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Mystic
Oct 6th, 2004, 12:17 PM
At uni, I am learning about children's literature in my language and literacy class. I am just curious of what books you all liked as children.

When I was very young, I enjoyed the Mr Men books and Little Golden Books. I particularly liked Mr Jelly from the Mr Men series, and Scuffy the Tugboat from the Golden Book range.

I then loved Judy Blume titles when I was pre-adolescent. Just As Long As We're Together was my favourite.

Ruby Soho
Oct 6th, 2004, 12:40 PM
Childhood favourite author that has stayed with me into adulthood is Roald Dahl, with The B.F.G (Big Friendly Giant) being my absolute childhood favourite book, closely followed by George's Marvellous Medicine and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

uww27225
Oct 6th, 2004, 03:04 PM
I still love reading Roald Dahl books. I don't know how many times I've read Matilda. I went through a phase as a pre-adolescent where I read a lot of "horror" books targeting that audience. I read a lot of R.L. Stine books. I think The Baby-sitter was my favorite. I did read the entire Sweet Valley High series as well. Kind of an odd combination. Another favorite of mine were the Sideways Stories from Wayside School series.

When I was really little my favorite books were 'No, No Natalie' and 'Couroroy'. I think I would ask to be read 'Cloudy with a chance of meatballs' almost daily. Ok, so it's not vegan :) but it was darn funny when I was little. I remember cracking up to that book. I also had a lot of the Sesame Street books. 'The Monster at The End of This Book: Starring Lovable, Furry Old Grover' was my favorite of those. Then again, I am partial to Grover! :p

ConsciousCuisine
Oct 6th, 2004, 04:15 PM
When I was very young and quite small, I loved Richard Scary's Books with Lowly The Worm and other such characters. All of the "people" were animals- plumbers, teachers, cooks, doctors...I loved the illustrations and how each character had a distinct personality which came through in how they were drawn...

When I was older (5-9) I loved Charlotte's Web and then any book by Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume.

wuggy
Oct 6th, 2004, 05:09 PM
'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe' - I still love it, though the (human) characters need modernising to appeal more to kids today.
I still love Mr. Men and Beatrix Potter books, which I read to my son until he got taken over by Robots, Aliens, etc.

ConsciousCuisine
Oct 6th, 2004, 05:17 PM
OH! BEatrix Potter! How could I forget Amanda Puddle Duck and Peter Rabbit! Peter was my favorite. I understood why he had to get at those cabbages and carrots... :)

wuggy
Oct 6th, 2004, 05:21 PM
Jemima Puddle Duck!

ConsciousCuisine
Oct 6th, 2004, 05:24 PM
I knew I wasn't quite right with that !(I haven't read them in 8 years, since my girl was too young to read) I remember her bonnet quite clearly though :)

Was there even an "Amanda" ???
Anyway, I remember the books with fondness. They were so little and quaint and just the right size for small hands. I would stare at them for what seemed like hours!

wuggy
Oct 6th, 2004, 05:28 PM
Yes, the illustrations are lovely.

snivelingchild
Oct 6th, 2004, 08:28 PM
Le Petit Prince! I had one copy in french and one in english.
I also love Clovis Crawfish books, which were written by a local in southern Louisiana. I have signed copies.
The Rainbow Fish is a classic!

Gorilla
Oct 6th, 2004, 11:17 PM
i absolutely loved books as a child (i still do). i used to like some fairly obscure books as a young kid, don't know if many other people will know them - one series was called the Garden Gang. they were all stories about vegetables who had their own characters - i think there was one called Percival Pea but i can't remember any of the others.

another series i used to love were called the Ink Spots or Ink Blobs or something - they were blobs of colour with their own individual stories. there was Primrose Yellow, Fizzy Orange, Inky Black (who was a witch), Royal Blue (who was a prince or king) and loads more that slip my mind right now!

as well as those some more popular ones i liked were Roald Dahl, Matilda was my favourite i think, i also liked the Chronicles of Narnia, Mr Men and Richard Scarry as have already been mentioned.

i too had a Judy Blume phase as i got older, and Paula Danziger. The Cat Ate My Gymsuit stayed with me for a long time, as did Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.

i only read them recently, but the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman is a great set of books. i found them really interesting, as many adults apparently did. i'm not a fan of the Harry Potter books though but i know a lot of adults enjoy them too.

ktk
Oct 7th, 2004, 01:39 AM
when i was little my favourite book was Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.
i loved that book.
although i can't remember any of the titles offhand, the books by Richard Scarry were great as well.

mysh
Oct 7th, 2004, 02:40 AM
As a wee un, I loved Richard Scarry.

Later, I really enjoyed Roald Dahl, with my favourite probably being "James and the Giant Peach".

I also have fond memories of being read Ursula K. LeGuin's "A Wizard of Earthsea" by the teacher when I was 10 and 11. (LeGuin is currently my favourite author.)

But what I read most often in my childhood (about 15 times between ages 10-15), were all of the Paddington Bear books (all 13 of them), by Michael Bond. I would read them every time I stayed home sick. Just thinking of them gives me a very warm and fuzzy feeling...

Mystic
Oct 7th, 2004, 04:14 AM
when i was little my favourite book was Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.
i loved that book.
although i can't remember any of the titles offhand, the books by Richard Scarry were great as well.

