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YOY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 09:46 AM
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Favorite Children's Book
Edited on Thu Mar-01-07 09:46 AM by YOY
Read as a kid or read to a kid.

Mine:

"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl

http://www.amazon.com/Charlie-Chocolate-Factory-Roald-D...

"Chalie and the Great Glass Elevator" by Rhald Dahl

http://www.amazon.com/Charlie-Great-Elevator-Puffin-Nov...

"One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" by Doctor Seuss

http://www.amazon.com/One-Fish-Two-Red-Blue/dp/00071736...

"Goggles" by Ezra Jack Keats

http://www.amazon.com/Goggles-Picture-Puffin-Ezra-Keats...

My 7 month old: "Moo, Baa, La La La" by Sanda Boynton

http://www.amazon.com/Moo-Baa-Boynton-Sandra/dp/0689861...

What's yours? (Awaiting obligatory "The Pet Goat" Joke)
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agates Donating Member (743 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 09:50 AM
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1. The Giving Tree
And anything by Dr. Seuss.
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Yupster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 11:50 PM
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77. The Giving Tree
Just can't get any better than that.

Other favorites are "Horton Hears a Who" for it's tremendous message. "A person's a person no matter how small." I've used it to teach Sunday School classes up to high school.

Anything by Shel Silverstein. "The Missing Piece" is a wonderful short story. "The Light In The Attic" if you like poetry better.
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Buzz Clik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 09:53 AM
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2. "Love You Forever" by Robert Munsch
I also like "Goodnight Moon" and "Harold and the Purple Crayon".
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-17-07 08:18 PM
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26. I sang the song as a lullaby to my grandson
from the time he was born. As a toddler, he would request it when he was getting cranky, or when I was tucking him in. Now at the advanced age of 7, he still asks me to sing it to him sometimes, and he sings it to me.

I love you forever
I'll like you for always
As long as I'm living
My grandboy/grandma you'll be
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smoogatz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-16-07 05:51 PM
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71. Gah! Really?
I think it's profoundly creepy, if we're talking about the same book.
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SheilaT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 10:00 AM
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3. I have too many
favorites to list them all. But once I had kids I really got into children's books, and there are so many that I enjoyed reading to them. "The Velveteen Rabbit" stands out.

"Roxaboxen" by Alice McKerrin and illustrated by Barbara Cooney stands out as an exceptional one also.

Another one, the name of which escapes me, about trolls who drank the colors from rainbows.

Anything by William Steig. Sandra Boynton is also wonderful. Bill Peet is another incredibly good author. About half of his works are in rhyme and every one is very good.

Also, Virginia Lee Burton's three books, "The Little House", Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel" and "Katy and the Big Snow" are so good we actually wore out paperback copies and I bought them in hardcover, and darn near wore them out too. And I only had two kids to read to.!
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chefgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 10:01 AM
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4. Oh, good question
When my son was just a little tyke, he had a few favorites, and they, in turn became mine.

The Runaway Bunny
Love You Forever
Sweetie and Petie
Junior Kroll

I have, in fact, saved them all, plus a few more, to give to him when he has his first child.
They're all pretty much targeted at the pre-school crowd, as he started reading at age 3 1/2.
Once he began school, though, he really became an avid reader on his own, and has had far too many favorites, over the years, to name.

My own favorites, as a child, were the Encyclopedia Brown books. I always wished I could think like him!

-chef-
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n2doc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 10:11 AM
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5. Frog and Toad Series by Arnold Lobel
Harry, The Dirty Dog (all three in the series) by Gene Zion

The origonal Pooh books and poems by A.A. Milne (NOT the bastardized Disney versions!)

Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday by Judith Vorst

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YOY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 10:15 AM
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6. Thank you for the A. A. Milne comment
Edited on Thu Mar-01-07 10:16 AM by YOY
I loathe the 'Disnified' Pooh as well! The originals were/are wonderful and the artwork precious.
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n2doc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 10:23 AM
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10. Yep. There is a subtle humor in the originals that is sorely lacking in the "modern" versions
Anybody raising a young child will see a lot of familiar and heart warming things in the stories....
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KiraBS Donating Member (195 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-24-07 06:12 PM
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29. The House At Pooh Corner was my favourite...
I loved Tiger, way before the Disney version. I had also had a brilliant recording of
The Blustery Day on cassette.
They are some very, very good CD's of Pooh Bear stories with readers like Judi Dench, Jane Horracks and
other big British actors, they are so much better than the Disney Winnie The Pooh.
I gave my cousin's little girl a Pooh Bear CD and they all love it.
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DixieBlue Donating Member (504 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-05-07 09:29 AM
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45. My daughter loves Frog and Toad.
We've been reading them to her since she was tiny and she can recite most of the stories verbatim ... so now she "reads" them to us.
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samplegirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 10:16 AM
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7. My two favorites
Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman which I would tell my mother to read it again and again and again!

Ping by Majorie Flack, and Kurt Weise.

I own both and hope to one day read them to a grandchild.
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smoogatz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-16-07 05:52 PM
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72. Little Black Sambo?
Isn't it kind of, um, racist?
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yellowdogintexas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 09:03 AM
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74. yeah, it is from our point of view. However, Sambo is rather a heroic
character and the whole bit with the tigers tearing around in a circle turning themselves into melted butter is a hoot. See Sambo and his mother are the only humans in the story...a subtle name change and this book would be very popular again.

Like, Sambo and the Tigers..... I read that a thousand times too
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Hekate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-29-08 02:44 AM
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83. Little Black Sambo was reissued as Little Baba-Ji after a generation in exile...
When I read that it had been re-illustrated and the names changed to reflect the fact that (a) tigers are Indian and (b) Helen Bannerman spent years and years in India, I could hardly wait to track it down and buy it.

My siblings and I adored that book when we were little, and so many phrases entered our family lore -- "I feel like the grandest tiger in the jungle" being just one. The little boy's shoes -- "beautiful purple shoes with crimson soles and crimson linings" -- were a picture of exotic gorgeousness completely unknown to post-WW II San Fernando Valley.

I understand why it fell into disfavor as our sensibilities changed -- Little Black Sambo with his parents Black Mumbo and Black Jumbo, oh dear. But still it was a loss in terms of a story well told in lush language. My own children never got to hear it, because it simply was off the shelves.

Now it is back, and the family consists of Little Baba-ji, Mama-ji, and Papa-ji, and the locale is India. Good illustrations. Wonderful story. Now that my grandson Orion is three, he and I enjoy it very much.

Hekate

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cmd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 10:17 AM
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8. So many it's hard to pick
All Anansi the spider stories
Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss
Ox-cart Man
Blueberries for Sal
Make Way for Ducklings
Peter Rabbit



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YOY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 10:21 AM
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9. Blueberies for Sal! I almost forgot about that book!
Gotta get it fo my daughter! I loved that as a kid! I still remember the artwork!


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LisaM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-12-07 02:10 PM
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18. It has a sequel. And the same author wrote
Make Way for Ducklings.
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FuzzyDicePHL Donating Member (698 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 11:14 AM
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11. Pretty much anything by Robert Sabuda
Edited on Thu Mar-01-07 11:15 AM by FuzzyDicePHL
I collect popup books, and his are exquisite.

Also loved Fox In Socks, Freaky Friday, Stuart Little, The Missing Persons League, How To Eat Like a Child, and The Headless Cupid.

Edit: Oh yeah, and "Outside Over There."
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YankeyMCC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 06:48 PM
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12. "The Rainbow Fish" and "Guess How Much I Love You"
Hold a special place in my memory for books I read to my son.

"One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" was pretty special too.

From my own childhood and that I have since given my son to read on his own now that he's older.

"21 Balloons" by William Pene du Bois
http://www.amazon.com/21-Balloons-Illustrated-Author/dp...

And "James and the Giant Peach" and of course "Old Yeller"

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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 11:53 AM
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13. We've been reading Tove Janssen's Moomintroll books at bedtime
They're wicked good! Very funny with great characters and weird plotlines. I usually don't like fantasy, but these are irresistable.

