17 thoughts on “Reader Friday: Childhood Reading

  1. Oh. My. Goodness. Just one?

    BEAUTY by Bill Wallace, if I have to pick one. It’s about a boy who ends up at his grandfather’s farm for the summer and hates it. Then he meets Beauty, an older and set-in-her-ways mare on whom he learns to ride. It’s a lovely coming-of-age story with a heartbreaking end. I must have read it two dozen times.

    I think I’ll go read it again!

  2. Swiss Family Robinson. Everyone’s favorite, Old Yeller. Brighty of the Grand Canyon. Sorry. I tried to name just one. Couldn’t do it.

  3. Oh my. Too many too list. All the horsy classics like The Black Stallion, Misty of Chincoteaque, etc. Plus Hardy Boys books. Then as an older child began reading Zane Grey. Yep, way too many to list (or choose).

  4. Little Women – just the first half. Everything after Beth died was boring.

    Gone With the Wind – my summer beach book for years.

    When I was little, Blueberries for Sal.

  5. The Pokey Li’l Puppy, a Little Golden Book — the heartwarming story of a puppy who sneaked out of his home, explored the “wide world” and then came home and ate all four of his brothers’ and sisters’ desserts. The puppy was punished, but he did get those four extra desserts, which taught me some things are worth the risk. When I was a little older, I loved LITTLE WOMEN, arguably the first YA book. Naturally, I wanted to be Jo.

    • I loved ALL the Little Golden Books. I’m on a mission to find vintage copies of all of them. And Amen to your takeaway from The Pokey Li’l Puppy πŸ™‚

  6. The Boxcar Children. Read the series with my son and then reread it about five years ago. Still enjoy it.

  7. Babies by Gyo Fujikawa, Pat the Bunny, Richard Scary books. There were so many books in my house growing up. There still are. Right now, I can’t think of what was between pre-school books and middle school, but I am sure there were many.

  8. I especially loved Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time and the other books in that series. I loved the John Christopher Tripods series (The White Mountains, The City of Gold and Lead, The Pool of Fire, When the Tripods Came). I shared these books with my son when he was small, and he also loved them. He was an early reader and loved The Boxcar Children books that someone mentioned, too. As I child, I would read anything I could get my hands on. I remember one of my best friends would come over and spend the night on occasion (an avid reader like me) and we would peek at my mother’s bookshelf. Once we snagged a copy of The Godfather when we were in late elementary school and stayed up all night reading it.

  9. The Chalk Box Story by Don Freeman was the first book I fell in love with. My favorite books as I grew older were The Choose Your Own Adventure.

    Elaine- I used to read The Poky Little Puppy over and over. Love that book!!

    Alan P.- My house was full of Richard Scarry books too. I must have read Scarry’s Please and Thank You book a million times. πŸ™‚

  10. Little Golden Books, particularly Rootie Kazootie Detective. Who would have thought it?

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