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With the time change over this past weekend, the long evenings are great for reading out loud to the kids. Some of my most pleasant memories as a child revolve around books. Books that made us laugh, made us cry, books that built character. Here are some that I remember fondly and hope to read to other children.

 

( no particular order )

 

The Large and Growly Bear-Gertrude Crampton

 

Horton Hatches the Egg- Dr Suess

 

The Babar books-Jean de Brunhoff

 

can't remember this title, but it was about 3 chimney sweeps, Snip, Snap and Snurr

 

All 20 volumns of Uncle Auther's Bedtime Stories

 

Chapter Books

 

The Little House on the Prarie books (of course)

 

Where the Red Fern Grows-Wilson Rawls

 

Watch for a Tall White Sail-Margaret E. Bell

 

They Loved to Laugh-Kathryn Worth

 

Banner in the Sky-James Ramsey Ullman

 

Thrilling Escapes by Night-Albert Lee

 

The Mad Scientist Club-Bertrand R. Brinley

 

Homer Price-Robert McCloskey

 

The Sugar Creek Gang Books- Paul Hutchens

 

Danny Orlis Series-Bernard Palmer

 

 

This is just a start for me. I would love to hear about your favorites

 

 

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Shane -- I was 10 and it was the very FIRST book that I remember ANYONE had EVER read to me. My Mom liked to read, but she hated to have people read to her, so she never read aloud to us. frown

 

The Little Princess

 

Tom Sawyer

Huckleberry Fin

Sarah Plain and Tall

Shiloh

Little Lord Fauntleroy

Oliver Twist

Heidi

Heidi Grows Up

Heidi's Children

 

 

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Nancy Drew, Bobsy Twins, Three Investigators. My side of the mountain, Johnny Treamain, White Fang, War of the Worlds, 20 thousand leagues under the sea, Island of the blue dolphin, Black Beauty, Jacob Have I loved, Dragonwings, as an older teen Alas Babylon, Enders Game (series), Dune (series), anything by Piers Anthony, Anne McCaffery (Especially the Pern series), Orson Scott Card.

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Almost all of the books Aint2nuts put down, and Louis L'mour and James Michener's Centennial, books on all the mountain men and Daniel Boone ( of course! ). grin

Also, the bible , Where the Red Fern Grows, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. I reread some of the Tom Sawyer books and found them to really be quite sophisticated more recently. There were plenty of books I read as well as all those...

As many of the Zane Grey books as I could get ahold of too.

All the Hardy Boys books!

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The Cat in The Hat

 

Green Eggs & Ham

 

And To Think I saw it on Mullberry Street

 

( Anything Dr. Suisse!)

 

Moby Dick

 

My Friend Flicka

 

Hardy Brother Mysteries

 

The Hobbit

 

The Lord of the Flies

 

The Adventures of The Lone Ranger

 

Comic Books. MANY MANY titles

 

Harvey the Invisable Rabbit---- I think its really another tittle, but it's what the movie is based on

 

The Littles

 

The Borrowers

 

The Outsiders

 

The Others

 

Adventures of Huckleberry Fin

 

Tom Sayer

 

Many Mart Twain Titles.

 

Jungle Boy

 

Ricki Ticky Tavy

 

Ganja Din

 

Jungle Book

 

Doctor Doolittle

 

Little Men

 

Little Women

 

The Inevitable Man

 

Greek / Roman Mythologies ( Any myth really, there are TONS)

 

Journey To the Center of The Earth

 

The Lost World

 

20000 leagues Under the Sea

 

Mysterious Island

 

Time Machine

 

Treasure Island

 

Robinson Caruso

 

The Swiss Family Robinson

 

The War of the Worlds

 

Little House on the Prairie Series

 

1001 Theves, Ali Bobba, Sinbad, series, The Genie in the Lamp series

 

1001 dalmatians

 

Old Yeller

 

More than I think I can remember !

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Some of my favourite books were Anne of green gables, little house on the prairie. I hated the TV series it was too far gone from the books. I liked the love comes softly series by Janet oak, the Mandie books by Lois Gladys leopard(i think that was her name) I used to read pretty much anything and everything. Grace Livingston hills romance novels, I used to read my moms books that she read when she was a kid which included the The Sugar Creek Gang Books and Danny Orlis Series as well. We used to listen to the sugar creek gang radio show through focus on the family on KMBI fm, a radio station out of Spokane. It was on everyday at i think 5 followed by adventures in oddessy.

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This is tickling my memory, what fun!

 

I faintly remember Mandie books, so I went to Amazon to look at titles and I believe I have read a couple. I had no idea there were so many.

 

And yes, Grace Livingston Hill. I even have a bunch of those in paperback now. My mom would get the old hard cover ones from our public library. I still like to read those when I want to read something with a good ending. We laugh about them, mom and I, cause every story began with someone dying, but everything ends up marvelous.

 

Johnny Tremaine, I have it. A teacher read it out loud to us. She loved to read out loud and would often forget the time. Of course we didn't bother to remind her either grin

 

 

Anne of Green Gables I enjoyed more as an adult. Never could really get into it as a kid. I also discovered the Emily books by LM Montgomery as an adult and laughed till I cried. There is also a book by her called My Blue Castle or something like that, which is quite humorous too.

 

Jeanette Oke- check

 

Bobbsey Twins, I had forgot those. They were in my grandparents library.

 

Most movies made from books can't hold a candle to the book. They ALWAYS mess it up.

 

I saw the movie "The Firm" before I read the book. When I read the book, the phone beside me rang, and I jumped 12 inches off my chair. And I KNEW what was gonna happen, but I was still startled by the phone ringing rofl

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Wind in The Willows

 

Pinnochio

 

All the Little House books

 

Little Women

 

The Five Little Peppers

 

Black Beauty

 

When I got to the "tween" years I read Gone with The Wind, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights all during the same summer.