Start with Comet in Moominland, a strange but very witty allegory about nuclear war (I think).


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peacefreak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 07:45 PM
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14. Just a few...
Stellaluna--Janine Cannon
Miss Rumphius--Barbara Cooney
Beauty--Robin McKinley
Where the Wild Things Are--Maurice Sendak
Giver--Lois Lowry
and the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-17-07 08:15 PM
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25. Where the Wild Things Are, and Miss Rumphius!
How did I leave them off my list? I have "roared my terrible roar" many a time, and I've always really related to Miss Rumphius. I, too, hope to do something some day to make the world a more beautiful place.
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sueh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 11:42 PM
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15. "Little House" series my all time fav as a kid. Still like them.
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OnionPatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-14-07 08:07 AM
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53. Me too!
My sister and I LOVED those books when we were kids. We bought them all for my daughter. She isn't the least bit interested. :shrug: However, I'm really enjoying reading them all again. :)
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Crocodile Hunter Donating Member (74 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-04-07 08:06 AM
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16. Books I read
Books I read as a kid:

I read the Goosebumps and Spooksville series, and really enjoy them.

The Famous Five series by Enid Blyton. I loved them, and I read many of Enid Blyton's other books.

The Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis.

The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster.

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler - E. L. Konigsburg.

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle.
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MarianJack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-11-07 05:02 PM
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17. Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters.
Edited on Sun Mar-11-07 05:02 PM by MarianJack
It's an African Cinderella Tale.
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-17-07 08:13 PM
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24. A wonderful book, with beatiful, rich illustrations. n/t
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LisaM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-12-07 02:11 PM
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19. For what age group?
(Although even that might not help me narrow it to a favorite).
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YOY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-14-07 07:54 AM
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21. Any
Even children's books you might see an adult reading (e.g. Harry Potter.)
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spiderpig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-13-07 06:57 AM
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20. Mary Poppins
Often imitated (cough - Harry Potter - cough), nover duplicated.
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YOY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-14-07 07:55 AM
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22. I read Mary Poppins as a kid
I don't think Harry Potter a bad rip off or even closely related other than they were intended for young readers...granted Harrry has cought the attention of many adults as well.
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-17-07 08:12 PM
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23. Here are some of them:
"Love You Forever"
"My Side of the Mountain"
"I Wish That I Had Duck Feet"
"The Hobbit"
"Hank the Cowdog" (any one of them)
"Chasing Vermeer"
"Finding The Green Stone"
"Thundercake" and every other book written by Patricia Polacco
"The Monster At The End of The Book"
"Tacky The Penguin"
"The Wednesday Surprise" and many others written by Eve Bunting
"Surviving the Applewhites"
Most of Sharon Creech's books
"Ella Minnow Pea: A novel in letters"
Most of Gary Paulsen's work
"Inkheart"
"Gone Away Lake"
"Everybody Needs a Rock" and "Hawk, I'm Your Brother" by Byrd Baylor

And many, many more!


And so many more!
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RobertGregoryBrowne Donating Member (14 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-20-07 04:18 AM
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27. Where the Wild Things Are
by Maurice Sendak
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KiraBS Donating Member (195 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-24-07 06:04 PM
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28. As a child these were my favourites..
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Rabbits-Birthday-Rabbit-...

http://www.flowerfairies.com/home/index.cfm?cid=1

They are very English and girly but if I had a daughter I would give her these books to read and treasure.

I also loved Roald Dahl, CS Lewis, Enid Blyton, Lewis Carroll and adored a book called Jenny and the Cat
Club, I read it so many times... I loved Jenny Linksy....http://www.nybooks.com/shop/product?usca_p=t&product_id...

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Bluerthanblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 12:31 PM
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30. The "Catwings" books by Urusilla LeGuin-
They eclipsed my original favorite, "Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame.

If you haven't read Catwings, treat yourself-

Beautiful story(ies)

hope you enjoy
blu

and "Guess how much I love you"- as the favorite 'baby, toddler book'
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Bluerthanblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 12:35 PM
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31. oh shoot- also "Tigers in the Cellar"- a very little known book my
sons just loved to hear again and again.

