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Children’s Books

Do you have a favorite children’s book? Either one that you loved as a child, or one that you discovered later, and still enjoy? Tell us about it!.

I grew up in Hong Kong, where kids were imbued with more traditional Chinese tales. I didn’t get to read much of the Western children’s classics until I grew out of adolescence. One exception is Aesop’s Fables, which continued to manifest in English course reading lists during elementary school years. The fables and their morals continue to charm modern readers: who does not know the story of the tortoise and the hare, or the boy who cried wolf? I didn’t own a copy until a friend gifted it to me for my birthday. Aesop’s Tales (Oxford World’s Classics) contains more than 600 tales, arranged in themes, and many of which come from sources never before translated into English. Also an Oxford’s Classics, I only read The Wind in the Willows for the first time when I turned 30. Does that make me a big kid?

12 Responses

  1. Funny…I also just read Wind and the Willows for the first time about 2 years ago. I think my favorite children’s book was probably Charlotte’s Web.

  2. I read The Wind in the Willows when I was a child, but I’ve reread it as an adult, and still love it. I’m also a big fan of Aesop’s Fables – that was one of the first books I checked out of the library when I got my first library card. I always loved the tale about the grasshopper and the ants.

  3. Aesop’s Fables are so beloved by so many. I’d love to read them all but have to confess I am only familiar with the most popular ones.

  4. My favorite has always been Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien.

  5. One that is not as well known but certainly worthy is “Goodnight, Mr. Tom” set in WWII England by Michelle Magorian.

  6. I can’t remember the titles of many books I read as a kid, but I do remember The Shark in the Window and The Incredible Flight to the Mushroom Planet. They’re out of print and sell for expensive sums.

    I have a fondness for Where the Wild Things Are and The Giving Tree, because of the themes.

    We have several children’s authors here in Atlanta: Eric Litwin, Laurel Snyder, and Deborah Wiles. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes can make kids’ faces light up by just saying the name, and Countdown was a fascinating combination of story and images from the ’60s.

    My favorite children’s book of late are Knuffle Bunny and It’s a Book! Knuffle Bunny combines photographs of the setting with the characters drawn in, and It’s a Book! just has a great message for people who likes books. I love the last line!

  7. The Littlest Angel! I remember reading this book aloud to my mother in the kitchen while she prepared dinner. I was 6 or 7, and it was a difficult read, but I loved the accomplishment. Chippy Chipmunk Takes a Vacation is another that I recall enjoying. Cherry Ames, The Happy Hollisters. I did not read many of the big ones until I took Childrens’ Literature in college. I have been hooked on “kiddie lit” ever since. I love Knuffle Bunny and The Pigeon Books, Charlotte’s Web, Ramona, The Fairy Tale books (lilac, yellow, etc.), W in the W, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit and The Fellowship, Anne of Green Gables, and on and on.

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