What book did you read constantly as a child?
There was always one book that ended up in our hands over and over as children. Which one was yours?
Island of the Blue Dolphin by Scott O'Dell. His books always were on my night stand. Young females being productive on their own with animal friends who had great losses in their life.
Do instruction manuals count? I've worn the pages of my Spyro 2: Gateway to Glimmer manual due to the amount of times I've flicked through it.
On a serious note, I didn't do a great deal of reading as a child. But one book I did read constantly was Stephen King's "Blaze", and some of his short stories in the anthology books.
Tales from the Arabian Nights. And I used to go to my grandmother's room to read to her because her eyesight was failing. Invariably it was the Holy Bible with her favorite chapters marked.
I used to read a novel by Louisa May Alcott over and over. It was called "An Old-Fashioned Girl." While I read "Little Women" also, there was something about the character, Rose, in AOFG that always drew me back again and again. We also had an illustrated book in the house called "The Animals of North America" that I found fascinating, and I would go through that one practically once a week.
It's not always the classics that connect with a person.
Isn't that funny? I do love Little Women, but it was never the same as the other for me.
It's happened to me too. The staple of my favorite author, Chris Bunch, was the Sten series, which I hated. I much preferred his Seer King series.
I read "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott over and over again. I read it first when I was seven years old and then again probably each year of my life until I was about 15. I reread again in my forties and plan to again this year (I'm 54). I find it endlessly fascinating for different reasons with each reread.
Judy Blume and Nancy Drew books always ended up in my hands. I loved them and would re-read them over and over.
I also was a big fan of Judy Blume and Nancy Drew. I also loved the Encyclopedia Brown books.
I learned to read at age four, so by the time I was eight years old I was devouring books usually read by older readers. That's when I discovered WUTHERING HEIGHTS. I continued to read it about once a year into adulthood, and the story of Catherine and Heathcliff never failed to thrill me.
Clarence Buddington Kelland wrote a series of books about Mark Tidd. I couldn't get enough of them. The books featured an Our Gang group of young boys in various adventures. Nowadays the books sell on eBay at premium, classic prices, if at all.
I think the book I took out most from my elementary school library was "Where the Sidewalk Ends" by Shel Silverstein... my mother must have gotten so sick of reading those poems to me but I thought they were awesome!
There were 3 for me. The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll and What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge. I loved those books.
"The Secret Garden." I loved that as a child and I still love it today. I do read it as an adult. I love the characters, I love the old Gothic mansion, and I love the garden and of course the story. It has always held my interest.
Poppy by AVI, I read this book over and over again. I read all to the sequels to Poppy.
It has to be "James and the Giant Peach" by Roald Dahl. It was a classic fantasy adventure story about a boy escaping from his situation in life, travelling with new found friends who give him a different outlook on his situation. Great story telling and imagery in it.
At one of my grandma's houses, it was "The Poky Little Puppy," at a neighbor's house it was "Danny and the Dinosaur," and at our house it was the abridged "Black Beauty" (which I still have) when I was smaller and the "Little House" books by Laura Ingalls Wilder when I was a bit older. Truthfully, there were more, as I loved to read, but those are the first ones that came to mind as finding their way to my hands more frequently.
by Susana101 9 years ago
There are plenty of good children's books that keep me interested and wouldn't mind reading it again. Personally, I love The Tale of Despereaux, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, and Persepolis.
by milleramanda53 8 years ago
What is the one book you could read over and over and it never gets old?
by jkchandra 8 years ago
Have you read Harry Potter and do remember the first time you read the first book of your choice. I remember reading the 1st book when I was a 13year old and that was nearly ten years ago.
by lizzyroe 9 years ago
I have a few books that I've read a million times - somehow they never get old. My favorite is Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None." Wanted to know if this was common or if I'm just strange.
by thirdmillenium 10 years ago
Which book have you read more than once and would not mind reading again?
by Linda Crampton 8 years ago
How can we encourage children to read for pleasure?
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