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July 14 2009 @ 11:16 am
Children's Book
What was your favorite children's book when growing up? Why was it so special to you?

The reason I ask is because my cousin is having a baby shower and her idea is to have all the guests bring a book they are willing to give up but I don't have a lot of children's books I will give up so I'm wondering about what were favorites to you. Any age because she's building a library for over her little girl's years.

A book I really loved as a kid was Imogen's Antlers. It is about a little girl who wakes up with antlers and her family is just crazed to get rid of them. They trying everything and finally come to the conclusion that there is nothing that can be done. Then the next morning she wakes and they are gone, but when she goes downstairs to show everyone they are shocked because now she has peacock feathers. I remember loving this book so much. I bought it for my niece and she loved it.

Also, there was a small book call Monster at the End of the Book. It was a Sesame Street book with Grover. The entire time you read Grover is scared and trying to prevent you from turning the pages and getting to the monster at the end of the book but when you do get there... guess who the monster is?

Those are two I plan on getting for my new cousin but I need some more suggestions.

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tracyj23: Reading - with teatracyj23 on July 14th, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC)
I never read Imogen's Antlers. It sounds good though.

Some of my personal favourites were The Secret Garden and A Little Princess (Frances Hodgson Burnett). They're for an older girl, but they're classics and I still reread them every now and then.

For younger kids I discovered one recently called "Click, Clack Moo, Cows That Type" (Doreen Cronin). It's absolutely HILARIOUS. There are others in the series too but they're all hardcover and fairly expensive. I got the softcover through the Scholastic book order from school. It's definitely worth it as a gift though.

I'll see if I can think of some more and come back.
Jill aka Jo: SPN: I'll man the flashlightsireesanwar on July 14th, 2009 09:43 pm (UTC)
Imogen's Antlers is really fun.

I like the idea of getting her some books for older kids. Then she'll have them later.

I'm going to look into that Click Clack Moo book because it sounds cute.
tvaddictgurltvaddictgurl on July 14th, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Where the Wild Things Are
Harold and the Purple Crayon
The Giving Tree (this one still makes me cry)
Where the Sidewalk Ends
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy

(I could go on and on)
Jill aka Jo: Outlander: Jamie Gabriel Aubreysireesanwar on July 14th, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
Ooo fun list. I love it. I love Shel Silverstein! Absolutely love him. I should get her those but I'm thinking it can wait.

I'll definitely look into these.
Becky: SG1 Daniel readingbeeej on July 14th, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
Old Black Witch was a favorite of mine, but unfortunately, it looks as though it's out of print now, and therefore, expensive.

I also loved the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books, and hurrah! They're still in print. :)

Jill aka Jo: Hug: Hug o warsireesanwar on July 14th, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
I've never head of either of these.

I do love the idea of the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books.
Surreal and Anndiesurranndie on July 14th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
I loved Monster at the End of the Book! So cute!

I agree - Secret Garden and Little Princess are still ones I read. Bernstein Bears is always good for quick picture books too - there were so many. The Spider and the Fly is another good one.

For a little bit older set (probably 8-10 years old, depending on maturity) is Gone-Away Lake and Return to Gone-Away. It's about three cousins who spend a summer at a lake that in the 1920s used to be a fabulous vacation site. It's set in the 1950s I believe, but still fun.

Anything Beverly Cleary is good too - Ramona Quimby, etc.
Jill aka Jo: Goodie: Cupcakessireesanwar on July 14th, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
Wasn't it. I love Grover.

I forgot about the Bernstein Bears. I didn't read many of them but those were pretty good books for kids.

