Favorite Childhood Books

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    May 17, 2009 3:22 PM GMT
    Green Eggs and Ham....Dr. Seuss.

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  • ShawnTX

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    May 17, 2009 4:13 PM GMT
    My parents used to buy me books on Egyptian and Greek myths. Oh, and The Hardy Boys for my older brother and Nancy Drew for me...hmmm...
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    May 17, 2009 4:22 PM GMT
    Basically anything by Enid Blyton. I read her from 6 to 16 and was really sad when I read them for the last time at 16 realizing that it would probably be the last time.
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    May 17, 2009 5:01 PM GMT
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  • Tiran

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    May 17, 2009 5:02 PM GMT
    The Wizard of Oz series, Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Bobsey Twins, Trixie Belden, Three Investigators, Enid Blyton's Famous Five, National Geographics Presents (at least I think thats what it was called, large glossy hardcoves with maps and wonderful pictures on all sorts of subjects), Chronicles of Narnia, the Hobbit, greek and norse mythology and just about anything I could get my hands on. I was a regular (weekly if not more often) visitor to the public library taking a bag or more home every time.

    Those are just my favorites that I remember.
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    May 17, 2009 5:26 PM GMT
    Anything by Richard Scarry
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    And The Phantom Toll Booth
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    May 17, 2009 6:37 PM GMT
    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass by Charles Lutwidge Dodgeson (Lewis Carroll)
    Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
    Hop on Pop, Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, etc. by Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss)
    A Book of Nonsense by Edward Lear (I really really liked the story of the voyagers and Quangle Wangle... the limericks were funny more because of the illustrations rather than the words, was too young to appreciate it fully)
    The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (particularly loved Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and Toomai of the Elephants)
    A book on Babar the Elephant by Jean de Brunhoff (I forgot which book, I think it was Babar's Voyage)
    The Prince & The Pauper by Mark Twain (also read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer/Huckleberry Finn but didn't enjoy both much)
    The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
    The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
    Moby Dick by Herman Melville (although I never finished it AFAIK)
    White Fang and The Call of the Wild by Jack London
    Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
    The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
    Fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen and Grimm's Fairy Tales (the original ones, not hollywood-ized, nor censored. Featuring all the gory details, like beheading, eating, etc. Andersen's fairy tales however, were vastly superior to Grimm's)
    Several short stories like The Legend of the Sleepy Hollow etc.

    Those are just a fraction of what I can recall. Most are old american classics. Since I usually haunted the school libraries where most of the books are very old. Most of them I barely really understood fully, I was very young when I read them. Some I can't remember at all even if I'm very sure I read them like The Last of the Mohicans, for example. The books by Lewis Carrol and Edward Lear helped shape my sense of humor, and to this day, two of the authors, Lewis Carroll and Rudyard Kipling remain my favorite authors of all time.

    And a forgotten book on 2 bearcubs and their mom is the earliest book I can remember reading. It was the one my mom used to teach me and my brother to read.

    And yeah the young adolescent mystery books; Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Bobsey Twins, etc. Various storybook compilations, the Goosebumps books, comics, Stephen King, and all the world mythology books I could get my hands on. This was before I got hooked on sci-fi after reading Micheal Crichton's Jurassic Park and high fantasy with Mercedes Lackey and Tolkien. But that's another looong list... icon_wink.gif

    And LOL Beaux, I also read that!!! The cat is forgettable (I always thought her kind of mean because of her always glaring eyes) but I can't believe I've forgotten about that earthworm all these years!

    P.S. oh and one book that stood out in my high school years: Swan Song by Robert McCammon
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    May 17, 2009 7:46 PM GMT
    As a child
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  • Rookz

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    May 17, 2009 7:48 PM GMT
    Green Eggs and Ham!

    Origami books!

    And my all time favorite, the Necronomicon!
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    ...

    Wait, what do you mean this isn't a children's book???

  • jgymnast733

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    May 17, 2009 7:50 PM GMT
    Mother goose, La mer l'oy..
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    The man who lost his head..
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    May 17, 2009 7:50 PM GMT
    Charlotte's Web
    Where the Red Fern Grows
    The entire Goosebumps series
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    May 17, 2009 7:53 PM GMT
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    May 17, 2009 9:18 PM GMT
    i absolutely devoured the entire Hardy Boys series, i started on nancy drew shortly after. and I also read a lot of sci-fi/horror books too
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    May 17, 2009 9:31 PM GMT
    Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sacher

    They're ragin'.
  • jlly_rnchr

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    May 17, 2009 9:42 PM GMT
    Anything with Ramona Quimby or Henry Huggins and his dog Ribsy.

    Goosebumps were the thing to read in 4th and 5th grade, I had a ton of them.

    Also, The Phantom Tollbooth was great. Read that a ton of times.
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    May 17, 2009 10:50 PM GMT
    Finn Family Moomintroll and the rest of the Tove Jansen's series.
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    May 17, 2009 11:20 PM GMT
    Matilda and anything that Roald Dahl wrote.
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    May 18, 2009 12:19 AM GMT
    Fuss Bunny, Crybaby Calf, Green Eggs and Ham, Yurtle the Turtle, The Cat in the Hat
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    May 18, 2009 12:28 AM GMT
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    Narnia, Nancy Drew, and allot of Agatha Christie.

    And of course Where The Wild Things Are


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    May 18, 2009 12:29 AM GMT
    Babar the Elephant
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    May 18, 2009 1:55 AM GMT
    Island of the Blue Dolphins http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Island_of_the_Blue_Dolphins

    The Boxcar Children http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Boxcar_Children

    The Three Investigators http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Investigators

    Choose Your Own Adventure http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choose_Your_Own_Adventure

    Can't remember the name but it had a dragon that liked tangerines.

    And can't forget Harold and the Purple Crayon!

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  • upsguy68

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    May 18, 2009 2:22 AM GMT
    The Black Stallion series by Walter Farleigh.
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    May 18, 2009 2:34 AM GMT
    My favorite child's book I read as an adult and never as a child.

    The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. It is about a china rabbit that keeps breaking, keeps falling in love and getting thrown away, and he learns to keep his heart open even though it is fragile and continues to break.


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    May 18, 2009 2:39 AM GMT
    Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
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    May 18, 2009 2:45 AM GMT
    The Little Engine That Could.

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