That's really funny coz my lecturer specifically referred to that book! She said it was 'contraversial' because it was about a naughty little boy who sorted out his own anger with no adult intervention.

And he got his supper in the end without apologising!

Roxy
Oct 7th, 2004, 05:42 AM
Up until I was about 10 I used to love to read Enid Blyton books. "The Folk of the Faraway Tree" and "The Wishing Chair" were my absolute favourites and I read them over and over again!

cedarblue
Oct 8th, 2004, 06:03 PM
my faves were:

mrs pepperpot stories
narnia chronicles
the 'tufty club' road safety magazines
charlie & the chocolate factory
the hobbit
rupert bear annuals



ive taken to reading childrens fiction again now (must be an age thang!)
and have read recently:

goodnight mr tom
carries war
harry potter (of course)
matilda
mary poppins (!)
little house on the prairie stories

ConsciousCuisine
Oct 8th, 2004, 08:45 PM
That's really funny coz my lecturer specifically referred to that book! She said it was 'contraversial' because it was about a naughty little boy who sorted out his own anger with no adult intervention.

And he got his supper in the end without apologising!

I also studied Child Development (I was an Early Childhood Educator in my "parevious" Vocation) and we discussed this book and the issues surrounding it in several ECE classes.

My take on it is that it is a great example of a child's working through his emotions in a productive way that harms no one. (Fantasy)

As far as not "apologising" is concerned, it is my belief that a pat "I'm sorry" from a resentful child (being forced to "Shake hands and make up" etc.) does more harm than good. A person is best served when an apology is genuine and being forced to make one when one is still angry/sad/feels wronged is deceitful and creates more negative feelings resentment/denial of true emotion -and- it does nothing to "salve" the feelings of the one recieving said (false and given under duress) apology.

I do however, think that is is a violation of parental boundaries/consistency to impose a discipline and then waffle, unless there is a discussion surrounding it and the parent rescinds the discipline because another agreement has been reached or the adult realizes the original decision was unjust or inappropriate, at which time a discussion of that should be had with the child.

;)

Northern Lights
Oct 8th, 2004, 08:59 PM
Comfort books-
Chronicles of Narnia
Anne of Green Gables series (I'm Canadian- what can I say?)
Books by Enid Blyton as well

All time favorites, however, has to be the Dragonsong, Dragonsinger and Dragondrums by Anne McCaffrey. These are the children stories that accompany the adult series of Dragon riders of Pern. I've read them to pieces, and now my son is as well.

I read EVERYTHING I got my hands on.

In fact, there's a book I read when I was 11. We were traveling across Europe and I had it along and now I can't remember it's name and I really want to reread it! It was about a boy who turned into a cat and the book was about his 'adventures' as he dealt with the society of cats in general. Turns out the boy was actually in a coma and dreaming, but it was very real. Anyone heard of this book? Or was I dreaming it up?

gertvegan
Oct 8th, 2004, 09:51 PM
"Chicken Licken", the story of the silly chicken who thinks the sky is falling on his head, and anything with "Thomas the Tank Engine".

cedarblue
Oct 8th, 2004, 10:00 PM
"Chicken Licken", the story of the silly chicken who thinks the sky is falling on his head, and anything with Thomas the Tank Engine.




you big kid you ;)

Seaside
Jun 25th, 2005, 05:35 AM
Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum. There were four of my dad's Oz books on our bookshelves, and I was fascinated by the illustrations long before I could read. They were read to me at bedtime by my aunt whenever she visited. I acquired all fourteen as I grew up. They are full of talking animals who are considered the equals of the human characters, and also full of magic "people" like The Scarecrow, the Patchwork Girl, the Tin Woodman, Jack Pumpkinhead, etc. The ordinary humans like Dorothy were called "meat" people, which I thought funny.

They were banned when first published from public libraries for being socialistic.

I also loved the Beatrix Potter books, the Raggedy Ann and Andy books, the Anne of Green Gables series, Grimm's Fairy Tales, Hans Christian Anderson, Aesop's fables, Greek mythology, Nancy Drew mysteries, and Dr. Seuss. :)

cedarblue
Jun 25th, 2005, 08:54 AM
my faves were:

mrs pepperpot stories
narnia chronicles
the 'tufty club' road safety magazines
charlie & the chocolate factory
the hobbit
rupert bear annuals



ive taken to reading childrens fiction again now (must be an age thang!)
and have read recently:

goodnight mr tom
carries war
harry potter (of course)
matilda
mary poppins (!)
little house on the prairie stories







i forgot to mention 'the secret garden'

Seaside
Jun 25th, 2005, 09:03 AM
Yeah! The Secret Garden and A Little Princess. :)

littleTigercub
Jun 25th, 2005, 01:13 PM
I devoured everything by Enid Blyton, especially the criminal stories.

littleTigercub

Franny
Jun 25th, 2005, 07:21 PM
Here's what came to mind first. There are so many that I can't list all. Also, I went with young reading.

Richard Scarry
Babar the Elephant
Paddington Bear
Curious George
Corduroy
The Hundred Dresses
Pierre Bear
Stuart Little
Rupert. This was a book that my parent's friends in England sent to us. It was a weird book, but a huge favorite. We still have it.

After typing this I just realized that it's no wonder I became vegan. Most of the main characters are animals
My dad saved most of our children's books. We bring them out every so often. Wonderful memories.