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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


Little Lord Fauntleroy

Oliver Twist


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




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


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


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 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



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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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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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