children's books

@epenner (162)
United States
January 28, 2007 8:40pm CST
What are some of your favorite children's books from when you were a child? Do you read them to your children now? What are some of your newer children's books or authors? My favorite children's books from when I was a kid were I'll Love You Forever, If You Give A Mouse a Cookie, the Corduroy bear stories, and Where the Wild Things Are. I have all of these books and I love to share them with my children. I don't really know much about newer authors. Can anyone offer some advice?
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@shelagh77 (3643)
29 Jan 07
I know she is out of fashion now, but I really love all of enid Blyton's books and The Faraway Tree is my absolute favourite. The idea of a tree that you could climb and walk into a different land every time you went up there really appealed to my imagination and I came up with quite a few lands of my own when I had finished the book. I still read it from time to time, and when I see a big old tree I wonder where there is an angry old pixie in there ready to slosh washing water all over the unwary climber.
• India
30 Jan 07
really
@shelagh77 (3643)
1 Feb 07
Truly :-)
@hariharbhat (1312)
• India
29 Jan 07
I am from India. The grandma use to tell stories which has moral in them.We use to enjoy the way of telling a story by grandma and the theme of such stories. I remember the stories now also.I tell the stories whenever my children are free and willing to listen to such stories.
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@deebomb (15317)
• United States
29 Jan 07
That is wonderful. You are pass a tradition down that your children will remember for ever.
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• Canada
29 Jan 07
I don't remember any of the books I read when I was a child but I have a whole collection of books for my little one's . The biggest hit for them are the Dora books as my daughter is obsessed with Dora and I like them because they not only interesting but teach your child at the same time . I also have the whole collection of the Disney books as all children just seem to like the Disney stories . I have over 100 books for my little one's and they love to be read to and I think it is good for them to hear all the little stories as there is usually some moral to the story .
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@epenner (162)
• United States
29 Jan 07
Disney books are great stories. my son loves Dora. Seems strange but it is so educational, who cares if she is meant for female audiences.
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@mobyfriend (1019)
• Netherlands
29 Jan 07
When I was young I loved to read The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. And I'm still very fond of all the children's books I have read. (Alice in Wonderland, Charlotte's Web, Little House on the prairie series, Beatrix Potter, Fairytales by H C Andersen just to name a few).
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@kathy77 (7487)
• Australia
29 Jan 07
My favourite children's book when I was a child was Black Beauty, and many of the golden books and yes when my children were young I would always read them my favourites and other books as well. I do not know much about the newer writters etiher today.
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@kash22 (11)
• Pakistan
29 Jan 07
i loved all of enid blyton's work....especially the famous five n the adventure series in which there were seven titles i believe......:) n i admit tht i m an adult now....but i recently found the same joy i used to feel when i was a kid reading out these books.....when i went through Roald Dahl's masterpieces......they are all so hilariously funny.....inspiring a person in more ways than imaginable.....with so many hidden fables in them.... i just cant believe it tht i have stayed ignorant towards the existence of these books for so long....n i dun want anyone else to commit the same mistake..... so do get all the titles...wether a child or an adult....:)
@suedarr (2382)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
I love the children's books by Roald Dahl. The BFG and Charlie and The Chocolate Factory to name just two. My youngest who is 11 also adores this author and owns several books by Roald Dahl. Cheers!
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• Canada
29 Jan 07
I like everything by Robert Munsch, he's BY FAR my favorite child author, and my kids just adore his stories. When each of my children were born, I bought them their very own copies of "I'll Love you Forever" .. and we read it all the time. Especially when one of them thinks I'm mad at them lol. We have (and read) If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, and If You Give A Pig a Party. We have a huge collection of Dr. Seuss books that they love to read (their favorite is ' Horton Hears a Who ')
@kakuemmom (862)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
Well first my daughters fav books are any Dora the explorer books. she will have me read and re read them to her. My fav books would be the robert munch books. Mortimer is my favorite. Emma and I have read it so much the we both know the story of by heart and sing with it lol. I love any books and i am tryin to instill that in my children. Emma has a book case just for her and its full so we must go through the books figure out which ones she doesn't want anymore and give them away. i buy through the school every month so more keep coming.
