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I Want to Know Your Favorite Book From Childhood

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    I grew up in a reading family

    which was odd for our situation (Old Order Amish, not usually well read) and was always surrounded by library books and book discussions. I'm no genius or anything but I was reading early middle school level when I was 5 simply because of the encouragement and guidance of my...
    Retronatrix Retronatrix 31-35, F Jan 26, 2014

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    The book from childhood

    which changed my life and made me want to be a writer was A Wrinkle in Time--Madeleine L'Engle
    Dustyghost Dustyghost 46-50, M 2 Responses Jan 21, 2014

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    My favorite book when I was a child believe it

    or not was the bible. I was already reading it by the age of around six or seven. I'm not sure if I understood it but I loved the stories.
    gardengirl17 gardengirl17 22-25, F Jun 24, 2014

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    loveyourselfalwaysxx loveyourselfalwaysxx 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 26, 2014

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    The Enid Blyton series were my absolute faves.

    They fascinated me so much especially the english. I grew up in the Philippines, and the english in these books were so proper I don't know lol I thought it was cool. They were all fairytales but really cool ones kinda like Alice in Wonderland freaky
    xxXxSkyxXxx xxXxSkyxXxx 18-21, F Jul 19, 2014

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    The giver, the watsons go to Birmingham,

    aaaand all the first 3 Harry potters.
    Motherofkings3 Motherofkings3 22-25, F May 29, 2014

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    Tales of a fourth grade nothing

    Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume. I remember reading that book with my brother, who is 2 years younger, when we were little kids. We would take turns reading chapters and we laughed hysterically for hours. This is one of my most cherished childhood memories.
    lauren71 lauren71 41-45, F 1 Response Dec 8, 2013

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    My Favorite Childhood Book

    the rainbow fish! omg i swear no other kid ever got to read it at my school cus i always had it lol. and another thing... i liked the way it smelled. anybody else out their like the smell of books?
    Zephyr8 Zephyr8 22-25, F 4 Responses Apr 26, 2011

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    Where I'd Like To Be-A ghost saved

    twelve-year-old Maddie's life when she was an infant, her Granny Lane claims, so Maddie must always remember that she is special. But it's hard to feel special when you've spent your life shuffled from one foster home to another. And now that she's at the East Tennessee Children...
    Selah94 Selah94 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 27, 2014

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    Newbattle7 Newbattle7 51-55, M Jan 24, 2014

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    Charlotte's Web and a Wrinkle In Time

    Definitely remember Charlotte's Web!! And a Wrinkle in Time had me totally captivated.  Being a Canadian and nature lover, I also have a little warm spot for Farley Mowat...Lost in the Barrens comes to mind.
    gammarayburst gammarayburst 41-45, M 2 Responses Apr 3, 2008

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    The Goosebumps series were my favourite.

    In particular Don't Go To Sleep.
    Romanadvoratrelundar Romanadvoratrelundar 22-25, M Apr 22

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    Little Blue Bird Books and Something I Can't Remember..

    It was about a little girl named Sasha and she was captured by an old woman and taken to a house that was old and run down and had chicken legs. But it had a happy ending... Can't remember the name of the book. And a book series about mice who were named after spices, my dad read...
    lovelask lovelask 22-25, F 1 Response May 6, 2008

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    The Wind In The Willows

    Love this book and would recommend it to anyone.
    RawRedhead RawRedhead 41-45, F 3 Responses Jun 16, 2010

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    I Loved Dr. Suess!

    those were my favs-all of them- plus wheres waldo and can u find it? and clifford and the lil mermaid and mickey mouse and minny mouse..hehehe NOW my fav are romances...when i was 11-15 they were teen paranormal fiction
    lilfallenangel lilfallenangel 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 10, 2008

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    My Favorite Childhood Book...

