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January 6, 2013


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Favorite books as a child...

meowsap Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What were your favorite books to read growing up? Please share!!! :)

Some of my favorites were:

"The Thieves of Tyburn Square" by Dave and Neta Jackson - A historical fiction involving Elizabeth Fry, a quaker woman who wanted to reform prison life for women. I loved this book! Actually, they had a whole series of books, "Trailblazers," focused on different missionaries and reformers.

"The Land of Oz" by Frank L. Baum - This was just a fun story all around. I ended up reading several other Oz books, but this was my favorite.

Sweet Valley Girls series by Francine Pascal - I have the first 20-something books for the elementary level series.

My Very First Golden Bible - This collection of Bible stories had great illustrations and really inspired me!

"Socks" by Beverly Cleary - A cute story about a cat named Socks! First book to make me cry!

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DSiwek Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
'Silverwing' by Kenneth Oppel :)
CaluluWind Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
I liked manga as a little kid, and I still do, and my favorite was Sailor Moon.
I also liked the Eloise storybooks.
Kreistina26 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
The Outsiders and Catcher in the Rye
buneep Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
I loved the Boxcar Children series when I was growing up. There were many others that I liked, but off the top of my head that's probably my favorite. (:
ethanoI Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The Harry Potter series was one of my favourites, along with Goosebumps. I also loved anything about bears or teddies
collapsingdream Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist
The Secret Garden was my absolute favorite. I had a bunch of other favorites, but I forgot the author's name. If I were to see it, I would recognize it right away.
Xin-tetsu Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Student Interface Designer
The Warriors, all the way! :#1:
Also Jungle Book, Redwall series, Carbonel: the King of the Cats (by Barbara Sleigh). I loved a lot of animal books.
Endaewen Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I wore out a copy of the Lord of the Rings as a kid. Other than that, I remember reading my way through the Saddle Club series, the Thoroughbred series and a lot of other horse stories, dog stories, Nancy Drew series etc.
GUERRILLAcartoonz Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I had a lot of the Little Golden Books, though I sadly don't remember them all. The only one that I can remember offhand that was a definite favorite was The Poky Little Puppy. My mum says that she definitely thought that it was my most favorite of all time, because I always made her read it to me. Peter Rabbit was also a favorite of mine. :lol:
I also had a lot of Dr. Seuss's stories (I have a whole book of them somewhere...). My definite favorites from him were The Lorax, Horton Hatches an Egg, The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Green Eggs and Ham.
I also read the Chet Gecko Mysteries a lot, too... and I still read them even now. :lol:
Kid-Tarakona Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Student General Artist
I've always enjoyed Roald Dahl's books, especially The BFG, The Enormous Crocodile, The Giraffe and The Pelly and Me and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I also used to love the Animal Ark series by Lucy Daniels.

One book that I really loved when I was very young was Cuddly Dudley, about a penguin who was always trying to find some privacy away from his annoying siblings, who can't resist hugging him. To this day, I still know the whole story off by heart.
Kha-ttana Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
Have you heard of the Wolf Brother series by Michelle Paver? It's set in the stone age and is both historical and fictional at the same time. I loved it as a kid. :)
Ghost-of-the-Forest Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
When I was a little kid I loved the magic tree house series and the junie B jones books. Those are the only books I remember ever reading as a little kid.
Breakaway13 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Mine were: Tuck Everlasting, The Kid in the Red Jacket, The Indian in the Cupboard (also a movie) and a few others :P
Uranus-seventhsun Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist
I read a bunch of Oz books, too; they were fun.

I read a lot of Hardy Boy and the Three Investigator mysteries(not Nancy Drew-yuck; such a Mary Sue) , and Enid Blyton's the Secret Seven and the Famous Five. Sexist and unrealistic, I know, but I grew up believing boys did interesting stuff, while girls did boring stuff. Girl characters were one word: boring.

