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What were some of your favourite books when you were a child?

Asked by ucme (47437points) January 22nd, 2010

Were you an avid reader from an early age?Maybe you were introduced to books when your parents read you bedtime stories.Or were in a book club at your school.

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jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

I loved the Frog and Toad series. I even have some of the books to this day.

When I got a bit older, I read Goosebumps and Animorphs.

marinelife's avatar

I loved Cat’s Eye by Andre Norton.

I liked A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle.

I read almost anything an liked a lot of it.

Dr_Dredd's avatar

My parents told me that I started reading when I was two years old. I suspect this is exaggerated, but I have been an avid reader since I was a little kid. Some of my early favorites were the Laura Ingalls Wilder series (Little House on the Prairie books). I must have read all of them at least 10 times, if not more.

When I got a little older (late elementary, early Junior High), I started getting into science fiction. A friend introduced me to Anne McCaffrey’s “Dragonrider” books, and I was totally hooked. I also must have read them at least 10 times, but I didn’t care for the later ones as much as the earlier books.

SarasWhimsy's avatar

I loved books from day one. I have pictures of me when I was a toddler carrying an encyclopedia over to a chair to “read” it. Frog and Toad were some of my favorites, Dr. Seuss of course, and I loved having some of the Narnia books read to me.

judochop's avatar

Goodnight Moon was and is still my fave.

Jude's avatar

The Last Unicorn

nicobanks's avatar

I read a lot of books, but one stands out as a favourite: Beyond the Labyrinth by Gillian Rubinstein.

I also liked the Narnia books, the Little House on the Prairie books, the Anne of Green Gables books, but I don’t have much staying power with series’, I only ever read (and re-read) the first few books from any of these.

I also like Christopher Pike.

HGl3ee's avatar

The Berenstain Bears <3 BUT only when my Dad read them to me, we had the whole collection, and my parents still have them pack away safe for my Dad to read to his grandkids ^.^

Snarp's avatar

I always loved Dr. Seuss’ McElligot’s pool. Also, the Lorax. When I got older, the Chronicles of Narnia, which were the only books I ever read more than once. I also devoured Hardy Boys books. Then the dog books: Old Yeller, Where the Red Fern Grows, The Incredible Journey, Call of the Wild, White Fang.

ubersiren's avatar

The Velveteen Rabit
The Babysitter’s Club books
the Fudge series
the Ramona series
Little Women
Dr. Seuss

I don’t know that I was a very avid reader. I wish I had more interest in it when I was young.

janbb's avatar

Read all the time and still do. Some childhood favorites:

Little Women and its sequels
The Chronicles of Narnia
Edward Eager’s magic books
500 Hats of Bartholemew Cubbins
A Very Special House
Black Beauty

Lightlyseared's avatar

Anything written by Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams.

tinyfaery's avatar

Anything by Beverly Cleary or Judy Blume. I also loved to read my mom’s old Nancy Drew books.

shego's avatar

I love the Giving Tree, The Boxcar Children, The Polk Street series ( Patricia Riley Giff), The Babysitters Club, and a lot more.

Snarp's avatar

@shego I forgot all about the Boxcar Children. Those were good.

shego's avatar

@Snarp I had totally forgotten about them too, until I found all of my old books.

Jharty89's avatar

Amelia Bedelia was my favorite when I was little

shego's avatar

@Jharty89 I forgot about that one too. Wow, I just love how she made sponge cake.

borderline_blonde's avatar

@Jharty89 I LOVED Amelia!!! Those were some of my favorites when I was a kid. She was such a klutz and I can totally relate to that :P

Some of my other favorites were the Boxcar Children, Babysitter’s Club books, and Goosebumps.

Supacase's avatar

The Little House series
The Ramona series
Pipi Longstocking
The Secret Garden
The Little Princess
Trixie Beldon
Anything by Judy Blume or Beverly Cleary
Pretty much anything I could get my hands on except I refused to read Babysitter’s Club

erichw1504's avatar

The Thief of Always
The Goosebumps series
Where the Wild Things Are

shego's avatar

The Whipping Boy, Island of the Blue Dolphins, Number the Stars, Wayside Stories, and the Harry Potter books

Ghost_in_the_system's avatar

Where the Wild Things Are, The Chronicles of Narnia

Dr_Dredd's avatar

I forgot about this one until now. Big Red, by Jim Kjelgaard. It’s a coming-of-age story about a boy and his Irish Setter dog.

sjmc1989's avatar

All of the classic Winnie the Pooh books
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear
Beatrix Potter’s Tales of Peter Rabbit and His Friends
Dr. Suess The Foot Book

HGl3ee's avatar

Faith and the Electric Dogs

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Kokoro's avatar

When I was younger I had a collection of Mother Goose Rhymes, Fairy Tales and Folk Tales. I still love them. Frog and Toad, Peter Rabbit, and of course a bookcase full of the Little Golden Books and Dr. Seuss.

