Your Favorite Childhood Book

What was your favorite book as a kid? Recount the way it made you feel when you read it.

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3 thoughts on “Your Favorite Childhood Book

  1. Jeuron Dove

    As a child, I always loved the “Encyclopedia Brown” series of mystery books. The books were so unique to me because they gave the reader (unlike the “Boxcar Children” series) a chance to actually solve the case for themselves. Of course, I rarely solved any, but I just enjoyed the mystery, suspense, and complexity that went into those stories.
    I remember going to the library one summer and checking out about 10 copies of various E.B. titles. I felt like a kid in a candy store or a kid on Christmas morning with a tree full of presents.
    Now that I think about it, I can trace my passion for “crime and mystery” back to these books. I spend most of my free time watching television shows such as “Forensic Files” and “48 Hours”. I may work in law enforcement or the court system one day. And when that day comes, I will have a delightful series of books by author Donald J. Sobol to thank for that.

  2. Sapna

    I cannot pinpoint any one book so I’m going to give many- I’m still hooked to them even though I’m 21! I was first introduced to all the Disney characters, Grimm’s Fairy Tales and Aesop’s Fables as a toddler of 3.
    I love all Enid Blyton books ranging from her short stories and characters like Noddy and Brer Rabbit to series such as the Five Find-Outers, Famous Five, St.Clare’s and Malory Towers, The Adventure Series and many more- so much so that I wished that I went to a boarding school and my group could solve mysteries like Fatty and Bets (I’ve always wondered whether these two get married when they grow up; wish there was a sequel.) In addition to Barbie dolls, I grew up with girl detective Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys and ‘Anne of Green Gables’ by L.M. Montgomery. The ‘River Heights’ series under the same pseudonym Carolyn Keene are also delicious. Other high school dramas include the Love Stories series and Sweet Valley High. Heidi gripped me and so did its two sequels. Classics like Black Beauty, David Copperfield, The Secret Garden, Jane Eyre, Little Women, Tom Swayer, The Three Muskeeteers, Peter Pan, Robin Hood and all Jane Austen novels have made a permanent impression. I also read Indian authors like R.K. Narayan (Malgudi Days and many more), Ruskin Bond, ‘The Jungle Book’ by Rudyard Kipling; and also the Indian comics, Tinkle and Amar Chitra Katha (tales of Indian history and mythology in the graphic form). And the king of all childrens’ books -you may disagree – Harry Potter. But I want to put it on record that I hate Twilight and Bella Swan.
    Sorry Brian, I didn’t give an exact reply to your question but I couldn’t help listing all my favourite childhood books and authors, you set me on a roll. The list is not exhaustive. When I read these books, some sent a shiver down my spine as I battled against Voldemort in a dark graveyard with Harry or traversed the moors of Cornwall; others were just too hilarious- like the pranks played in Malory towers or Five Find-Outers; some sent me back in history; some assisted me in being a restless and trying kid who always jumped about. All of them helped me grow from a girl to a teen to a woman; and today I am all three.

  3. RCorscadden

    As a child, I loved to read and reread “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf. I could not get enough of both the story and the pictures, but most of all I could not wait to LISTEN to the book being read…not by my mom or dad, but a man – Robert Lawson – who had the timing, inflection and tone of the story perfected. I would sit on the floor in my bedroom with my portable record player and listen to it over and over and over. The pictures in the book came alive to me as I listened intently to each word he spoke…waiting for my favorite part. I even recall holding my breath in anticipation as I waited to hear the narrator say, “But not Ferdinand–he still liked to sit just quietly under the cork tree and smell the flowers.” Then he would make a long, luxurious sniffing sound and sigh – and I would do it right along with him. The contentment and peace that Ferdinand surely felt was mine, too.
    I have daughters of my own now, and not too long ago I purchased the story book and cassette tape. I was giddy with delight as we sat down to listen, and as soon as the narrator began to speak, I was instantly transported back to my bedroom as a little girl listening to the story. With my girls by my side, I held my breath…sat just quietly and smelled the flowers with Ferdinand.


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