Dewey’s Read-A-Thon: Back-in-the-Day Children’s Book Mini-Challenge

Good morning, readers!

Glad you’ve stopped by. Take a minute. Blink a little. Got those eye drops ready? (I DO.) Good. Now, relax that brain a little, we’re going back in time…

Read-A-Thon has taught me a few things. Namely, 2am is NOT always the best time to pick up a historical epic covering a couple millennia, in itty bitty type. It is a good time to pull some beloved children’s books off the shelf. Helps break up the monotony of plain old adult language. They’ve helped me get through some of the longer hours. Can you say 18pt font, anyone?

Green Gables, June 2009

I’m an Anne of Green Gables girl. Nothing can beat that imaginative redhead and her crazy adventures. The Boxcar Children, the Ramona books, and Hank the Cowdog were all childhood favorites of mine as well. As for more current titles, I’m a little rusty. It’s been a long time since I perused the children’s and young adult sections of my local bookstore (hello, Children’s Lit course in college that had a 500 book reading requirement).

What were some of your favorite children’s books when you were younger? Do you have any new favorites now that you’re an adult? Have you included any children’s or YA titles in your Read-A-Thon stack this year? Leave a comment and share!

11:00AM Central Time
Random number drawn — 122

Our winner is…

Kate at Read This Book!

I’ll be contacting you for your information, Kate. Congratulations and thanks to everyone for participating!

Enjoy your reading!

This is a mini-challenge for Dewey’s Read-A-Thon. This challenge will be open for entries (comments) for 3 hours. You must be signed up for Read-A-Thon to be eligible. After time is up, comments will close and a winner will be chosen using Random Integer Generator. The prize for this mini-challenge is a grab bag of Christmas/holiday themed titles by Louisa May Alcott, Mary Higgins Clark, and most likely some other folks as I’m fairly certain I’m going to throw in some other fun stuff for you! U.S. residents only, please.

141 Replies to “Dewey’s Read-A-Thon: Back-in-the-Day Children’s Book Mini-Challenge”

  1. My favorie Children’s book was and still is “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
    This is such an excellent book! I can just read it over and over, actually I have!

  2. I was just as voracious a reader as a child as I am now. I loved so many children’s books, especially things by Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume, the Anastasia Krupnik and Harriet the Spy books. I also loved Nancy Drew, and I’ve got a few Nancy Drews on the pile for late in the event.

  3. I loooove children’s books! My favourite books when I was younger were the Sweet Valley Twins, and Sweet Valley Kids series by Francine Pascal, also the Nancy Drew books [the yellow hardcover ones] and Bobbsey Twins!

    These books introduced me to the world of reading back when I was younger! And I haven’t looked back since!

  4. I loved The Giver, and I remember eating up those books with the little boy Fudge as the main character (and no that pun wasn’t intentional); and Harry Potter ruled my childhood as much as it does my adulthood.

    In my Read-A-Thon stack, I’m finishing the YA book Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness. I’m not a huge fan of YA books in general, but Ness’s Chaos Walking trilogy is top of the line.

  5. I loved the Anne of Green Gables and Little House series when I was a child, and I’ve reread them several times as an adult. My 11-year-old daughter, who is doing today’s read-a-thon with me, says her favourite is the Percy Jackson series.

  6. I loved Charlotte’s Web, A Wrinkle in Time and The Westing Game when I was younger. My read-a-thon pile has the first of the Harry Potter Series (which I’ve never read) and The Lightning Thief…so excited to read them!

  7. My favorite series growing up was the Babysitters Club and Babysitter’s Little Sister. I used to lay in bed for hours and hours reading book after book (they were small books and I could read fast) until my Mom came downstairs and took the book out of my hand, turned the light off (usually around 2am) and demanded I get sleep before school the next day. Though later she told me she had a hard time scolding me for reading!

  8. I’ve always been a Roald Dahl devotee, and Matilda is my favorite of them all (though The BFG is a close second). I read Matilda at least once a year, and as such, I’m on my fourth copy since the others have fallen apart with age and wear 🙂 Thanks for hosting this mini-challenge!

  9. When I was younger (say early ages 3-6) my mother would read me stories like Little Women and of course Dr. Seuss. I loved that and count that as the stem of my love of reading!

  10. As an adult, the majority of my reading is of children’s books. I am very proud of this!

    One of my new favorite reads from this last month was The Birthday Ball by Lois Lowry. It’s about a princess who has to choose a suitor on her sixteenth birthday, but all she wants to do is attend school in the village and get to know the peasants. It’s very cute and fun with an old-timey feel and a lot of humor.