    Is definitely The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyyton but I also love the Sweet Valley Twins books
    justmeand11 justmeand11 22-25 1 Response Nov 10, 2013

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    My mother used to read to us from Shel

    Silverstein's "A Light In The Attic" as well as "Where The Sidewalk Ends". My favourite books as a kid were by Roald Dahl. I liked his autobiography Boy and Going Solo in particular.
    canichangethislater canichangethislater 26-30, M Feb 25, 2014

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    Childhood Books

    Really Young: Goodnight Moon Child: Matilda
    SweetbriarPoet SweetbriarPoet 26-30, F 10 Responses Jul 10, 2008

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    Two Childhoods

    At 10, in primary school, in the days when there were men teachers, our teacher read "The Hobbit" to us on Friday afternoons. In the days before targets, outcomes and objectives when teachers were allowed to indulge their interests. I already had a love for reading, it helps in...
    smoulder smoulder 46-50, M 5 Responses Jan 6, 2012

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    The Giving Tree By Shel Silverstein

    This book has always and will always be the book I love the most and hate the most. Even today I cannot read it without feeling a large range of emotions wash over me. Whenever I'd read the book or the book was read to me one line in particular always stood out. It made me want...
    OddHollow OddHollow 26-30, F Sep 27, 2013

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    The Kittens Who Lost Their Mittens

    Ahh, what a classic. Just a simple story about good behaviour = rewarding, with some fun rhyming. When I was tiny, I felt so sad when the kittens got in trouble for losing their mittens. They had those strings on 'em and everything! The mom cat seemed a little cross, but she...
    FallaciesAppease FallaciesAppease 26-30, M 15 Responses Jun 25, 2008

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    Jeff Roberts, RailroaderWell,

    it might not be the very tip-top favorite but I can't actually pick a tip-top favorite so it will do for this moment in my life.I remember reading it in seventh or eighth grade. From that reading I only remember a couple of incidents but when it was my turn, forty years later...
    CFOM CFOM 66-70, M 3 Responses Dec 8, 2013

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    Favsiththe

     The Lonely Doll!!! I think this is #1. I also loved Little Bear, By Else Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak. I loved the Berenstein Bears series, and the Golden books and Dr. Suess of course. I loved Disney's Snow White and Scooby Doo that I had...
    BrokenDoll BrokenDoll 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 19, 2009

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    The Velveteen Rabbit

    This was my absolute favorite as a child, I had my parents read either this or Where the Wild Things Are every night before I went to bed. It's such a touching story.I just remember always being so worried every time my parents read it that this time, he wouldn't become a real...
    KeasbeyNights KeasbeyNights 22-25, M 7 Responses Dec 2, 2010

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    Tuck Everlasting

    I absolutely loved the book Tuck Everlasting. I loved it so much that I wrote the author and told her how much I loved the book and she sent me a letter back. Huge highlight of my childhood. I still have the book I carried around and her letter. :)
    CreativeUsername316 CreativeUsername316 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 20, 2013

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    Hope For the Flowers

    "Hope For The Flowers" was about two caterpillars in love, Stripe & Yellow. Although they were in love, Yellow wanted more so she left to become a butterfly. Stripe searched for her & was caught up in the "caterpillar pillar" that led to nowhere. It's...
    QuixoticKidEternity QuixoticKidEternity 31-35 5 Responses May 5, 2008

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    "anne Of Green Gables."

    Has to still be my favorite book. Love all of it, but especially when she makes that fake apology to that mean old lady .... Mrs. Lind, I think? Great book for any girl who has sometimes felt like a fish out of water, as I often have.
    sarahcantstop sarahcantstop 26-30, F 7 Responses Jun 11, 2012

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    IT Wasn't the Stork!!!

    This is embarrassingly funny.In third grade my teacher asked each student to bring their favorite book from home.Everyones name would go into a drawing.one would selected, that child would read their secret story to the class.Mine I chose "how babies are made...
    akaaka akaaka 36-40 4 Responses Apr 12, 2008

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    Paddington Bear

     ! I used to love Paddington Bear stories .. and I still do!
    Orangetas Orangetas 51-55, F 19 Responses Jul 10, 2008

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    I can't say this was my favorite book

    but definetly one of the most memorable. My grandmother had a book full of short stories that she would read to us when we stayed the night at her house. One of those stories was about daddies going to work and the type of work they did (it was an old book). At some point in my...
    kayakgirl08 kayakgirl08 36-40, F 1 Response Mar 30

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    Ferdinand the Bull

    I love the pictures, especially when he was about to sit on the bee and I loved saying picadores etc out loud and I loved thinking about him still sitting there under the cork tree smelling the flowers.  I read it to my children too.
    smilingfaces smilingfaces 46-50, F 3 Responses Jul 5, 2009

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    It was Treasure Island,

    by Robert Louis Stephenson.
    HectorSavage HectorSavage 36-40, M Apr 20

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    Love You Forever.

