favourite childhood books?

Continuing along with the favourites series, since I’m preposting this on Friday 24 August …

[note: we’re home. We got home mid-afternoon on Sunday. Laundry is done. Emails are downloaded, the total count is scary (not to mention the rss feeds). Pictures are being reorganized and sorted. The semester starts Tuesday (of which I have mixed feelings). Yamin Noraim (Days of Awe; High Holy Days; Rosh Hashannah & Yom Kippur etc) are around the corner… I’ll try to post coherently the next couple of weeks but please, don’t hold your breath.]

What are your favourite childhood books?

In alphabetical (by author) order, my top five are:

  1. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  2. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card*
  3. Go Dog Go! by P. D. Eastman
  4. Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  5. Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

* technically I read this in college, but I **WISH** I had read it earlier.

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5 Replies to “favourite childhood books?”

  1. Did you know that Laura daughter Rose’s life was written into children’s books as well? Authored by her honorary grandson, um, um, Roger MacBride. I liked those more than the “previous generation” series-es which were loosely based on older family papers, but more historical fiction; Laura’s mom, gransmother, maybe a 3rd generation back.

    Tzvi and I tore through the 8 Rose books, enjoying every one when he was probably about 8.

  2. I would also add The Lord of the Rings series, though technically I read them in college.

    Have you read The Blue Castle, by L M Montgomery? It is one of my favorite that she wrote. Well, I like everything that she has written, but The Blue Castle is often overlooked, so I thought I would mention it.

  3. One of my favorites was the English-translation of Erich Kaestner’s “Lisa and Lotte.” It was the inspiration for Disney’s “The Parent Trap.” I found a random copy in my elementary school library in the second grade. I can’t find a copy of my own as of yet.
    I too was a fan of The Secret Garden, Anne of Green Gables, and I wore out my Laura Ingalls Wilder books. I also loved Roald Dahl’s Matilda.Oh, and anything by Beverly Cleary and later Judy Blume. Sigh. I love books.

  4. I loved my Nancy Drew books, which scared me a little bit, and later, Stephen King, which scared me a lotta bit. I also loved the Earth’s Children series (Clan of the Cave Bear, etc.), and Judy Blume (I’m *old*).

  5. Oh, forgot to mention Dare Wright’s Edith The Doll series. What a depressing set of stories! Beautiful photography, though.

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