 

I still have a weakness for historical romances. nail

 

Then I went through my Isaac Asimov and Kurt Vonnegut phase. grin

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Let me see...

I liked the Hardy Boys;

Rick Brant (he was like the Hardy Boys, but he lived with scientists and got to use all sorts of cool machines );

Trixie Belden was better than Nancy Drew (in my childish opinion) because she had a family instead of just a dad. - Even then, I found it annoying that the first thing they always seemed to do was kill off the mother.

The Pink Motel;

Harold and the Purple Crayon;

Where the Wild Things Are;

The Secret Garden;

The Little Princess;

The Pirates in the Deep Green Sea;

The Magic Pawnshop;

The Dragon Book - It was shaped just like a dragon!

Swiss Family Robinson;

Robinson Crusoe;

Anything Dickens, or Jules Verne, or Shakespeare, or Twain;

And there was a huge pink book full of poems and wonderful woodcut illustrations to go with them.

Oh yes, Heidi...

 

I liked Dr. Suess when he started publishing books, but I was a little old for them. I had a good time reading them when the kids were little, though!

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All of the Black Stallion books

All of the Island Stallion books

Black Beauty

Heidi

Tom Sawyer

Huckleberry Fin

Nancy Drew books

Arthur Conan Doyle's books, Sherlock Holmes, etc.

Call of the Wild

White Fang

Mrs. Mike

Robinson Caruso

Jane Eyre

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Through the Looking Glass

Freckles

A Girl of the Limberlost

The Sword in the Stone

 

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Books I remember my mom reading to me (and my sisters):

 

Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes

Anderson's Fairy Tales and Grimm's Fairy Tales

Aesop's Fables

Little Golden Books (I loved the farm book smile )

The Little Red Hen

The Tales of Peter Rabbit

 

Favorite books that I read as a child:

 

Litte House on the Prairie Books

Little Women

Helen Keller

Misty of Chincoteague

Are You There God? It's Me-Margaret

 

Books I remember teachers reading:

 

The Phoenix..5th grade

The Last of the Mohicans..6th grade

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi..High School

 

There are sooooo many more....I have sets and sets and volumes and volumes. Most I still have, they are upstairs. If I can get up there in this cold, I will add more.

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I had two main favorites

 

Where the Wild Things Are (for the pictures)

 

Green Eggs and Ham (for the words)

 

 

 

I had also read a complete set of encyclopedia, each volume cover to cover, by the time I was 10

 

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I am taking these lists of books and writing down ones that I want my kids to read. I loved the Bobbsey twins, wonder if my daughter Tya would like them? Are they still even in print? Hmmm...

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The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

The Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Bobbsey Twins books

Little Women

White Fang by Jack London

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales (The Last of the Mohicans is one of the 5 books)

Where the Red Fern Grows

 

101 Dalmatians - I loved that one plus the sequel - Starlight Barking

http://www.amazon.com/Starlight-Barking-Wy...h/dp/0312156642

 

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Originally Posted By: Staceyy
The Betsy and Tacy series


I loved these! By; Maud Hart Lovelace
turn-of-the century Minnesota.

thanks for jogging my memory.

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Oh gosh, you would have a list...All my books were stored for summer shelf making...darn it anyway...the list is MUCH longer

 

Laura Ingalls Wilder - I liked the books outside the series best that documented her life.

 

Lucy Maude Montgomery - Anne of Green Gables Series

 

CS Lewis - Narnia series

 

Louisa May Alcott - all of her books

 

Heidi Series

 

Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Sugar Creek Gang, Mandi, Boxcar Children

 

Dr. Seuss

 

Sarah Plain & Tall Trilogy

 

EB White - Charlotte's Web, The Swan, etc

 

Turkey Red

 

Black Beauty, Misty Series

 

Beatrix Potter

 

Herbert the Lion (adorable story)

 

Encyclopedia Brown

 

Danny Dunn Science Series

 

The Happy Hollisters

 

Little Golden Books (Tawny Scrawny Lion!)

 

Louis L'Amour

 

Johnny Tremaine

 

Janette Oke (all her books)

 

Jane Eyre, Great Expectations, Jane Austin

 

Shakespeare, Tennyson, Whittier, ee cummings,

 

Biographies: Helen Keller, Ben Franklin, Louis Braille, Babe Ruth, A. Lincoln, Madame Curie, Golda Muir, Einstien, Elie Wiesel, etc.

 

White Fang, Where the Red Fern Grows, Old Yeller, Never-Ending Journey,

 

Swiss Family Robinson

 

My current favorite Children's book is "The King of the Trees" by local author Bill Burt. An allegory like no other! www.kotbooks.com

 

I also have an entire list of Jewish children's books I adore that are still readily in print and some that are NOT that I won't add here.

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C4C, did you ever read the sequel to Turkey Red? It is called Harvest Gold.

 

Your list brought back some memories for me.

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I don't remember if I read it. I'll have to search for it. I do remember I got that book with my very own hard-earned allowance money from the Scholastic catalogue. I still have it. smile It's an adorable story.

 

Glad to see that some of the books made you smile.

 

I find that re-reading books is like visiting old friends - they're comfortable, familiar, and comforting.

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My most favorite books of all time are The Saggy Baggy Elephant by Kathryn and Byron Jackson and Tawny Scrawny Lion by Kathyrn Jackson. I also like the 2 Harry the Dirty Dog and Harry by the Sea, but I can't remember the author's name.

 

And from when the kids were young, I like Where The Wild Things Are.

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