Tell Me Something: Favorite Books

7 Jan

When the book fair rolled its steel shelves into Hamilton Elementary School, I steered clear of words. Instead, my eyes darted towards the books with drawings, stickers, and photos of my favorite wrestlers. To no avail my mother urged me towards the chapter books to follow my peers by jumping off the bridge of illiteracy.

Thankfully when the school librarian permitted me to come back inside after my constant ‘time-out’s for chattering during storytime, I was able to slurp up some literature. Though most were commercial picture books such as Danger Mouse or easy readers like Roger Hargreave’s Mr. Men series and Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter books. The only non-picture book I recall reading was Roald Dahl’s The Twits. My knowledge of the classics is due mainly to their motion picture adaptians such as Charlotte’s Web, or Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

I suppose I’ve never stopped reading picture books, but even in that genre my archives are scarce. As I’m currently penning picture books while eyeing an eventual switch to middle-grade fiction the time has come absorb a lifetime of children’s books. And I need your help!

While Barnes and Nobles and Amazon are quick to tell me what should be on every reader’s shelf, I’d rather look to those around me who share similar surroundings, pasts, and pleasures. Please comment below with your favorite children’s picture or chapter books from when you were a mere youngster, a childish adult, or a concerned parent.

I appreciate your generosity and look forward to your contributions!

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10 Responses to “Tell Me Something: Favorite Books”

  1. Helen January 7, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    Jennie Baker: ‘Where the forest meets the sea’ and ‘window’ just because their style was so special at the time.
    Where the wild things are
    Dr Sues
    Bernstein Bears
    grug (Oh man I once dressed up as grug for a school book day!)

    The first chapter book I ever read was also Roald Dahl: ‘George’s marvelous medicine’, and from then on I devoured Roald Dahl books including ‘My uncle oswald’ much to the horror of my mother.

  2. Cristina January 7, 2011 at 10:38 am #

    I don’t really remember any picture books from when I was a kid. I doubt my parents ever got me any… I remember lots of Where is Waldo? books though…

  3. Jacquelin January 7, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    Where the Wild Things Are
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    The Bernstein Bears
    The Boxcar Children
    Fear Street Series by R.L. Stine

    I feel like I gobbled up a lot more than just these books/series… If I think of anything else, I’ll be sure to let you know.

  4. Lisa January 7, 2011 at 11:24 am #

    As a child my favorites were:
    “Chicken Soup with Rice” by Maurice Sendak
    “The Lorax” by Dr. Suess
    and
    “But No Elephants” by Jerry Smath
    but….
    as an adult and elementary educator,
    I have grown to favor
    “Don’t let the pidgeon drive the bus” by Mo Willams
    and
    “Space Case” by Edward Marshall

  5. jaredmobarak January 7, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    like previous posters, both The Bernstein Bears & The Boxcar Children were read in subsequent stages of my youth. the Chronicles of Narnia was huge and i later discovered (in college no less) the glorious Phantom Tollbooth. and then there was anything by Chris Van Allsburg and The Eleventh Hour by Graeme Base, both awesome illustrators.

  6. Wyatt January 7, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

    Ah, this takes me back!

    In the picture book department, I remember loving:
    Make Way for Ducklings
    Curious George
    Corduroy
    Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
    and my all-time favorite: http://www.amazon.com/Little-Bears-Trousers-Hisseys-Friends/dp/0399233679/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1294386764&sr=1-1

    A little later on I became engrossed in:
    Swallows and Amazons series by Arthur Ransome
    Half Magic by Edward Eager
    Doctor Doolittle series by Hugh Lofting
    Wizard of Oz books by L Frank Baum
    Freddy the Pig series by Walter R. Brooks
    The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
    Redwall series by Brian Jacques
    The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
    The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

  7. anne January 7, 2011 at 7:09 pm #

    I loved anything by Dr. Seuss!

    “Tacky the Penguin.” My first grade teacher could do awesome voices and my class used to beg her to read it to us, repeatedly.

    “Sideways Stories From Wayside School”

    “Charlotte’s Web”

    Finally, “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” and “More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.” The stories truly are frightening and the artwork grotesque. They were the most challenged books of the 90’s. Probably not good for kids under 8, though I read it earlier and I turned out fine. Right? Right?

  8. Laura January 7, 2011 at 11:35 pm #

    The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle – Avi
    From the Mixed up files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler – E L Konigsburg
    Frog and Toad
    Snow Treasure – Marie McSwigan
    Number the Stars – Lois Lowry

  9. amanda January 8, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

    Lafcatio: the lion who shot back

    Stargirl

    Amelia bedelia

  10. Michael January 11, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

    I read The Boxcar Children religiously during elementary school, and bought a new TBC book each month from the Scholastic book club.

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