Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The books you read

Homework (link)
~Do you have recommendations for books that haven't been mentioned yet? Who would enjoy them: a little girl, a 10-year-old boy, the whole family? Is it a read-it-yourself, or a read-it-to-me type book?
~If you were giving just one book to an infant grandchild, what would it be? A friend suggested Clotilda by Jack Kent. I like A You're Adorable by Martha Alexander. What's your favorite?
~Do you remember a special book from your childhood? Who read it to you?

These are the books from my youth. Every time I was sick (while we lived overseas) my mother would buy a new Nancy Drew for me to read. I've been smitten with books ever since.
(*I still have these original books from when I was a kid)

Books with Pictures:
Green Eyes by A. Birnbaum - one of the first books I remember
*A Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende and Harry Devlin
*The Maggie B. by Irene Haas - has the most amazingly gorgeous watercolor illustrations
*Tasha Tudor Book of Fairytales - started my love for all things fairytale
The Flying Hockey Stick by Jolly Roger Bradfield - this one is finally out again and is a very fun, adventurous story
*Drummer Hoff by Barbara Emberley - again great illustrations, especially fun when read with varying accents
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears by Verna Aardema - a great one to have on tape

Chapter books for older children:
*No Such Thing as a Witch by Ruth Chew - enchanted fudge that makes you understand animals, what's not to love here?
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White - and his other two Stuart Little & Trumpet of the Swan
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle - my very favorite that my mother read aloud to us
*Enchantress of Crumbledown by Donald Marshall (hard to find)
*Dot and the Kangaroo by Ethel Pedley
The Changeling by Zilpha Keatley Snyder - very interesting story about friendships and peer pressure
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White - and his other two children's books Stuart Little and Trumpet of the Swan
All of the Nancy Drew books through the 70's by Carolyn Keene
Trixie Belden series by Julie Campbell or Kathryn Kenny

I'm sure I'll think of some more later. What books do you remember from your growing up years?


Kristina P. said...

OK, when I was a teenager, I was OBSESSED with Nancy Drew. I read every one I could get my hands on. Also, The Hardy Boys.

Travelin'Oma said...

I've put a few of these on my list to look for. Thanks for the suggestions.

Jendeis said...

The Babysitters' Club books and the Laura Ingalls Wilder books were my Nancy Drew. I read 'em all.

Also loved:
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
The Westing Game (?)
Goodnight, Mr. Tom
All of a Kind Family (fantastic series!)

Elizabeth-W said...

My daughter doesn't always like what I liked, so I end up reading everything first before I give it to her.
Our most recent find is Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos, and we're waiting for Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris.

Elizabeth-W said...

Meaning, it's on hold at the library.

tiburon said...

Is it so sad that I really don't read?