What is your favorite book from your childhood?

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  1. hmclio profile image76
    hmclioposted 10 years ago

    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?

  2. DreamerMeg profile image80
    DreamerMegposted 10 years ago

    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. smile 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".

    1. hmclio profile image76
      hmclioposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      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!

  3. LastRoseofSummer2 profile image83
    LastRoseofSummer2posted 10 years ago

    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.

    1. hmclio profile image76
      hmclioposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      That sounds really interesting! It's certainly not something I've heard of; I might have to look into it! Thanks!

    2. LastRoseofSummer2 profile image83
      LastRoseofSummer2posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      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.

  4. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 10 years ago

    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.)

    1. hmclio profile image76
      hmclioposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Unfortunately I have not read much of Baum and his Oz books, but they are on my soon-to-read list! I'm glad you enjoyed them, thanks for the answer!

  5. Dreamhowl profile image96
    Dreamhowlposted 10 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.

    1. hmclio profile image76
      hmclioposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I've read about the book, but haven't read the book itself. It sounds like a really good book! Thanks so much for your answer!

  6. Availiasvision profile image81
    Availiasvisionposted 10 years ago

    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.

    1. hmclio profile image76
      hmclioposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      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!

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      ElleBeeposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Loved the Boxcar Children as well! Such good books.

  7. kereeves3 profile image82
    kereeves3posted 10 years ago

    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!

  8. ishwaryaa22 profile image82
    ishwaryaa22posted 10 years ago

    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.

    1. hmclio profile image76
      hmclioposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I haven't heard of that series or the author, but they sound really interesting. I will need to check them out! Thank you very much!

  9. Willow the Wisp profile image67
    Willow the Wispposted 10 years ago

    The Faraway Tree books by Enid Blyton
    Even to this day I read and love them, they are so magical.

    1. DreamerMeg profile image80
      DreamerMegposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, me too. Though I pretend it's for my granddaughter's benefit!

  10. Jordan Hake profile image81
    Jordan Hakeposted 10 years ago

    My favorite of all time is "The Hobbit", hands down.

    1. hmclio profile image76
      hmclioposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I need to try rereading that one! I love Tolkien's essays and his later works (Children of Hurin, Silmarillion) but I was never able to finish the Hobbit and I don't remember why. It's been so long I probably could now! Thanks for your answer!

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    ElleBeeposted 10 years ago

    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.

    1. DreamerMeg profile image80
      DreamerMegposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I had that one too. smile

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    Jayne1973posted 9 years ago

    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!

    1. hmclio profile image76
      hmclioposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I haven't heard of it, but I will look into it! I love finding new books to read, and new books to add to the collection at work! Thank you smile


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