How good it is to have a difficult time choosing a 'favorite'- we have some absolutely wonderful books available to take our minds all kinds of places.

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Bluerthanblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 07:44 PM
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34. link
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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 01:33 PM
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32. The first book I remember was "The Monster At The End Of The Book"
Which I must have read a thousand times before I was five.



I liked all the Richard Scarry books a lot too.

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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 04:40 PM
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33. Chronicles of Narnia
and a Wrinkle in Time.

When I was little, I loved Harold and the Purple Crayon.

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closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-18-11 12:00 PM
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102. Wrinkle in Time was one of my favorites as a child.
In the middle of watching the film.

Also, the Hobbit.
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-02-07 12:36 AM
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35. I like THE MUD PONY.
And the Greek myths work pretty well for young folks, same as they do for old folks.
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-02-07 12:39 AM
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36. The "Henry Reed" books
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Reed_%28fictional_ch...

There were a bunch of others... Star Trek novels, a book that I loved called "Our Man Weston", the Hardy Boys series, the Nancy Drew series, the Trixie Belden series, the Conrad Stargard series, Garfield books, Bloom County books, "The Mad Scientist's Club", "The Rolling Stones" by Robert Heinlein... there were a lot. I tended to re-read a lot, so I basically read the covers off of a lot of books.

Oh, dear. I looked up "Our Man Weston" and took the quiz. I got 80% and I haven't read it in 17 years or more!

http://www.funtrivia.com/trivia-quiz/ForChildren/Our-Ma...
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jeanarrett Donating Member (813 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 02:36 PM
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37. All the Boxcar Children books - the older ones.
Trixie Belden - read them all.
Muffy the Muskrat (don't know where I got this, but it's very old).
Little House on the Prairie series
House of Sixty Fathers
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn


I read voraciously as a kid, and there are so many I can't remember them all.
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DixieBlue Donating Member (504 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-05-07 09:31 AM
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46. I loved those books, too, as a kid.
My third grade teacher read them to us.
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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-04-07 07:34 PM
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38. Tikitikitembo nosarembo charybaryruchi pipperipembo
Eh, so it ain't politically correct.

:shrug:
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Greyskye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-10-07 07:35 PM
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49. My son can still roll that off his tongue
at the slightest provocation. And it's been at least 2-3 years since that was a regular in rotation at story time.
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-08-07 11:48 AM
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58. I loved that one too. I've mentioned it to several friends and no one else
remembered it- glad you did because I was starting to think that it came from some sort of fever dream!
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freesqueeze Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-21-07 08:26 PM
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39. Goodnight Moon
Can't believe it hasn't been mentioned. For little ones only but the words, then the pictures and then the movements of the mouse make it a book to grow on.

I also like THE THREE WISHES ... "What? how can I be a queen with a big sausage on my nose?"
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SCDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-26-07 09:16 PM
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61. Love that one - know it by heart from reading it to my son!
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BookSavoury Donating Member (14 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-03-11 01:23 PM
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89. The Runaway Bunny, too!
The colors in Goodnight Moon are exquisite.

I should also introduce myself. I work with RainDog and she convinced me to sign up here. I'm Jess.

So - Hello, DU!
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Zenlitened Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-26-07 09:54 AM
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40. "The Borrowers" by Mary Norton. I just adored Arietty Clock and all her adventures!
And Pod and Homily, and Spiller. I love those books, and love to give copies to to the little readers in my life. :loveya: :loveya: :loveya:


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haf216 Donating Member (911 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-04-07 10:37 AM
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67. OMG
I I have not thought about those books in years. Thank you for reminding of them. When I was younger I left things I low so the Borrowers would not have to work so hard. I wanted them to be real so bad.
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LizW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-29-07 01:26 PM
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41. The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth.
It was the Newberry winner in 1931. I loved it as a little girl.
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Uncle Roy Donating Member (283 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-03-07 12:06 AM
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42. Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space
In fact my niece and nephew and I liked all of Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants books. They are smart and funny and subversive, and totally free of the smarmy moralistic claptrap that makes so much of kiddy literature intolerable. The kids loved them and knew long passages by heart, which they would recite at the slightest provocation, amidst much giggling. They used to read them to me for their bed-time stories.
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Greyskye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-10-07 07:33 PM
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48. My 8 year old loves these
I admit to being a little happier when he reads Harry Potter instead though. ;)
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Bullwinkle925 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 10:53 PM
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43. A book that was read to us by our 4th grade teacher:


"The House of Sixty Fathers" by Meindert DeJong/Illustrations by Maurice Sendak



This story touched my heart. I found it at Borders a few years ago and had to snatch it up for my permanent bookshelf.
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harlinchi Donating Member (954 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-02-07 02:35 PM
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44. Anne of Green Gables.
And the subsequent 'Anne...' books.
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DixieBlue Donating Member (504 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-05-07 09:34 AM
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47. "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus", "The Diary of a Wombat" ...
"The Frog and Toad" series, "My Many Colored Days" and anything by Shel Silverstein, especially "The Missing Piece" are favorites of my daughter. (She's almost four.)

For me, I always loved "Island of the Blue Dolphins", "Charlotte's Web", "The Hobbit", the whole Oz series, the old Nancy Drew books, A Wrinkle in Time and it's sequels.

I devoured books as a kid (still do) but those are the ones I remember best.
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Fire Walk With Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-10-07 07:44 PM
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50. The "Charlie" books, "The Phantom Tollbooth", "The Little Prince"
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2bfree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-12-07 09:36 PM
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51. My Father's Dragon.......
Me and Caleb
and The Little House books :)
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Sequoia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-13-07 12:45 PM
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52. Fox in Socks read aloud...hurts your tounge.
A Friend for Dragon

Heidi

Goodnight Gorilla (no words, but a picture is worth...you know)
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Quixote1818 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-15-07 01:08 AM
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54. Well, because I wrote it
Edited on Sun Jul-15-07 01:09 AM by Quixote1818
Billy's Mountain

See link below
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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:32 PM
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55. Hmm, several
Go Dog Go by P.D. Eastman
Goodnight moon
Don't let the pigeon drive the bus
Whee the wild things are
Where the sidewalk ends

RL
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sinkingfeeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-06-07 01:54 PM
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56. My favorite is "Wind in the Willows".
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-08-07 11:44 AM
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57. The chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander, anything by Bill Peet
books by Margaret Henry (during that horse loving phase), the Hobbit, picture books like "I can't, said the ant", and the Ms. Squirrel series (parents magazine press). "the ice cream cone coot", "Bambi's Children"and "Perri" by Felix Salten. There must be piles more. I spent most of my childhood with my nose stuck in a book.
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Matilda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-24-07 01:57 AM
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59. The Mousehole Cat, by Antonia Barber.
"Mousehole" is pronounced "Mowzle" - it's in Land's End, Cornwall.

The book is about the cat Mowser who saves the starving village from the Storm-Cat - it's about
cats and fish and storms, and above all, love.
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nemo137 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-30-07 09:42 PM
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64. Oh, my God! My dad used to read that to me all the time!
It was my favorite book once I got over my "Giant Work Machines" phase. My favorite children's book now is probably either Mo Willem's Don't Let The Pidgeon Drive the Bus or Leonardo and the Terrible Monster.
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Phoebe Loosinhouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-26-07 09:33 AM
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60. Charlotte's Web, Winnie the Pooh books and
the poetry Pooh books too (James james Morrison Morrison Willoughby George Dupree, etc.)

I read some weird books that I remember more than I should:
Elsie Dinsmore (found in the bookshelves at my grandmothers)
Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (Depression era family living in a ramshackle hovel)
Five Little Peppers and How they Grew

There was a book by George MacDonald that was a fairy tale about a princess who was kidnapped to an underground troll kingdom that scared the shit out of me.