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@raenie (705)
• Philippines
29 Jan 07
I love children's books! In fact, my sister especially collects them, as for me, I agree with some of those who responded--about the Enid Blyton books--I just looove them, especially The Faraway Series--yup--completely love how that Enchanted Tree just has different sorts of lands landing kerplop abpve it, like the Land of Fairy Tales and such...just loove them...other books would be, Guess How Much I love You, Dr. Seuss books & also Beverly Cleary books (anybody familiar witrh Ramona & Beezus?) well, enjoy reading to you kids! =)
@XxAngelxX (2830)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
The Nancy Drew books were my favorites when I was younger. And the Babysitting Club ones. LOL, I use to spend hours reading those. My girls are reading them now to, and they have a Nancy Drew Junior series out which is about Nancy Drew only when she was younger, like 9 and 10 and so on. I now love the Robert Munch books for younger children too. I love the way he writes from the children's point of view. My favorite one of his is Love You Forever. I cried the first five or six times I read it, lol.
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• Australia
29 Jan 07
Franklin the turtle. The illustrations are beautiful, recently bought some through ebay which i will definately share with my future children School stories like Malory Towers, St Clare's, The Naughtiest Girl in the School, Trebizon, Chalet school (mum threatened me with boarding school when i was naughty but i quite liked the idea..) Famous Five and Secret Seven. = how cool to have parents that allow their children to travel to and camp out on an island (different era i know). Bobbsey Twins, Happy Hollisters Trixie Belden when i was a little older. I've kept most of the above for my kids to read
• Canada
29 Jan 07
Robert Munsch who wrote "I'll Love You Forever" lives in Guelph Ontario, my hometown, where I still live today. I've met him a number of times, and as a child, his books were always my favourites.
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@sureshmoe (974)
• India
29 Jan 07
Mostly I was read my mother tongue books say tamil...So I translate it in english...Actually I liked the thrilling stories.The some of the books are "How u can win?, Blood ghost, Tom and Jerry, Festival in the forest" and so on...these books are really mind tickers if u take the points given in the books in the right way otherwise it leads to become a criminal at younger age and in future...
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• United States
29 Jan 07
my girls love the IF you Give a ............ books and my oldest favorite s are Fancy Nacy and Alice the Fairy! As a kid I remember loving the pokie little puppy which my girls like too!
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• United States
29 Jan 07
Velveteen Rabbit, Goodnight Moon, Charlotte's Web and Wizard of Oz were my favorites. Yes, my kids adored these books. Infact, my 23 yr. old daughter wants to go see the movie, Charlotte's Web. My oldest son's favorite is still Wizard Of Oz. I cannot tell you how many times I read Goodnight moon! But, it was always wonderful.
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• Philippines
29 Jan 07
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• United States
29 Jan 07
my favs were the Velveteen rabbit, The lion, the witch, and the wordrobe, *Where the wild things are*, I love Berenstein Bears, Dr Suess books, and I loved those Sweet Pickle, and the Toad and Frog series books. (I can't remember for sure if that's their name's, but I think so)
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@Darkwing (21586)
29 Jan 07
I liked Emil and the Detective, and Charles Kingsley's, The Water Babies. I read those two books over and over. Also, when I was very small, I had a collection of Enid Blyton books... yes, including Noddy, The Famous Five adventures and The Secret Seven adventures. Enid Blyton also wrote some good bedtime stories, which my dad usually read to me when I went to bed. Rupert the Bear was also a firm favourite and Little Red Riding Hood. lol. Wow... I hadn't realised I was into so many books. Thanks for the memories, Epenner. Nice discussion.
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@deebomb (15317)
• United States
29 Jan 07
Little  Critter - Little Critter has many great adventures
I like the Mercer Mayer books. He has written over 300 books. they are about Little Critter, a 6 year old and his brother, sister,parents and grandparents. It deals with all the things that happen to a little child from potty training to getting a new brother and sister. They are just such fun books You can get one for just about any real life situation. I love the one about taking a bath and just go to bed. I could go on and on. here's a web sit to check them out http://www.iblist.com/author7009.htm and http://www.littlecritter.com/
@epenner (162)
• United States
29 Jan 07
Thanks for reminding about Little Critter. I love these books. There are so many books out there that I can't seem to keep them all in my head.
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