  11. I adored Mother West Wind’s Animal Friends, the Shoes books by Noel Streatfield and all of the Little House on the Prairie books. If I get tired later, I might pull one of the Shoes books off the shelf – probably Circus Shoes or Ballet Shoes (I liked Petrova Fossil best!)

    My son (age 15) is doing read-a-thon with me, and his first selection this morning is Grimm’s Fairy Tales – so we’re in good shape from a children’s books perspective!

  12. My favorite book as a kid was “King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub.” The story is quite imaginative and the illustrations are gorgeous.

    New favorites…. gotta go with Harry Potter on this one. I love that series like I love coffee, and I’m a girl who loves her coffee.

    I’m actually starting out the readathon with a YA – “Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins. It arrived from the library just in time.

  13. Children’s Books:
    The first book I remember reading is the Cat in the Hat. I remember this book because it is the first book I read by myself. 😉 I loved the Betsy books as I got into chapter books. When I was a kid I didn’t enjoy being at home because it wasn’t a great environment. My favorite thing would be to get in my bed (top bunk with a window by it) and read. I would spend all day up there reading! Mom would take us to the library so I got a good selection of books…today going to the library or book store is still my favorite thing to do!

    My girls love Babycakes and any books about farms! My 4 year old loves books with pictures in the words so she can help me read. So fun, but they are so hard to find! She is also into Carebears and Princesses, so we read a lot of those books.

    I still love YA books. I am reading Hunger Games right now…loved Twilight, Harry Potter and 13 Reasons Why. 🙂

  14. I loved “Anne of Green Gables” too. I was also a big “Boxcar Children”, “Little House on the Prairie” fan as well. There was one book that always sticks out from childhood was “The Chimney Witches” a book from the UK that I have no idea how it found it’s way into my personal library. Very Harry Potter before Harry was about a girl who had witches who lived in her chimney and if she went into the chimney she could enter the witches “world” which was similar to her own only different. It always stuck with me. It’s out of print and I don’t think was ever published in the US but I loved it. One of the reasons I love being a children’s librarian so much is getting to read tons of kid and YA lit and being able to put it in their hands…and hope it becomes a favorite of to them as well.

  15. Man, I have lots. I loved The BabbySitters Club, Marissa Moss’ Amelia books, Little Women, the Boxcar Children, Little House on the Prairie, the Anastasia Krupnik series, Harriet the Spy! And more!

    I’ve got a few YA books in my ‘thon stack, including Sport, the third book in the Harriet the Spy series. I haven’t read it before, so I’m excited!

  16. My favorite books as a kid (and they are still some of my favorite kid’s books today) were the Alice books by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor and the Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace.

    I love Children’s Lit, and I still read a lot of it as an adult. My favorite book recently is When You Reach Me by Rebeccca Stead.

    I don’t have any kid’s lit books in my stack today, but I might add one in! 🙂

  17. I don’t remember any really young books I’ve read but I do remember the young adult ones. One I loved was I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade by Wilson. I love anything with horses! I have one YA title in my stack this year and it’s Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon!

  18. I was a big fan of everything by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I went through a phase where all I wanted was to be a pioneer out west! I also read through all of Scott O’Dell’s works as a kid, as well as Roald Dahl’s!

  19. I actually have a childhood favorite halloween book in my pile! It’s called Ghost Cat, by Beverly Butler. It was never a popular book and I doubt anyone’s heard of it, but I read it over and over as a kid. It’s about a girl who’s ancestor disappeared without a trace, and her cat (a ghost of course) is leading this great-great-granddaughter to her remains. 🙂

  20. The children’s book I’ve chosen for read-a-thon is also a banned book: A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine de L’Engle. I read this as a child, and was a little freaked out by Charles’ middle eye (or maybe I’m remembering wrong; I’ll find out later in the read-a-thon). Loved Harry the Diry Dog. Loved The Black Witch. Recently brought home my very first books: The Real Mother Goose (whose illustrations were scary to me) and The Bumper Book (I still recite some of the rhymes). More recently, I’ve enjoyed Walter the Farting Dog (in Latin, no less!) and 14 Cows for America — I hope one day our children will be as unselfish as the subjects of that book. As a librarian, I love My Librarian is a Camel, about libraries all over the world. As far as YA goes, I loved the Harry Potter release events and The Hunger Games. The Twilight Saga, nope. For nonfiction, I love helping kids find books about their favorite animals (my first patron was a little boy who wanted books about deer with big you-know-things). And, although few of the books have stuck with me over the years, I remember my introduction to the library at the East Marietta Branch in Marietta, GA, where I read everything in the children’s section, and my mother met with the librarian to give me permission to read everything else there. No YA at that time, really. There were children’s books and older children’s books.