I LOVED the Betsy Tacey books

The Moffats books

Harriet the Detective- very hilarious subversive humor for a fourth grade read

I was crazy for books that were illustrated by Edward Gorey - one in particular that I have never found again about a magic coin - anyone know that one?

Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights

I sobbed hysterically when Beth died in Little Women

All Nancy Drews (my father claimed I was driving the family into bankruptcy due to my insatiable desire for those yellow-spined books. He pulled my aside one day and hissed "Listen! Carolyn Keene is a fat little man who smokes a cigar!")I also used to check out the older blue versions from the library too, when Nancy drove a "roadster".

I read Heidi and then was totally outraged at the Shirley Temple movie version. Not enough goats

I would read just about anything. Sorry to ramble.



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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-03-07 05:48 PM
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62. I had a book with four stories in it:
Once Upon a Time in a Pigpen
The Gentle Tiger
A Remarkable Rabbit
Quiet in the Wilderness

Margaret Wise Brown hooked it up. :D
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Jade Fox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-07-07 09:08 PM
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63. "If I Ran the Circus"-Dr. Suess....
I laughed ever single time I read that book.
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litlady Donating Member (360 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-31-07 07:29 AM
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65. So many...
But one of them is certainly The Lorax. Also love The Secret Garden, Anne of Green Gables series, Bambi, Black Beauty etc.
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Princess Turandot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-02-07 06:47 AM
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66. Fairy Tales..
there was a series with titles like "Red Fairy Tales", "Yellow Fairy Tales" etc. (The colors had nothing to do with the content.)

I was lucky to grow up on a street in NYC which had a library branch on it.
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CornField Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-09-07 08:46 PM
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68. "Where the Red Fern Grows" and "Island of the Blue Dophins"
I carried that last title in my bag for nearly a year because I loved it so much. (I think I was 4th or 5th grade at the time.)
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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-12-07 03:15 PM
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69. What about Richard Scarry! I used to love reading his books
with my kids. When I visited Switzerland last year, I had an enormous feeling of deja vue until I realized that everything looked like a Richard Scarry illustration. No Lowly Worm, though.
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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-12-07 03:21 PM
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70. Babar and Madeline - don't leave them out! nt
Edited on Mon Nov-12-07 03:22 PM by hedgehog
My kids were sad when Babar's mother was killed!
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yellowdogintexas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 09:05 AM
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75. ohh I loved Babar! I hunted Babar books for my daughter!
She loved them too.

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BookSavoury Donating Member (14 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-03-11 01:26 PM
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90. The typography in the Babar books is also exquisite!
The colors in the illustrations remind me of Goodnight Moon, too. They're both two of my favorites.
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smoogatz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-16-07 05:54 PM
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73. "The Wind in the Willows"
It's kind of a forgotten classic, I think. Absolutely lovely.
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cmkramer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-09-07 10:35 PM
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78. I love it too
Edited on Sun Dec-09-07 10:43 PM by cmkramer
I try to read it at least once a year.

My favorite children's book is "Dancing Shoes" by Noel Streatfield, which is about kids attending a professional children's dancing school in London. It's got a great "Time wounds all heels" ending.

I love the Little Women books too.

Another favorite is "The King of the Golden River". And also "Tintin".
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yellowdogintexas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 09:09 AM
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76. I am so old..I remember vividly my first "Bobbsey Twins" books
received as Christmas gift at age 6. These were the OLD ones, not the dumbed down ones of today. Thick hardback books. I devoured them (my other Christmas gift was chickenpox, so was housebound) and begged for more and read many of them from library trips in the summers. I moved on to Nancy Drew in 5th grade. I also read the first 7 volumes of the old original Childcrafts from cover to cover umpteen times.