I also liked Sweet Valley as an older teen, especially the earlier books. Dunno why, it's trash, but I was in the trashy romance stage in my life. They merely reinforced my belief that girls do boring stuff, though.

The Childrens Bible, the text was substantial, the illustrations were realistic and gritty. Not light and fluff like some other children's bibles.

Watership Down. It blew my mind, such a rich world and well developed characters. Hazel was such a clever, unique character. I read that once every year for years.

The Big Book of Facts, which my mother got me for my 11th birthday. It was a big, fat book. I also read all of the children's encyclopedias in our house, especially about science, planets and animals. There were no encyclopedias for adults in the house, otherwise I would have devoured those, too.
Lamia5 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Growing up, is struggled with reading but as soon as i read the Horrid Henry books they helped me a lot, and now I'm a total book worm, reading books in less than a week (But i do actually take the story in)and now i now I've gone from being crap at English, to being in the top set. Bonus.
kayanne21 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
When I was really little, my parents used to read a book named "Spider" to me all the time while my grandparents used to read a book called "Tailipo" Not spelling that remotely right.

From 5 years on, I pretty much glued to the Goosebumps series.
eirlude Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
I loved the Warriors series! I think they're still going on, but I haven't read them in a long time and the names of the characters are just a jumble of syllables to me now XD
TTFNJinx Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Student Interface Designer
When I was in kindergarten and first grade I loved the Junie B. Jones books by Barbra Park. XD I turned out a lot like that kid when I was younger. Go figure.

When I was in middle school I enjoyed those Camp Confidential books and the Madison Finn books. Sadly in 7th grade after reading the Twilight series in less than a week I stopped reading teen books like those from Judie Bloom and started going into science fiction and fantasy books. I've been hooked on those ever since!
anwaarsaleh Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I read too many stories as a child but my favorite were the complete Grimms' fairytales book. I used to love huge books and that book was definitely one of my favorite books which I read many times.
CaelusBlade Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember that I used to love the Pony Pals series by Jeanne Betancourt, and The Unicorns of Balinor, by Mary Stanton.
Earth-Wanderer Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student Artist
I'm a bit of a Fantasy nerd, as was foretold by my reading when I was a kid :P :D
the Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart (illustrated by the BEST ILLUSTRATOR EVER Chris Riddel :) )
His Dark Materials Pullman
Percy Jackson Rick Riordan
oh and of course the Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilky :)
and I started reading the glorious Discworld Novels when I was 13 so I guess they count
Lord of the Rings/Hobbit naturally
Eragon series
and my dad read the Harry Potter books to me as a kid. not my favourites, but I still loved them
and I finally read the Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman a few weeks ago, something I'd seen when I was younger but never read it
Thanks for putting this up, it was nice recollecting some old faves :)
MentalAsylumRules Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I enjoyed Magic Tree House series and The Hobbit. I can't really think of anything else, but when I was little I loved Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs :)
singagainsoon Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Peter Pan
The Little Prince
Charlotte's Web
Trumpet of the Swan
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

When I was about eleven, I really liked Flipped.
BlueberryCrazy Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
I looooved books growing up, still do! :)

Before I started school some of my favourites were,
Where the forest meets the sea by Jeannie Baker----- [link]
I could sit looking at the pictures for hours when I was a kid :)
The Store Bought Doll----this was a Little Golden Book, I don't know who wrote it but I would fall asleep hugging this book, lol
The Hungry Caterpillar---- Eric Carle
Green eggs and ham------------ Dr Zeuss

And then when I got a bit older
the Harry Potter series!
Iggy and Boa -----can't remember the authors name
Mathilda, The BFG, George's Marvellous Medicine------- Roald Dahl
National Geographic magazine...I used to imagine that I was a photographer travelling the world to take amazing photos ;)
Farbtropfen Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student General Artist
I think the greatest of all were the Harry Potter books! It was like a tradition for my aunt and me to buy the them together on the first day they were published. I always was looking forward for the next book to come out :D
And I still love to read them :D
UniversalKiwi Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Most of them were biology books. I looked at the pictures, and decided to actually read them later. Then I took a look at them again and laugh at some of the outdated info.