  21. I love love love children’s and YA books. Harry Potter for sure, I grew up on, but that’s an obvious choice. Maniac McGee is probably one of the books I loved as a kid, and loved even more as an adult. I may read it tonight when I get tired, because it’s the kind of book that once I pick it up and start reading, I can’t stop. I’ve also always loved From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. I have a bunch of children’s books and YA in my pile to chose from. I may grab The Westing Game, Ramona the Pest, The Giver or Break. I’m going to be like a puppy with too many new kids to play with today.

  22. Answered on my blog, but I’ll copy/paste it here:

    My favourite books as a child were the Narnia books, especially Prince Caspian and Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and Anne of Green Gables — how many times did I read that? Probably far too many! When I was a little younger than that, it was Enid Blyton. They always made me hungry: so many midnight feasts!

    Now, my favourite children’s book is probably Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising. I read that first when I was sixteen or so, and it’s been a favourite since.

    (Hm, I hope HTML works here…)

  23. I loved Anne of Green Gables as well, I could have kicked myself for giving away those books when I grew up. I also loved The Box Car Children and Encyclopedia Brown. For this read-a-thon I am going back and reading a childhood favorite, Seaward by Susan Cooper. Actually the whole reason I remembered it to look up and read was thanks to a different mini-challenge back in April. Funny how that all worked out!

  24. Growing up, I loved Anne of Green Gables, the Baby-Sitters Club, and plenty of books by Judy Blume. There are so many great children’s books being published now that it makes me so happy that I have an interest in this genre and that I’m a parent.I love Maurice Sendak, Duck and Goose by Tad Hills, Charles R. Smith Jr. has plenty of great books with poetry.

  25. I posted on my blog too, but I’ll paste here

    My favorite book as a child was Euphonia and the Flood by Mary Calhoun. In fact, when I was pregnant with my first child, I paid entirely too much money to find that book and have it shipped to me. It’s been out of print for many years. Her saying in the book was “If a Thing’s Worth Doing, It’s Worth Doing Well.” It made a big impact on me, I still feel that way as an adult. Perhaps that’s why my blog being broken is irritating me so much. *laughing* I still read this book to my children and I still use the silly voices that my mom used with me. It makes me feel nostalgic for sure. As an adult… Okay, I’m going to admit it. I really love Wimpy Kid. I truly am a 12-year-old boy stuck inside of a 35-year-old woman 🙂

  26. What were some of your favorite children’s books when you were younger? I have always been a voracious reader. I particularly liked Heidi and Pollyanna. As I got older, I read as many Nancy Drew books as I could get my hands on.

    Do you have any new favorites now that you’re an adult? Oh my! They’re writing such wonderful books for kids now. I’ve enjoyed Harry Potter — though I’m not sure that they count as “children’s” books.

    Have you included any children’s or YA titles in your Read-A-Thon stack this year? Indeed. I’m going to read Into the Labyrinth by Roderick Townley. Last April, the last book I finished during the Read-a-Thon was The Great Good Thing, and it just seems fitting to read the sequel this time.

  27. My favorite books when I was younger were The Babysitter’s Club series, Boxcar Children, and Dear America series. I plan on reading at least a book each from all of these series at some point during the Read-a-Thon.

    As an adult, I very much enjoy YA. I just wish I had read more of these books when I was 14 or so. Some of my favorite YA books are Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

  28. My favorite children’s book is “The Theif of Always” by Clive Barker. It’s one of those books where it’s wonderful when you were younger, and it still has a lot of great meaning when you are an adult. The theme is be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. There is a reason we have rainy, dreary days and the month of February…

  29. It is always a toss-up between “Wind in the Willows” (the ultimate book about friendship and adventure) or “Alice in Wonderland”. I have read both many times in my life and each time I do, they take on richer meanings.

  30. When i just started reading, I liked to read winnie the pooh. I liked to sing along with him in” Pooh’s Favorite Reading Games” When I was about 10-12 I liked to read Nancy drew, the Bobbsey twins, Beverly Cleary and The boxcar children. Right now I like to read a variety of things, but I like” A Series Of Unfortunate Events” ( I have quite a few of those picked out to read today) and lots of unusual ones.

  31. I adore children’s and young adult books. Many of the multitudes of books in my read-a-thon piles are children’s or young adult titles. I’m starting with Maureen Johnson’s 13 Little Blue Envelopes.