There wasn't as much children's fiction, as in chapter books back then..there was sort of a leap from golden books and fairy tales to stuff at higher reading levels. Or maybe I just skipped over them, I don't know. I was a precocious reader anyway.
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Chemisse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-02-11 07:34 PM
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96. I read some of those too, and Call of the Wild, the Trixie Beldon series, Old Yeller, plus
Edited on Wed Nov-02-11 07:35 PM by Chemisse
lovely classics like Little Women, The Secret Garden, Heidi, and The Little Princess.
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Tesha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-17-07 11:22 AM
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79. The Phantom Tollbooth
Edited on Mon Dec-17-07 11:22 AM by Tesha
Book by Norton Juster (The Dot and the Line, drawings by Jules Feiffer.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Phantom_Tollbooth



Tesha
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YOY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-22-08 09:46 AM
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82. I remember Milo
n/t
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TheCentepedeShoes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-22-07 06:35 PM
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80. Perhaps not a
childrens book but something I got off the bookmobile in 5th grade.
A sci-fi sort of book called The World at Bay, about outer space guys invading the earth. Have no recollection of who wrote it, can't find it on the internets. I've never been a sci-fi fan but I must have read that book 5 times over the following year or so.
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japple Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-24-07 09:43 AM
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81. East of the Sun, West of the Moon
Baba Yaga

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books

Lois Lenski books
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The Northerner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-26-11 02:26 AM
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84. "Bridge to Terabithia" by Katherine Peterson n/t
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Goblinmonger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-11 02:29 PM
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85. My son refused to watch the movie
because even by the previews he knew it would be a bastardization of a book he like.
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-11 07:11 AM
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86. The Bobbsey Twins and Nancy Drew series. n/t
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Stargleamer Donating Member (636 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-11 01:42 PM
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87. Little Bear by Elsa Minaruk (illustrated by Maurice Sendak)
and

The Gingerbread Rabbit by Randall Jarrell, illustrated by Garth Williams.

I hope to read the Moomin books one day.
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KC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-02-11 07:15 PM
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88. The Velveteen Rabbit
nt
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-04-11 11:12 PM
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91. The Phantom Tollbooth
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ChazII Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-15-11 05:15 PM
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92. One of my favorites, too.
I would read it each year to my students as well.
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Wolf Frankula Donating Member (118 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-11 10:15 PM
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93. On Beyond Zebra by Dr. Seuss.
And Little Black Sambo is about a smart kid who outwits a bunch of tigers.

Wolf
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BrendaBrick Donating Member (859 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 05:09 PM
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94. Aesop's Fables
Stuart Little, Nancy Drew, The Golden Book Encyclopedia series and later MAD Magazine.
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raccoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-11 09:24 AM
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95. Heidi. nt
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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-03-11 05:18 PM
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97. The Ghost-Eye Tree (Bill Martin, Jr., John Archambault, Ted Rand.)
Creepy and beautifully illustrated.
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Nelson Tondreau Donating Member (14 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-07-11 04:32 AM
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98. I sometimes read to kids at a library
I read "And Tango Makes Three" to some 2nd graders yesterday, and we talked about how the book made them feel. It's not really a special book, but the message is one which is really inspiring.
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fadedrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-10-11 07:50 PM
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100. I get all my books at the library
Mysteries mostly. I use their website to request and wait till I'm notified to pick them up....My first-grade grandson has been coming over lately, spending Friday nights with us. Can you recommend a few books for his age group that he'd like read to him with some familiar words he can make out as we read?

I can put them on my list and the library will have them ready with my next batch...

Thanks a lot...
fadednana
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OrwellwasRight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-07-11 08:36 PM
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99. Can't believe no one has mentioned Charlotte's Web or the Sneetches!
Dr. Doolittle
Many Judy Blume Books: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Deenie, and Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself
Old Black Witch (and no it's not racist, she was black because she lived in a fireplace and was covered with soot)
McBroom's Farm
Hamilton Duck
Paddington Bear

Also the following series:

Oz
Narnia
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle (which my fifth grade teacher scolded me for reading because they were too easy!)
Babar
Berenstain Bears
The Frances Series (e.g., A Bargain for Frances--We used to have several of these in record form. The voices were so great!)

And ones already mentioned: From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and The Phantom Tollbooth!!!
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ForeverFlashy Donating Member (25 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-11 10:09 PM
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101. Love children books
I read children books, even though I'm 25 years old. Lol. I recently read and finished and Fablehaven series. It's a very interesting book, and I would recommend it to anybody who would care to read =)
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