Harry Potter was also part of my childhood, though I've outgrown it.

I don't quite remember the rest, though.
GuillermoGage Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Holes by Louis Sachar, age 9.

Into the Jaws of Doom, a 1998 gamebook/"choose-your-own-adventure" book. It was R.L. Stine's first gamebook and I remember it being really creepy/funny and clever, and stands on it's own, so don't fret about it technically being a Goosebumps book. It is about you getting left behind in a field trip at a museum, and it is full of over-the-top violence (sort of) and cool improvised weapons.

Dragonworld, a 1977 book by people named Byron Preiss and Michael Reeves,with over eighty pages of illustrations by Joseph Zucker. It is a really sweet book and has almost nothing to do with actual dragons.
GuillermoGage Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Also, Dragonworld 1979 is,from what I remember very thematically similar to The Underland Chronicles, which I began reading only a few months later in the fall of 2003.
GuillermoGage Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually Dragonworld was from 1979. Still crazy underrated and a great example of a kid-friendly fantasy novel that is just one standalone book.(560 pages, but at least eighty of those are illustrations). (It actually got a 1981 computer game sequel).
Cindertwig Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
The Harry Potter books, Bilbo, diffirent fables and fairytales also a very lod tale about a small girl (fairy?) that lived in an orange tree and she took care of the oranges watching them grow untill some people took them from her and she was alone.
xbetrayalx Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Firebringer by David Clement-Davies was always my favourite. It was about deer who were at war. Looking back it seems really odd but I loved it so much. I remember seeing it at a book fair after I wanted to buy it for ages and freaking the fuck out.
Werewolfe1 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
TheNimster Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Jack London's "Call of the Wild" and Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe" .
UBOA-CHAN Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pretty much all of the Ramona Quimby books and the Junie B Jones books
ragnaice Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The Hardy Boys (the old hardcovers from the 1930's-60's)
Nancy Drew
Bob Morane (a french series also from the 50's/60's)
Enid Blyton's Adventure series - I read a lot of my dad's books when I was younger...
Harry Potter
His Dark Materials
Chris Wooding's Broken Sky
Jostein Gaarder's The Solitaire Mystery
....and a lot more.
meowsap Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, thanks for sharing! My parents liked the Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew series too, and we still have the old copies somewhere - but I think I read only one! :(
CameronGreig Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
My favorite children's book are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking-Glass.
meowsap Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for sharing! :) Good pick!
AngelsDead Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
mine was heidi <3
meowsap Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah! I want to read that one. :)
AngelsDead Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
theheh I only have the dutch version :/ so I cant send it to you sadly
meowsap Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, it's fine. :) I'm probably going to buy it eventually. It was my grandmother's favorite.
AngelsDead Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
it is mine also :D
it's really a good book ;)
PetiteHands Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Childcraft Books - when I was in 2nd grade, my aunt bought them from the U.S for us. I couldn't stop reading them.
Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective
Sherlock Holmes
Classics like Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Anne of Green Gables, Heidi, etc. - I still have those pocketbooks.. haha.
There's A Boy in the Girls Bathroom
A Twinkle in Time series
I like Sweet Valley too :)
And yeah.. I also liked to read My Very First Golden Bible when I was a kid.
meowsap Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've never head of the Childcraft books...who is the author?
The classics are always a good pick! :)
Aw, I'm glad to hear you liked some of my faves, too. X3
PetiteHands Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It has various authors and subjects (children's stories, arts, science, math, etc.). I really liked it. Check it out online for an overview :)
BattlePearl Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Charlottes web
The biggest sandwich in the world
Tom finds monsters
Green eggs and ham
The trumpet swan
meowsap Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good picks, thanks for sharing! :)
meowsap Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for sharing!!! :)
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