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« Reply #15: June 09, 2011, 11:36:34 pm »

So, do you guys have any much beloved children's stories to share?
My absolute favorite as a little girl was The Velveteen Rabbit by Marjorie Williams.

I also loved The Secret Garden, Chronicles of Narnia and A Wrinkle in Time but they've already been mentioned.

Favorite children's stories I've discovered as an adult would be Harry Potter, and Phillip Pullman's Golden Compass (the trilogy gets progressively worse from there, IMO - The Subtle Knife wasn't bad, Amber Spyglass was unreadable.)
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« Reply #16: June 09, 2011, 11:57:07 pm »

My absolute favorite as a little girl was The Velveteen Rabbit by Marjorie Williams.

I also loved The Secret Garden, Chronicles of Narnia and A Wrinkle in Time but they've already been mentioned.

Favorite children's stories I've discovered as an adult would be Harry Potter, and Phillip Pullman's Golden Compass (the trilogy gets progressively worse from there, IMO - The Subtle Knife wasn't bad, Amber Spyglass was unreadable.)

I want to read that series of books, I saw the Golden Compass movie and thought it was pretty cool, but I have yet to get the books.
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« Reply #17: June 15, 2011, 02:47:48 pm »


That was one of my favourites too, along with The Witch of Blackbird Pond, and The Secret Garden.

Duuude!  I'd totally forgotten about Witch of Blackbird Pond!  I loved that book. Cool

I liked Boxcar Children and the American Girl books, too (I think the most recent ones I read were the Addy series), as well as Anne of Green Gables and Little House.  And I loved this one series of children's encyclopedia's...I can't remember what they were called, I just remember that there was a tiny little boy with a black bowl hair cut and green and white outfit who would hold up a magnifying glass on some of the illustrations, or would tell you little factoids related to that page.
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« Reply #18: June 15, 2011, 03:37:11 pm »

Duuude!  I'd totally forgotten about Witch of Blackbird Pond!  I loved that book. Cool

I liked Boxcar Children and the American Girl books, too (I think the most recent ones I read were the Addy series), as well as Anne of Green Gables and Little House.  And I loved this one series of children's encyclopedia's...I can't remember what they were called, I just remember that there was a tiny little boy with a black bowl hair cut and green and white outfit who would hold up a magnifying glass on some of the illustrations, or would tell you little factoids related to that page.

I totally forgot about the American Girl books!  I read all of them, and owned most.  Felicity was my favourite.

I was also really into The Baby-Sitter's Club books as well.
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« Reply #19: June 15, 2011, 03:49:22 pm »

So, do you guys have any much beloved children's stories to share?

For younger kids, I really like Zen Shorts and Zen Ghost (Zen Ties and The Three Questions are, IMHO, not quite as good). Right now my (precocious) five-year-old is obsessed with the Magic Tree House books.

For tweens/teens, I think that Owl in Love deserves a shout-out. When I was about 10 I was obsessed with the Harper Hall of Pern trilogy (though now I re-read them and wonder what the hell I was thinking, but they still keep a special place in my heart).
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« Reply #20: June 15, 2011, 03:58:17 pm »

I was also really into The Baby-Sitter's Club books as well.

... How could I forget about The Babysitter's Club, The Boxcar Children, Sweet Valley High, and Goosebumps? Shocked

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« Reply #21: June 15, 2011, 04:27:10 pm »

... How could I forget about The Babysitter's Club, The Boxcar Children, Sweet Valley High, and Goosebumps? Shocked

::hangs head in shame::

How could I forget Sweet Valley HighHuh?  Not to mention Nancy Drew

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« Reply #22: June 15, 2011, 05:01:12 pm »

How could I forget Sweet Valley HighHuh?  Not to mention Nancy Drew

::Also hangs head in shame::
I was one of those kids who desperately wanted to be horsey, so I plowed through everything that Marguerite Henry wrote. King of the Wind is still one of my all time favorite children's books. Then I went through The Black Stallion series by Walter Farley, and moved on to Jim Kjellgard's Big Red series of dog books.

I also loved Heidi by Johanna Spyri, and a lot of Louisa May Alcott's books - Little Women, Little Men, Jo's Boys, Eight Cousins, Rose in Bloom. I didn't read Anne of Green Gables until college.

I also got my hands on every collection of fairy tales and mythology I could find. My favorite was a collection of Norse fairy tales called East of the Sun and West of the Moon. I loaned it to someone and never got it back and I could just kick myself.

In between those, I read my dad's collection of Louis L'Amour novels.
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Bunnicula!  I can't believe I forgot Bunnicula!

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« Reply #24: June 16, 2011, 11:03:01 am »



The Story of Ferdinand, by Munro Leaf.

"And for all I know he is sitting there still, under his favorite cork tree, smelling the flowers just quietly. He is very happy."

I still can't read that without tearing up. It's not sad at all--it's beautiful in its simplicity, IMO. "To thine own self be true" for children (and children who've grown up but not old).
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« Reply #25: June 16, 2011, 02:19:00 pm »

... How could I forget about The Babysitter's Club, The Boxcar Children, Sweet Valley High, and Goosebumps? Shocked

::hangs head in shame::

Oooooh, I'd forgotten Babysitter's Club and Sweet Valley High.  And I can't believe I forgot Goosebumps!

Oh, and Star Trek novels.  I remember some of the first books I bought with my own money were Star Trek novels from Pamida.  The cover of Memory Prime stuck in my head for years because it was gone by the time I had the money for it... ah, childhood books. Cheesy
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« Reply #26: June 16, 2011, 04:51:54 pm »

So, do you guys have any much beloved children's stories to share?

I re-read Nancy Drew every time I go to my parent's house and can access my collection again. Also Boxcar Children and Bobbsey Twins.  I adored Runaway Marie Louise as really young child.
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« Reply #27: June 27, 2011, 01:56:11 pm »

The Chronicles of Narnia.
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