    Favorites from childhood include Harriet the Spy, which I re-read with my 11yo son’s school book club last year, and A Wrinkle in Time. I belonged to a Nancy Drew book club in elementary school too; I’ve still got all those books in a box in the basement.

  32. I’m with you – I am 100% an Anne of Green Gables girl. Those books are amazing, and have never failed to lift me out of a bad mood if I pick one of them up and read just a few chapters.

    Other than that, the Boxcar Children and Baby-Sitters Club series were my two biggest addictions. I also loved anything and everything by Beverly Cleary 🙂

  33. My favorite children’s book was Beautiful Joe by Marshall Saunders about a once-abused dog who finds a family and a wonderful life. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell was a close second. Can you tell I’m an animal lover?

    I still love these books and as an adult I also love The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgeson Burnett.

    I’ve included the following YA books in my TBR pile for this read-a-thon:
    Massive by Julia Bell
    The Friskative Dog by Susan Straight
    Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson
    Lily’s Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff
    Leon and the Spitting Image by Allen Kurzweil

  34. My favorite books growing up where The Babysitters Club series definitely. During college I volunteered at a local library doing a kid’s reading hour and fell in love with Rainbow Fish and other kids’ picture books. Within the past year I read The Phantom Tollbooth for the first time and was amazed by it’s simplicity.

  35. Some of my favorite books were ones by Beverly Cleary. My absolute favorite was Mouse and the motorcycle. After that I would have to say the Narnia Series by C.S. Lewis. Then later in life I managed to make it through some of his more adult books with thicker and more thoughtful themes. Some of my favorites now are Harry Potter simply for the fun the the writing. Granted I am 22 now but, I did enjoy the writing. This year I am attempting to read through some of the Twilight Series to see if its worth all the chatter it is receiving.

  36. As a first grade teacher I read lots of children’s books. In the past few years, I’ve really gotten into Leo Lionni’s books. I just love them! A few weeks ago I read a book that was new to me called, The Little Old Woman who Loved to Read by John Winch. What a great book!

  37. I loved the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I also loved the Trixie Belden books and have recently shared those with one of my nieces who loves those too. No YA books in my tbr pile for the read-a-thon but I do love them.

  38. I have fond memories of my father reading The Lion’s Paw by Robb White to me as a little girl. I reread it as an adult and wasn’t as impressed but it is a wonderful memory.

    I have a few YA books for today. I started with Juniper by Monica Furlong and also have the following in my pile for today: Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, The Sea of Monsters (Percy #2) by Rick Riordan, Mister Monday by Garth Nix.

  39. My favorite series of books were called the “Betsy” books . They wer each about a time in Betsy’s life like vacation and firat day of school. I also loved the book Are you there God? It’s me Margret. Today I have Karma Bites a Ya read by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas on my stack 🙂

  40. Great question! I loved (and still do) books for all ages. I spent years with my friend Nancy Drew and even those crazy Hardy boys.
    I loved Dr. Suess, Charlotte’s Web…. oh so many! 🙂

  41. Don’t forget your favorite childhood books, as I can still remember I grow up in a non-reader family and my mom like to collect encyclopedias and McGraw Hills books but never read them even a word. I can still remember my mom bought me something special, if I could still remember it was Peter Rabbit Series and I’ve lost it. Below are the list of my favorite childhood books including my present childhood books.

    1. Peter Rabbit Series – I’ll kill you if you can’t remember him, his one of my favorite book characters when I was still young including Winnie-the-Pooh. I’m not being gay or something but being a child you had no preference of favoritism, whether a character can be a girl looking or an ugly looking character as long as adorable and cute.

    2. Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne – One of the cutest bear exist in this world. I can’t deny it I’ve read a lot of books including some non-fiction related to Pooh. So far his on the top list of my favorite childhood book and character.

    3. Nancy Drew Carolyn Keene by Hardy Boys Franklin W. Dixon – O God! No one can ever missed them. They’re the best detectives of all time plus Sherlock Holmes. Currently I’m still looking for more copies of the series and collected them as if superbly rare in the market. Hehe.

    4. The Series of Unfortunate Event by Lemony Snicket – I can’t missed my first book I’ve ever read before I become a serious reader. Lot of misery and still the end the Baudelaires are still in trouble. No one can fix destiny except you.

    5. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl – I love this one, I’ve read it last month and I can’t still move on, looking for the second book. Weee. I wish someone would like to share his or her copy for me. Haha.

