What is your favorite book from your childhood?
All of us have that favorite book from when we were kids. Some were popular titles that everyone read, but some may have been more obscure. What was your favorite chapter book, and why?
So many favourite books - so many books - a whole library of them and a bike or bus ride to the library every Saturday morning, to choose some more. Maybe Charles Dickens' David Copperfield. It was the first "REAL" book I read, at the age of 10. I found it difficult going in some places, Charles Dickens can write an awful lot of descriptive prose at times, especially when he had to make the word count for magazine pages and my concentration wasn't too good for those parts. but I think it taught me how to skim read over the "unimportant" bits, to get the meat of the story. In those days, there was no television, so reading was a very important part of having "something to do".
I've read enough Charles Dickens and other contemporary authors of his time to know their writing style; so I agree some of the lengthy descriptions were a bit tedious! I couldn't sit through Charles Dickens until I was 13 or 14. Thank you very much!
I didn't read a whole lot when I was a kid (I'm making up for it now!). But I remember really enjoying "Roller Skates" by Ruth Sawyer. It's a Newbery Medal winner from the 1930s. My Mom read it to me first. I think I enjoyed this one because I was about the same age as the main character and because this book has so much imagination. It's about a 10 year old girl who struggles a bit with Victorian society because she's so outgoing and imaginative.
That sounds really interesting! It's certainly not something I've heard of; I might have to look into it! Thanks!
Thank you for asking this question! It's made me remember this book and I think I want to get a copy of it again. It's been probably 10 years since I've read it.
The first book that really got me going on reading was The Wizard of Oz. Our second grade teacher would read a little bit of it to the class every afternoon, and I was hooked. My mom bought me the book because I was so excited about the story. I read it over and over again I still have it though it is hanging together by a few threads. (it was 55 years ago.)
My favorite book when I was younger was Kavik the Wolf Dog, by Walt Morey. It was about a wolf dog that survives a plane crash and gets rescued by a boy named Andy. I have loved wolves (and dogs) for as long as I can remember, and read this book over and over.
As a child, I really enjoyed reading The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner. Four siblings, who live in a boxcar, go on exciting adventures and solve mysteries that would make Scooby Do jealous. I admired how much strength and courage such young kids had. So much of my thirst for adventure came from the seeds planted from these books.
I'm very familiar with Warner's series! They are still incredibly popular today. I'm glad they inspired an adventurous side in you; it's great when books do that! Thanks for your answer!
Loved the Boxcar Children as well! Such good books.
I can remember carrying around so many books with me as a child. Most were fairly thin books with lots of pictures, but I still remember them as if I just read them yesterday. But the one that stands out the most to me was "The Eleventh Hour: A Curious Mystery" by Graeme Base. It was about an elephant and all his animal friends celebrating his birthday. It was written as a sort of epic poem describing the party, accompanied my amazingly detailed illustrations. The best part about it for me, since I'm obsessed with solving riddles and puzzles, was the countless clues and hints as to who ruined the party at the end by eating the entire birthday feast. The illustrator hid them in the drawings, and it was up to the reader to solve the mystery. Such a memorable book! And I think I still have it all these years later!
My favorite childhood books are "The Faraway Tree" book series by Enid Blyton. I still kept these charming books with me and continue to enjoy re-reading them even after many years. With this book series, Enid Blyton had an unique connection with younger readers as she introduced them into the enchanting world of fairy folk, talking animals, bewitched objects and magical adventures.
The Faraway Tree books by Enid Blyton
Even to this day I read and love them, they are so magical.
My favorite growing up was The Little Princess by Frances Hogsdon Burnett. I got it as a free book from the library's summer reading program (if you read a certain number of books you would get a free one at the end of the summer), and I must have read it several dozen times. I loved that Sara had such a strong imagination, and that her imaginary world was more powerful than the real one she was living in.
Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo. I've read it so many times to my class. It's the best story in the world. Ever!
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