Never heard of them but I will look them up.

birggittbirggitt on July 14th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, my! I can't ever remember to had read children's books!
At six, I was reading Salgari's Sandokan books, and Julio Verne, and Jack London. I read Travels with Charley at 9, just because there was a dog in it!
My parent's library was huge, and I was free to read whatever I wanted, as much as I could get it without climb on a chair *laughs*
And I believe the first book my son read by itself was Tolkien's The Hobbit. Of course, I'd already read it to him, along with a lot of creative reading of Greek and Nordic Myths and The Little Prince and. of course, as soon as he was able to, he took possession of both, mine and my parents library.
I just... I don't know, I believe any kid would love Jack London books: White Fang; The Call of the Wild; Jerry of the Island; Michael, Brother of Jerry... and Julio Verne... and Isaac Asimov's I, Robot... and... and... and...
Not a big help, am I?
Jill aka Jo: SPN: Rock Paper Scissorssireesanwar on July 14th, 2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
Not really children's books but books I hope she reads someday.
Eaiva le Fayeaivalefay on July 14th, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
That's a hard question, but I have always sucked at choosing favorites.

Dr. Seuss was always wonderful. There's no children's book like the Seuss books, and the way words (and nonwords) are manipulated is fabulous. ...I still love those books. *g*

Mother Goose's rhymes were also great. I still have that particular volume somewhere, but it's very old and out of print.

Growing up I also loved A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

There were others, but I forget the names at the moment. I have endless lists of other books too, but I think those fall more into pre-teen/teen years, alas. I'll drop a line if I think of the other children's books though!
Jill aka Jo: Misc: Kermit & Fozziesireesanwar on July 14th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
Sounds good. They don't have to be too young because I have a feeling this little girl will be reading beyond her years. Most of that family does.

Still I want her to be able to understand it. Thanks so much.
Eaiva le Fay: Garfield Loveeaivalefay on July 16th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
I don't know if the themes are child-friendly, but the Grimm's Fairy Tales were always fascinating to me.

Other books that came to mind, but vary in age group:
The Lemony Snicket series
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Island of the Blue Dolphin by Scott O'Dell (loved that when I was little)
Island of the Aunts
Just Ella
Ella Enchanted
The Giver by Lois Lowry
And Patricia C. Wrede's Enchanted Forest books, particularly the first two--Dealing for Dragons and Searching for Dragons--were fabulous.

But as I said, these vary in age group, and I can't recall my own very first books past Suess, Mother Goose, Grimm, and a couple others. There was one that my parents special ordered that had "me" in it, and another that is religion oriented (Tibetan) about how children pick the families they join. Sadly, I had an extensive set on some series that I don't remember. It's bugging me now, but I don't have any of the books anymore!
Jill aka Jo: DH: dollssireesanwar on July 16th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
Wow! That is a lot of good suggestions. I'm going to keep them in mind. I think this little girl is going to be set for life.
turple_purtle: books/readingturple_purtle on July 15th, 2009 12:57 pm (UTC)

I don't remember the particulars, but I do remember Mrs. Piggle Wiggle.

Other options aside from those mentioned:
- Beatrix Potter, can't go wrong with those (maybe not all of them, but one or two)
- Sweet Pickles series, if you can find them http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_b?url=node%3D4&field-keywords=sweet+pickles
- The Wind in the Willows
- All Creatures Great and Small or other James Herriott books
Jill aka Josireesanwar on July 16th, 2009 05:43 pm (UTC)
Beatrix Potter is a given but I can see that being given by someone else.

All Creatures Great and Small! Good one!

catcey: Black and white kittycatcey on July 16th, 2009 01:21 am (UTC)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. I read this book so many times from my elementary library that my mom swore I'd wear it out.

Recently a friend had a shower and they had us bring a book too. Most were baby books that the baby could chew on and such, but I took Charlie. They asked us to write why we chose the book inside and told the parents that even though the baby wouldn't be able to read it until later they could read it to him.

It is my fave because it is so fantastical and involves chocolate! I loved the Gene Wilder movie, but refuse to see the Johnny Depp version even though I love JD. The commercials for it made me cringe and I knew I'd just be mad if I ever watched it so I won't ever. Willy Wonka is the first movie I vividly remember going to at the age of five, so it and the book are dear to my heart.
Jill aka Jo: SGA: Sheppardsireesanwar on July 16th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
Yes! That is awesome and you are right her parents can read it to her.

I would say Johnny's version was funny but not as good.