Throwback Thursday: Your Favorite Books to Read as a Child

BooksFew things are more calming on a brisk autumn evening than reading a great book. That love for reading may have started as a kid, and evolved into routine as an adult. What books have resonated with you all these years later? Share your favorite books or your favorite book genres to read growing up in today's Throwback Thursday.

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Rose Richardson October 14, 2014 at 10:54 am

Dr. Suess books, Edgar Allen Poe, Robert Frost, and Robert Louis Stevenson.

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Melinda Thomas October 13, 2014 at 3:32 pm

Growing up in a home with no television, my love of books carme from a very young age. As a child, I was surrounded by books. For as far back as I can remember, my mom took me to the library and I fell in love with books written by British author, Enid Blyton. The characters came alive in my head as I soaked in every word. There was Nancy Drew, Black beauty, etc. As an avid reader, I am happy that my kids are finding the same joy I found in reading good books as it seems that we're slowly losing the art of reading due to television and social media.

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Barbara October 10, 2014 at 8:33 am

As a child I read everything under the Sun. My Dad was an avid reader of many subjects. I have a hunger for books and when ever I have a spare moment I read. I have done this all my life. My first encounter with a book that continues to be my first choice is the Bible.... there are so many books in the Bible that are inspirational to read.

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Bonnie H October 9, 2014 at 4:36 pm

My favorite of all time was The Velveteen Rabbit! My daughter loved it too! A friend gave me an original copy with a velvetten rabbit! I treasure it! To this day I understand children's attachment to a favorite stuffed toy. 🙂

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Lori October 9, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Charlotte's Web, Nancy Drew, Pippi Longstocking!!

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Delores D October 9, 2014 at 4:01 pm

I was called book-worm as child I read everything from comic books children novels
there is one book that stayed with me to this day. I read this in high school" The Grapes of Wrath"
wow, now I read historical fiction written by Ken Folett also audio cassette tape of Shakespear my favorite is Mid-summers Night Dream.

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Marina McAdam October 9, 2014 at 2:01 pm

The Giving Tree by Shell Silverstein. To this day, I tear up everytime I read it.

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Bonnie H October 9, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Oh my Marina...me too! I work at the child development center and have read this book many times over the past 23 years...I too still tear up 🙁 Great book!

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Le Loni Cheeks October 9, 2014 at 12:35 pm

Dr. Suess' "Oh, The Places You'll Go!" impacted me later in life and I passed this wonderful book to my 15 year-old daughter who enjoys reading it when she babysits.

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Chuck October 9, 2014 at 11:41 am

I like the old ones like I have found first and second editions of ,Alice in wounderland, UNCLE Wiggley, And Brer Rabbit.
How amazing the reprintings leave out alot of how they talked back then.!!
it takes a lot out of the book when trying to make it politicly correct.

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C October 9, 2014 at 11:41 am

I read all kinds of books growing up but the first series to indellibly influence my life was the Dragonlance trilogies by Weis and Hickman (1985). Their writing style helped shape my own and their stories with the cover art lit the fire of my imagination. Good writing is priceless and it's out there but you may have to sift for it. As an adult, I read mostly non-fiction but the Harry Potter series was also excellent and has left its mark upon me. Rowling also writes well and crafts a great story.

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TSchmidt October 9, 2014 at 11:03 am

In the 6th grade my reading world opened up with The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury.
From there it it has been a lively journey consuming all manner of Science Fantasy; historical ficton and non fiction alike. Science Fantasy has far more a social focus than gagetry. For those that love Twilight Zone episodes; they all came from Sci Fantasy writers such as Damon Knight and Richard Matheson. Nothing like short sharp human drama with a twist ending. As Rod Serling said;" Science fiction makes the implausible possible; while Science fantasy makes the impossible plausible." Perhaps all those altered perceptions of reality influenced my career in Psychiatry?

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Renee Moore October 9, 2014 at 10:41 am

As a child and teenager, Curiors George, Amelia Bedelia and all of Judy Blume's books. As a parent reading to my children, Dr. Suess and especially, "Go Dog Go!" I enjoy reading.

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Ashley G. October 9, 2014 at 10:31 am

My favorites were Green Eggs and Ham, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (how I wish I could find this book), Babysitter's Club and the Goosebumps series.

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Bobbie October 9, 2014 at 10:16 am

When I was a kid, I consumed books. Yet into adulthood. I can still recite Green Eggs and Ham 45 years later. "I do not like them Sam I am." All things Seuss are great, but this is my fav. 2nd place is the Grinch.

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Robert O'Connell October 9, 2014 at 10:10 am

The Shining; just kidding. Ramona the Pest.

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Rhonda Eastman October 9, 2014 at 9:58 am

Anderson's Fairy Tales (anthology of Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tales). I read those stories over and over for years.