Val123's avatar

Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling (which includes a scaled down version of the Jungle Book)
The Jungle Book
Winnie The Pooh

susanc's avatar

Winnie the Pooh and all the other A.A. Milnes
Peter Pan
Jungle Book with the “great green greasy Limpopo River” in it
Beatrix Potters, every single one, what a world that was!
Wind in the Willows
Where the Wild Things are but also In the Night Kitchen, with the cooks looking like
Oliver Hardy, and the little boy with his weenie out, ooh
An old version of the Pied Piper of Hamelin illustrated by Kate Greenaway…

never got behind Alice in Wonderland, found it frightening and tricky.

Val123's avatar

@susanc AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 Down by the banks of the great, grey, green, greasy Limpo PO RIVA!!!!! All set about with Fever Trees.!

Baby elephants child with the ‘satiable curiosity. Do you think anyone ever finally called the SRS on those people? Poor thing!

A Stute Fish.

How writing was invented….

Oh, wait. You were just talking about The Jungle Book. I’m blathering about The Just So Stories!

shego's avatar

Anything written by Roald Dahl- Matilda, the Twits, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, James and the Giant Peach, are to name a few.

erichw1504's avatar

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

janbb's avatar

Oh – and StruwelPeter (Slovenly Peter) – a seriously scary book.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Like little kid? All the Ramona the Pest books, Sesame Street’s The Monster At The End of This Book, Frog and Toad Together, the Encyclopedia Brown series, Richard Scarry’s and Dr. Seuss’s books. And Alfred Hitchcock’s Stories to Read with the Lights On, which I shouldn’t have been reading, but there you go. When I was in 4th and 5th grades, I devoured all the Chronicles of Narnia, LOTR, Douglas Adams, Judy Blume, Paula Danziger, Richard Peck and Robert Cormier I could stand. And stupid, stupid stuff like Thy Neighbor’s Wife, Scruples, and that awful Dollenganger series, too. Awful stuff, I know.

Once I was past 10 or so I started reading fiction geared towards adults like Goodbye, Janette and Wifey. Eeesh. I read a lot of dirty novels before I was14, I have to admit.

sjmc1989's avatar

@erichw1504 Loved that book I can’t find mine, I guess I will have to buy it again!

life_after_2012's avatar

H.G Wells ” war of the worlds”

adinaa's avatar

I loved Roald Dahl books, as well as the “Serendipity” books by Stephen Cosgrove and Robin James. They were so cute! I loved The House on Pooh Corner as well.
I think my favorite childhood book was The Phantom Tollbooth. I never realized just how deep it was until I read it again when I was older.

aprilsimnel's avatar

@adinaa, I read Dahl and Milne and The Phantom Tollbooth, too! I loved them! Dang, it was so long ago…

chian's avatar

judy blume
malory towers
secret garden
the little princess (oh my god i am getting emotional!)
nancy drew
black beaty
the pirate books

TehRoflMobile's avatar

All the “Redwall” series books.

Val123's avatar

The Black Stallion series.

Trillian's avatar

Most of the listed titles from the older crew, and now that I’m all grown up I LOVE Juney B Jones!

Seek's avatar

My daddy taught me to read with “The Hobbit” when I was four. I had The Lord of the Rings and the Silmarillion finished for the first time by the end of third grade. I’m a Tolkien fanatic to this day.

We also read a lot of Kipling and Poe. I can’t remember a time that I didn’t have “Gunga Din” and “The Raven” committed to memory.

As far as more “childish” stories, I loved “The Phantom Tollbooth” by A.A. Milne. In fact, I still love this book, and read it at least once a year. I just finished reading it to my son for the first time.

Also, anything and everything by Shel Silverstein. “There’s too many kids in this tub. There’s too many elbows to scrub. I just washed a behind that I’m sure wasn’t mine. There’s too many kids in this tub.”

YARNLADY's avatar

Reader’s Digest
Popular Mechanics

Book: My Friend Flicka

OpryLeigh's avatar

I loved anything by Enid Blyton as a kid.

LunaChick's avatar

My favorite book, as a little girl, was Miss Suzy. Last year, I was looking through a used book store and I found a copy. Even though I don’t have children, I bought it anyway. It brought back a lot of memories.

Aesthetic_Mess's avatar

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs
The Junie B. Jones series
The Giving Tree
The Beatrix Potter series

I read a lot. I can’t think of them all.

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