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Re: Favorite childhood books (question)

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My favorite book then and now:

Watership Down by Richard Adams


The Paddington Bear series by Michael Bond
The original OZ books by L. Frank Baum - wonderful for kids of both sexes and all ages
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I second The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Runaway Ralph, and Ralph S. Mouse. I remember really enjoying those.
The Chronicles of Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander
Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little by E.B. White of course
All the Ramona Quimby and Henry Huggins books by Beverly Cleary
Another vote for The Hardy Boys.

Then I got more interested in the SF novels of Isaac Asimov, Arthur C Clarke, Frank Herbert around 10. Some of these I still read every now and then.

One of the greatest books I have ever read and reread. The best that Adams has done. Have you read Tales of Watership Down? Not as epic but I cannot read either without tearing up.
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Giving Tree for me - always made me sad tho'
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The Bobbsey Twins Series
Nancy Drew
Harry Potter
Star Wars novels
Danger in the Everglades
Frumpet and Me
I love those book , they went with me all my life.
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A few more,

The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
Rabbits Rafferty
Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
The Velveteen Rabbit

and one of my favorites stories,

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The Goosebumps book series
Sweet Valley High series
Boxcar series
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I loved the Xanth novels when I was young.

Also, the Redwall series

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^ I was just going to post Where the Sidewalk Ends -- probably the most memorable book from my childhood.
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My favorite was:
Roald Dahl - The Witches.
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I loved the Boxcar children when I was a kid, are they still making them or did they stop?
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In my first to second grade years -


Later on...


I recently bought some Judy Blume books for my niece, and was disappointed to see that some of the original illustrations were deleted, and that certain references were updated (mention is made about Cartoon Network, CD players and other pop culture items which themselves will be dated).

I always hated WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE. At that time, didn't like Sendak's illustrations, and I didn't like the story and dialogue.
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Lloyd Alexander. My absolute favorite author. His fantasy series (5 books) "The Chronicles of Prydain" are the standard, 25 years later, that I still judge fantasy by. They caused my love of reading, my desire to be a writer, and introduced me to Tolkien, Lewis, Donaldson, Piers Anthony, and much much more.

My soul still hurts from when Disney turned the 2nd book in the series into that abomination called "The Black Cauldron".
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The Chronicles of Narnia-C.S. Lewis
anything by Roald Dahl
Where the Red Fern Grows and Summer of the Monkeys-Wilson Rawls
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I still love Louis Sachar's Wayside School series. Just reread all 3 books the beginning of the year.
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goosebumps, all of them
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I've always been a huge sci-fi/fantasy geek, but here are some of the favorite books I remember:

The Farthest-Away Mountain by Lynne Reid Banks, author of the more well-known Indian in the Cupboard series.

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

Bob Fulton's Amazing Soda-Pop Stretcher by Jr. Jerome Beatty. Also, his "Matthew Looney" series.

The Toothpaste Millionaire by Jean Merrill.

Richard Kennedy: Collected Stories by Richard Kennedy. I particularly remember the short story "The Rise and Fall of Ben Gizzard."

Some "children's" books I've enjoyed as an adult and wish were around when I was a kid:

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett. A good intro into Pratchett's Discworld series for younger kids. I got into the "adult" books in this series in middle school.

Coraline by Neil Gaiman. Recently adapted as a movie, it's a good, fun read that's apparently scarier to adults than to kids.
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Henry Huggins (Beverly Clearly) -TWO thumbs up!
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Two I specifically remember areThe White Mountains and sequel The City of Gold and Lead. I understand there is a third book but never read it.
Had several Tom Swift books. Really cool Jonny Quest type covers.

Not kids books, but I was crazy about James Bond and had seen some of the Edgar Allan Poe movies with Vincent Price. Checked all the Fleming Bond novels and complete Poe out of the library and struggled through them when I was about 10 to 11 years old. Still remember being in a book store circa '68/69 and seeing The Man With The Golden Gun paperback. Wow!! One I didn't know about, had to have it.

Read a few dozen of the Doc Savage paperbacks, even tried to collect them. Remember having quite a few of the Dark Shadows paperbacks also.

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Many I read and enjoyed as a child. Two series haven't been mentioned,

The Wizard of Oz books by L. Frank Baum, I think these were my grandmother's, they were very old copies

The Black Stallion series by Walter Farley
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I'm sure i'm forgetting some, but I re-read these many times throughout my childhood. Hell, I even read some of them again as an adult.

Sideways Stories from Wayside School (and it's many sequels)
Boy In The Girl's Bathroom
Indian In The Cupboard (and it's many sequels)
Sizth Grade Secreta
Dogs Don't Tell Jokes
The Beast 1 & 2

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