Your favourite books you read as a child

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Lanolin

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What are they and would you still read them again?

Mine were. Roald Dahl, Babysitters Club and Garfield.
I've started to read some childrens books I never actually read as a child and quite enjoy them. So innocent. They dont have sex and violence (well not so much) in them and often theres a moral to them, especially the ones for younger children. Or humour. Which you dont often get in adult books.

The Little Prince is one thats quite timeless.
I also liked The Secret Garden

I do remember reading the Good News Bible as a child because of the stick figure illustrations, but as I wasnt raised in church never had the illustrated bible stories that I think might have been the norm for Sunday School children. A lot of christans seem to like CS Lewis but I dont think I ever really got into the narnia books. More the cartoon. But having said that I used to imagine that my wardrobe did lead into a different land. So I must have got that from Narnia somehow.

The current bestsellers are now Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and Dogman. I havent read those but wonder if they still stack up as great childrens books. Harry Potter was quite huge but When they came out I was too old for them. I like the first few but then They got a bit complicated and drawn out for me. I heard some christians didnt like them for their witchcraft content. I only read them To find out what the fuss was all about. But I didnt take to them in a big way and wouldnt read them over and over. The thing is adults did enjoy them so they published them in more adult looking covers so that they wouldnt be embarassed to be caught reading them.

I dont have any shame about my book covers I reckon just read what you like and if you do like a book keep reading till you finished.
 
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I love children's books!

I loved Roald Dahl's The Vicar of Nibbleswicke and still love it! But I read it as an adult. My favourite childrens book as a little child was The Happy Prince.

I also recommend Nick Butterwoth, Andre Dahan and Nankichi Niimi to anyone who loves children's books:)
 

mar09

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A few short ones I can recall now:

Charlotte’ Web, The Trumpet of the Swan, by EB White
Platero and I, by Juan Ramón Jiménez, ’56 Nobel Prize
The Little Prince, A. Saint-Exupery
 

cinder

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Narnia will always have a special place in my heart, because yes I'm that type of christian. In a similar vein I also really enjoyed Susan Cooper's Dark is Rising series. And Patricia C wrede's enchanted forest chronicles (though i didn't get my hands on book 1 until I was an adult books 2, 3, and 4 were awesome). Granted most of the books I think of as children's books were preteen or young adult books. Also read a few boxcar children, hardy boys, and I'm not even sure what else books as a kid. Oh and I remember really enjoying a lot of the Gary paulsen books, Hatchett, Dogsong, whatever that one was called that was more of a real life account of his training sled dogs and racing in the iditorad. Also really enjoyed The Giver and Invitation to the Game and several of the young astronauts series. And the bracken trilogy which I barely remember except the last book. By the time I was in high school I was pretty much reading books for adults as much as teens, I made very little distinction between the two at that point.
 

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I read comic books mostly as a child, but the books that i did actually read were those Goosebumps and Animorphs books.
 

Ghoti2

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A few short ones I can recall now:

Charlotte’ Web, The Trumpet of the Swan, by EB White
Platero and I, by Juan Ramón Jiménez, ’56 Nobel Prize
The Little Prince, A. Saint-Exupery
The Little Prince was excellent! I still have a copy in my small library.
 

Lanolin

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Those encyclopaedias were heavy reading. I was given a set of Britannica. This was the days before internet. If you wanted to find out anything you had to look it up in there, it was so dry.

Wikipedia has certainly changed things, now everyone can be an expert. Imgaine how huge wikipedia would be if it was ever published in book form.
 

Ghoti2

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Those encyclopaedias were heavy reading. I was given a set of Britannica. This was the days before internet. If you wanted to find out anything you had to look it up in there, it was so dry.

Wikipedia has certainly changed things, now everyone can be an expert. Imgaine how huge wikipedia would be if it was ever published in book form.
Actually, The World Book is nothing like Britannica. The World Book can be some very interesting and entertaining reading.
 

Lanolin

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Actually, The World Book is nothing like Britannica. The World Book can be some very interesting and entertaining reading.
World books is for younger readers and had colour pictures. Britannica was dry and boring.
But children these days dont read encyclopaedias.

I had one book that was called the New Book of Knowledge, A. So I could read everything starting with A but as we didnt have any of the others in the set I never found out anything from B to Z. I still, have it somewhere but I remember it being overly american as it had all the states and cities starting with A. Atlanta, Arkansas, Arizona, Alabama, Alburqueque, places so off my radar, but it didnt have Auckland, where I live and I thought well these people dont know much, only about america! (Which starts with A)

I think the neighbours gave us that book. Not sure if they had all the others. Maybe they gave each of their friends one volume each to share.
 

Lanolin

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My favourite reference book was the dictionary. I liked looking up new words. I still do but have graduated to bigger dictionaries.
 

mar09

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Was remembering two classics from the Danish story teller, Hans Christian Andersen:
The Emperor's New Clothes and The Ugly Duckling.
 
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My mother made me read French children books, and they are mostly terrifying and sad, but I liked ´Le Miroir Magique´.
 

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Dr. SEUSS. But my Favorite was a Childrens Bible at the Doctor's office, I would stay in a Play area and look through it until it was time to go. Interestingly, I LOVED Noahs Ark the Best, LOL.
 

Lanolin

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The very first book I remember reading was The Very Hungry Caterpillar at kindy. I love the holes in the page, all the food, and the ending.