    A mother held her new baby and very slowly rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And while she held him, she sang: I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, As long as I'm living my baby you'll be. The baby grew. He grew and he grew and he grew...
    matthewsmommy matthewsmommy 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 17, 2008

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    When I was younger, Enid Blyton's books always

    interested me. I read a lot, including Harry Potter, but those two are the ones that stick in my mind the most.
    themangoqueen themangoqueen 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 22, 2014

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    Paddy the Beaver

    Paddy the Beaver was my favorite book as a kid. It was a really cute story about a beaver who made his little dam and stuff. I don't remember the story that well, but I remember the way Paddy was sassy and I loved him. I read it quite a few times, more than anyother book. 
    TheBattleWithin TheBattleWithin 22-25, F 4 Responses Aug 14, 2009

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    A Wrinkle In Time

    Anything by Roald Dahl, Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Beautiful Joe, Pollyanna, too many to name. What a lovely question.
    TKD1 TKD1 46-50, F Aug 30, 2013

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    Bobbsey Twins

    When I started to read for myself, not be read to, my Nana introduced me to the Bobbsy Twin series.  I wonderful way to get a child into the habit of reading.  The stories were silly and fun and just right for a little girl.  She would hand me each new book...
    LilAnnie LilAnnie 56-60, F 1 Response May 4, 2008

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    Harold and the Purple Crayon

    What could be better than a child transforming their world, armed with nothing more than footie pajamas and a single purple crayon?  Ah, what a terrific book!!!
    hippieheart hippieheart 41-45, F 2 Responses Apr 3, 2008

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    The Fat Cat

    What a great book from my childhood. It's a Danish story about a cat who goes around eating everything he can, including two people. Not to worry though because at the end they cut him open and everything he has eaten comes out okay. The cat survives and has two white bandages in...
    shoreguyct shoreguyct 46-50, M 1 Response Aug 30, 2013

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    My favourite stories from childhood include:

    Holly Clause, all of the Junie B. Jones books, Where the Wild Things Are, Grimms fairy tales, Pretty Women, The Little Prince, Robin Hood, and many more. As a child I was a very avid reader, just as I am today.
    InexplicableKy InexplicableKy 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 20, 2014

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    The Very Hungry Caterrpillar

    I Loved that book. You can now get colour your own very hungry caterpillar, its so cool! Also, The Busy World of Richard Scarry when I was really young, with the worm that drives an apple round town. Twas amazing. Then The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark. Then the generic...
    Tesse Tesse 18-21, F 5 Responses Apr 3, 2008

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    Remember Amelia Bedelia?

    I remember, when I was little, anytime I would get sick, my mother would make a day out of it. She would take me to Fort Jackson,on the army base, to get seen by the doctor. After that we would go eat at burger king, this is when they made their own pizzas. Yum! Then we would go...
    Heaven345 Heaven345 31-35, F 2 Responses Dec 7, 2012

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    Richard Scary's Big Nursery Rhyme Book

    I still have that book today! It has fallen apart from the binding and has torn pages but I have every page! Inside the cover my mom wrote the date she gave it to me (my 2nd Birthday) and a little message. I found the same exact book shortly after my daughter was born. The cover...
    emptyheart emptyheart 41-45, F 4 Responses May 4, 2008

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    This Experience Group Really Takes Me Back

    Animorphs and Boxcar Children. My absolute favorite books when I was a kid. Amazing stuff. R. L. Stine's Space Cadets: Jerks in Training is another fantastic one. A children's book that I didn't read til I was an adult was Bridge to Terebithia, it's incredible. Goosebumps were...
    BlueEyedGeekery BlueEyedGeekery 26-30, M Aug 27, 2013

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    There Were Four.

    Where the Sidewalk Ends -- I really admire Shell Silverstein, and would read this one all the time. Very creepy sometimes, by the way.Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark -- Hated these and loved them at the same time.  The artwork scared me so bad!Sideways Stories from Wayside...
    ThePlisken ThePlisken 18-21, M 1 Response May 7, 2013

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    Where the Wild Things Are

    Where the Wild Things Are A movie based on the book is coming out soon.  I can't wait to see it!
    imahag imahag 46-50, F 3 Responses Mar 30, 2009

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