- 10 year old reader. It was called 'The Adventures of Mr. Pinkwhistle', a kind of magic manlike creature who would help people in trouble and bring solutions to their problems in a very subtle, hidden invisible sort of way. I really liked that concept of quiet hidden executed help.
The book was from a series written by a famous English childrens' writer - Enid Blyton. She had many publications and series to her credit, all of which I loved and followed each series avidly. I managed to keep one of the Pinkwhistle books and presented it to my children, who were not a bit impressed! The book finally became torn, with pages missing. We moved house a lot and the tattered copy disappeared eventually - probably thrown out by some sensible helper in a house move.
Never to be forgotten, though, are the glad feelings invoked by the doing of good - quietly hidden.
I was five when I read the whole thick book (thick book for me at that time) entitled "Sally Dick and Jane", I forgot the author. It was the only American book available that my Dad had given me on my fifth birthday. I had been reading Arthur Maxwells Bedtime stories (Bible Stories) but Sally, Dick and Jane had an impact on me because I can identify myself with it. First I was called Jane, my sister Lily, and my brother Jun; not in the name of my siblings but because there were three children in that family as we were.
There was no book like that anymore when I got my own children and my daughter loved "Sweet Valley Twins " series, whereas my son loved Science Fiction.
One of my favourite's was Sarah Coolidge - 'What Katy Did'/'What Katy Did Next'. I loved those books even now! My overall favourite was a lovely story and the title was called 'Carbonela' about a mystical black cat who changes the life of a little girl and her friends over the summer holidays. I wish I could trace this book again as it was one of my favourites and I'm almost sure I lost my copy when moving house many years ago. As to the author, I honestly can't remember her/his name.
Hans Christian Anderson, Grimm Fairy tales and Kim by Kipling.
I read the stories I write to my children when they were younger. I started writng children stories when my youngest told his class tha his father was the best writer in the world on, "what does you father do for a living day" in his class. I had one week to incorporate over 20 kids names and favorite things and present them on Dad's Day at school.
The Railway Children & Alice in Wonderland; I also liked reading Grimms Fairytales, the secret seven, the famous five...hmmm come to think about it I enjoyed reading a whole array of different books, Enid Blyton was probably one of my favourite authors and Robert Louis Stevenson's poems. Yes I did buy the Secret Seven and the Famous Five books for my son, well actually I didn't buy them I already had them and gave them to him.
Catcher In The Rye, by J.D. Salinger. I was 13-14, when I first read the book. After a re-read and reading Cliff Notes, I have come to realize that some of the story was over my adolescent head but I related to the frustrations that the character expressed. I don't have children but I think it would be a great read for a 15 or 16-year-old.
My alter ego wrote a blog about Salinger, shortly after his death: http://walterobryant.wordpress.com/2010 … -salinger/
It's not so much what my favorite book as a kid was, but rather who my favorite author was as a kid and that is no other than Roald Dahl. I lived with James inside that Giant Peach, rode with Danny in his dad's rickety car, and escaped the wrath of Boggis, Bunce and Bean with that Fantastic Mr. Fox! And I still do.
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