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.
GUERRILLAcartoonzFeatured By OwnerMar 8, 2013Hobbyist 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. 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.
Kid-TarakonaFeatured By OwnerMar 8, 2013Student 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.
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.
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.
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!
I'm a bit of a Fantasy nerd, as was foretold by my reading when I was a kid 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
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
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 And I still love to read them
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.