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Favorite Children's Books

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  1. Jason73

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    Today I read to my class one of my favorite books from my childhood, The Pumpkin Smasher. It was the actual copy that I had as a child, all tattered and held together with tape. It got me feeling nostalgic and thinking of some of my other favorite childhood books.

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    What books do you remember loving as a child?
     
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    For me, it was usually fantasy or ghost stuff..... ;)
     
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    "Elidor" & "The Ghost of Thomas Kempe" were two favourites that come to mind.
     
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    The_Great_Ghost_Rescue_(book_cover).jpg I loved this one too..... I remember it was very witty. o_O
     
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    Some of the first books I enjoyed reading were the Mr. Men series by Roger Hargreaves. Possibly I discovered them from the charming TV adaptions narrated by Arthur Lowe. The first one I remember reading was Mr. Happy:

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    Ladybird Books currently have nostalgic reissues of some of their classic titles out. I saw this one in a shop last week and remembered reading it as a youngster:

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    When I was a little older I adored C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia, and there were a number of years where I would read all seven books during December (they feel quite Christmassy to me).


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    My favourite was The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

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    It was the one I discovered first, some years before I knew there were other books. It also happens to be the first of the books Lewis wrote for the series (even though chronologically it's the second).


    I read a lot of mystery stuff too.
     
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    That's such a beautiful story, Jason. I'm sure it was a hit with the class too.

    All three of the books you posted are so beautifully illustrated.

    Ooh - I missed out on those, Kev. Though I do remember lots of my friends reading The Owl Service, so it's highly likely I read that one too. As I recall there was also a TV series based on the book.
     
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    I have such a crap memory when it comes to books, but I do remember really getting involved with the Famous Five books


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    Bloody hell, that's a blast from the past. I remember having this and reading it many times.
     
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    my all time fav book is

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    and loved nancy Drew

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    when i was younger i loved this collection of lady bird books

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    For me it was the Mister Men books - like @Mel O'Drama, I also remember the accompanying tv series on Saturday mornings.

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    I have it on DVD and audiobook. Still love it!!



    I still have the books round the place, too.


    As I'm suffering with a mild dose of man flu today, I think a long bath followed by a Mr. Men or two might be just what the doctor ordered. If you'll pardon the expression.
     
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    I am the same. I end up buying books I have already read. I don't know why but I seem to have blocked out most of my childhood.....:floor:

    I do remember how much I loved Charlotte's Web!

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    I think Mr Grumpy kicked the ass of both Mr Happy and Mr Tickle. At least he had some perspective on life instead of going round grinning like an idiot or tickling people all day long.
     
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    a few more favs - I loved reading when i was younger and devoured books, now i struggle to get into one! I loved books which were made into serials by the BBC etc or into films

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    First and foremost, I was an Astrid girl

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    I loved Alfons Åberg books as well

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    Children of my generation were recently SHOCKED to re-discover that Alfons' father was only 36 years old. :confuse::lmao:

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    The Pettson & Findus books -- half the fun was looking at the pictures, and spotting the small creatures to see what they were doing in the background.


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    I was a member of a Disney club, where I recieved a book every month.

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    The Ture Sventon books
    A Sherlock Holmes kind of character who loves disguises and has an arch-enemy in Ville Vessla. And Ture's got a flying carpet.

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    The Sune books

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    Plus Enid Blython's Five-books.
     
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    Do you read much fantasy now, as an adult?

    I enjoyed that series too. We have them in our school library and they seem to circulate quite a bit still.

    I loved that one too. I read it most every spring to my class.

    I belonged to that club too. I loved book clubs as a kid. It was so exciting to get that box in the mail.
     
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    Not my favourite book, in fact quite the opposite, but I remember when I was in infant school, teachers reading the class a story at the end of the day and on several occasions we would be read this one: :eck:

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    The first time I was read the story I would have been 5 and remember being horrified by the book and having to endure being called "Sambo" by other children in the class for several weeks afterwards. Thankfully, we now live in more enlightened times.
     
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    Gee whiz. How times have changed!! Thankfully.


    Your story has reminded me of my own teachers reading at the end of a school day. One I can remember my teacher reading in a very dramatic voice was The Iron Man by Ted Hughes

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    Between my teacher's acting prowess and the words and images in the book I remember finding it incredibly unsettling. For the time that book was being read (a week or so, I suppose), I used to dread reading time.

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    Aw, that's awful! It makes you really appreciate how far we've come. There is a lot of (positive) diversity in children's lit. these days.


    Reading the plot synopsis, I can see why it would be unsettling for a child! I can't recall ever feeling that way about a book that was read to me by a teacher. I do remember being totally embarrassed in fifth grade because I cried in class while my teacher was reading Where the Red Fern Grows.

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    Two books that really captivated me in upper elementary school that teachers read aloud were Island of the Blue Dolphins and A Wrinkle in Time. I've read both of them multiple times as an adult and still find them very enjoyable.

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    My Dad used to read us bedtime stories and these are the ones I recall the most….

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    I loved Paddington Bear and used to feel sorry for him. Mr Pink-Whistle used to make us all laugh with his adventures :)




    More recently these became favourites with my own family….

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    The Jolly Postman is a lovely book and interactive too as it contains real letters and cards, so children can participate with the story before they are able to read.
     
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