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Maya B. October 9, 2014 at 9:39 am

Liza Lou and the Yeller Belly Swamp by Mercer Meyer (clever with beautiful illustrations), and The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss (brilliant).

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Cathy Carini October 9, 2014 at 9:16 am

I used to love Nancy Drew books.

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Victoria October 9, 2014 at 9:10 am

I loved all Laura Ingalls Wilder books, The Children's Bible, and Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume was a big deal when going through adolescence.

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Nikki October 9, 2014 at 9:14 am

I loved the Laura Ingalls Wilder books as well -- couldn't get my kids interested in them though. Their more into the Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and graphic novels.

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Nikki October 9, 2014 at 9:16 am

Sorry... Meant to say "They're more ...".

Danielle October 9, 2014 at 9:08 am

I have two;
Charlotte's Web and Thank God it's Me Margaret

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Danielle October 9, 2014 at 9:08 am

oh and Little Women!!!

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Allie October 9, 2014 at 9:06 am

Where the Wild Things Are, Sam and the Firefly, and The Great Piratical Rumbustification

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Nikki October 9, 2014 at 9:01 am

When I was a little child, I loved "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats. I could easily see myself in the little boy's place in the city after a snow storm. When I had kids, I loved reading them "Guess How Much I Love You" by Sam McBratney. When I first read it (while pregnant with my first child standing in a store with my husband), we both got choked up and had to buy it.

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Tiffany October 9, 2014 at 8:56 am

The Madeline books, I still know the first couple pages of the first book by memory.

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Carla Gardner October 9, 2014 at 8:52 am

The Lost Zoo by Countee Cullen and Christopher Cat. Imagine a cat writing a book! It is also my adult daughter's favorite book. I missed the times we used to curl up in bed reading it.

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Monica Thompson October 9, 2014 at 8:51 am

All the Little Miss and Mr. Men Books. Little Miss Chatterbox, Mr. Funny, Mr. Mischief, etc.

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Bonnie C October 9, 2014 at 8:45 am

Oh My Goodness! There are soooo many: Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland (& Alice Through the Looking Glass), Half Magic, Wrinkle in Time, Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Charlotte's Web, anything by Mark Twain or Daphne du Maurier or Phyllis Whitney or Mary Stewart (when I was a teen-ager), Count of Monte Cristo, Three Musketeers (the entire series), and, of course, any of the Hans Christian Andersen stories or Grimm's Fairy Tales (I actually own three collections of them, each a little different from the others). My book collection includes volumes I have read as well as books purchased for my children when they were younger (which will soon be passed down to my granddaughter).

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Bonnie C October 9, 2014 at 8:46 am

Forgot the Louisa May Alcott series and Anne of Green Gables series. I was a voracious reader (and still usually read at least one book a month).

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Anna Norrell October 9, 2014 at 8:32 am

"B" is for Betsy Series, Gone with the Wind, Little Women

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fjl October 9, 2014 at 8:28 am

LITTLE WOMEN and all others by Louisa May Alcott

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Yvette October 9, 2014 at 8:18 am

The very first favorite book (learned it word for word for recitation) was Dr. Suess's "Green Eggs and Ham". After that anything Pippi Longstocking and the Chronicles of Narnia (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, etc.). Got older and Maya Angelou's "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" capped it off along with anything James Baldwin.

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Marie Schanke October 9, 2014 at 8:16 am

The Chronicles of Narnia!

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Jean Taylor October 9, 2014 at 8:15 am

Bill Peet "The Ant and the Elephant"

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Kay Thilert October 9, 2014 at 8:12 am

I loved Mr. Popper's Penquins. Don't judge! 🙂

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David October 9, 2014 at 7:40 am

Sam and the Firefly

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Nora Lanier-Kohl October 9, 2014 at 7:38 am

Charlotte's Web! I loved that book and the cartoon movie. It was so sad when Charlotte died and that wonderful PIG!

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Jean Taylor October 9, 2014 at 8:16 am

I always cried when Charlotte died.

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Elizabeth Duvall October 9, 2014 at 7:31 am

I am sure the introduction to today's section is supposed to read: "routine." Not "rutine." Readers get picky about things like that. . . .

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Elizabeth Duvall October 9, 2014 at 7:29 am

From my own childhood, Charlotte's Web, Half Magic, A Wrinkle in Time, Nancy Drew (over and over and over), Little Women, Key to the Treasure, and, Alice in Wonderland.
Raising my own kids: Harry Potter, (all of them, but my personal fav is The Order of the Phoenix), Lord of the Rings (especially The Fellowship of the Ring), and, for the little kids, all things Beatrix Potter: Peter Rabbit, etc., all things Dr. Seus, and Peter Pan (many renditions, but favorite is a theater production with songs, no idea who wrote it, but it isn't the Disney version, and we had it on audio cassette tape-remember those?).

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