Friday, April 30

Childhood Favourites

As a child, I was constantly reading. In grade two, my teacher actually accused me of merely "skimming" books rather than reading them, because there was no way someone my age was reading 4-5 novel length books in a week. She wasn't the brightest teacher-- she used to throw sharpened pencils at her students. Anyway...

Regardless of genre, I devoured every novel I could get my grubby little hands on. From Goosebumps to the Classics like The Hobbit, I read them all. At times, I still find myself picking up a book at the bookstore and thinking, "I've read this." I wish I had kept track back then, so I could buy some of the books that still taunt my memory. Alas, I did not.

However, there are some favourites that have stuck with me and I've read over and over again. Here are two of them:

Have you read either of these books? Did you love them as much as I did? What are some of your favourite books from your childhood?


  1. Yes, I've read both. Where the Red Fern Grows is so effing sad, though, that I haven't re-read it in a long, long time.

    I read a lot of high fantasy when I was young. Some of my favorites are Tarzan of the Apes and The Sword of Shannara.

  2. I've only read Where the Red Fern Grows. I loved the book, but it's so damn sad. IMO, Big Red was so much better just because the dog lives. (Don't get me started on Old Yeller.)

    My favorite book had to be The Mystical Beast by Allison Farthing. It was fun and a little silly and heroic. I also had a ton of these little books based on classic stories. I must've read the Robin Hood one and the Arthurian one a million times each.

  3. Know what you mean about books that made such an impression when young. My university course is partly concentrating upon this subject and the effect it has in later in life - upon those who become children's authors. My important children's book was the one that also influenced JKRowling to write for children, The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge.

  4. I read both in reading class in sixth grade. I love WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS, but I literally could not stand TUCK, EVERLASTING at that age. I may try it again now that it's been thirteen years.

    my childhood faves are THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, THE GIVER, many more.

  5. I've read Where the Red Fern Grows. I wanted to read Tuck Everlasting, but haven't yet. I thought about getting it for my daughter, she's almost 8.

  6. I haven't read either, but I picked up Tuck Everlasting for the kids. Aren't they both sad? (Eyes you suspiciously...)

  7. Where the Red Fern Grows is my all-time favorite childhood book! My sister and I read it together. To this day, we love the story of Old Dan and Little Ann.

  8. Tuck Everlasting *sigh*

    And what's up with throwing sharpened pencils?

    I was addicted to Choose Your Own Adventure books. And of course, Judy Blume.

  9. I read 'Where the Red Fern Grows' and loved it. I'm trying to remember the whole plot, but I remember it being very, very sad.

    I, too, wish I had kept track of everything I read during elementary thru high school! Going back now is such a daunting task. But it would be intersting to know.

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  10. LOVED Tuck Everlasting. My 5th grade teacher read it aloud to the class.

    I need to re-read that book. It's a classic.

  11. I reads Harold and the Purple Crayon all the time to my kids. I also got them the original Corduroy because I love it. i was hoping they would too! I used to read the hardback Nancy Drew books to my mom and she would fall asleep on me!

  12. Summer- Yeah, WtRFG is very sad. I tear up just thinking about it. I read a lot of David Eddings when I was 13/14 ish.

    B. E.- It really is very sad. I cry just thinking about it. Ohh I love anything to do with Robin Hood and King Arthur! I cant wait for the Robin Hood movie coming out in May! I hope they do a good job.

    Carole- I haven't read that story, but I adore JK Rowling. I started the HP series when it first came out-- I've been in it for the long haul, LOL.

    Jonathon- Grade 6?! I had to read Tuck in grade 3, but I'd read both of them in grade 2. Yeah, I adored reading as a child. I devoured mostly fantasy back then though.

    Cindy- I say go for it and give it to her. It's sad, but it's a very good book.

    Wendy- Haha yes, they're both sad. Where the Red Fern Grows is ball your eyes out, need ice cream for a week, sad. I read tons of happy novels when I was young, but those two stuck with me-- probably because they are so sad.

    Jennifer- Yep, it's one of my favourites =)

    Karen- I know, it's a wonderful book. OMG I know! My teacher was insane. I actually think she was removed the year after I left.

    Michele- You're welcome =)

    Amber- It is a classic. I love it.

    Lisa- Haha that's a running joke in our house. I always read to my parents before bed when I was younger and they always fell asleep. I'd have to nudge them awake and say I was ready for bed, LOL.


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