  42. What were some of your favorite children’s books when you were younger? I read constantly as a kid. I used to bring home 30 books at a time from the library. Some of my favorites were Cam Jansen Mysteries, The Bobbsey Twins, The Babysitter’s Club, Choose your Own Adventure books and about a million more;-)
    Do you have any new favorites now that you’re an adult? I love the Harry Potter series, The Hunger Games & The Twilight Series.
    Have you included any children’s or YA titles in your Read-A-Thon stack this year? I typically read a lot of YA, but I don’t actually have any in my stack this time. I’m kinda bummed about that, I love YA.

  43. I loved the Bunnicula series by James Howe (and I actually have Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow in my readathon pile), The House With the Clock in it’s Walls, Where the Sidewalk Ends, the Westing Game, and anything my Roald Dahl. I don’t read many children books these days, but I really enjoyed the Series of Unfortunate Events when I read them a few years back.

  44. My favorite children books were Marc Twain’s Tom Sawyer & Huckelberry Finn (not sure about the spelling), Hector Malot’s Without Family & Arabian Nights! I still love them 🙂 New favorites: Harry Potter series, Pendragon series, Nightmare Academy series, etc… Three of the books in my read-a-thon pile are YA.

  45. There are two books that I remember with extreme fondness: The Story of Ferdinand (the story of a very sweet bull who prefers looking at flowers to fighting with other bulls–and it has the most delightful pictures) and The Land Where Ice Cream Grows (pretty much what it sounds like, but extra cool because it was written by Anthony Burgess!). Both were books my parents would get for me from our local library, and it took some doing, but I recently managed to track both of them down on the interblag and can now keep them forever.

    I also recently read the German version of The Little Prince, and it was just beautiful. I have to include that in my list of favorites.

  46. As a child I loved two books – one of which I still have to this day.

    The Story of Ping by Marjorie Flack was my all time favorite. Though it has quite a bit of stereotyping in it, I still love little Ping and the lesson that he learned!

    I also enjoyed the traditional Brazilian Folktale “The Monkey’s Whiskers” as retold by Ann Rockwell. I held on to this book until a few years ago when I lent it to a student I was tutoring. I do not know what ever became of my precious book with the ripped cover.

  47. My all time favorite series was the Little House books. I read them straight through many times! My other favorite as an older child, was the Hobbit–which I read every summer on vacation for 5 years running!! 🙂 The earliest book I remember falling in love with when I was maybe in the 4th grade is a little known book called The Crystal Tree by Jennie D. Lindquist–such a sweet little story with a mystery to solve–sadly, I never knew it was part of a trilogy until I was an adult so I never got the experience of reading all three when I was a small girl.

    As a mom, one of the last books I read aloud to my kids before they just became too old and which is an AMAZING book, is The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. You must read it!!


  48. My favorite book growing up was always Jillian Jiggs and her wonderful Magical Pigs. On the back it had instructions on how to make a stuffed pig toy out of your stockings. My mom made one and it was my best friend for I don’t even know how long. 🙂 It had purple hair too. 🙂 I lost it a long time ago in the middle of a move. Very sad.

    Today I’m going to be reading about 3 or 4 YA books. I like to read books like that a lot just because it’s fun sometimes to be that age again.

  49. My favorite was Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink. Every summer Mom and I would check it out from the library, and she’d read a chapter a day to me under our apple tree. It sounds idyllic (and it was) and it was something I would beg my Mom to do over and over again. As an adult I’ve rediscovered the joys of YA novels and children’s books. I have 2 YA titles picked for the thon this year (Hex Hall and Enthusiasm) and I’m saving them for when I’m just starting to get tired.

    Thanks for hosting a great Mini-Challenge and good luck to you!

  50. I loooove childrens books. I have tons of favourites, but I’ll just list a couple just off the top of my hat. First of: Grims Fairytales, best book ever. My favourite author was Enid Blyton. I also enjoyed Karl May when I was around 10, but he’s not one for light reading. And while I never got into Anne of Green Gables (because noone had those books and they weren’t in print at the time here in Germany) I loved L.M. Montgomery’s Emelie series. I still like to read childrens and teen books, right now I enjoy Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider series.

  51. “Harriet the Spy” was my favorite as a child. I still have my well-worn, dog-eared copy that I received as a Christmas gift. I read the Ann of Green Gables series as an adult and loved them, then became addicted to the tv version. My favorites that I shared with my kids were the Junie B. Jones series and Magic Treehouse series.

    Happy Reading!

  52. My favorite childhood book was Alanna:The first adventure by Tamora Pierce. I first found it when I was 9 and read it hundreds of time before I was 12 and given the entire quartet. Before that, I thought it was just 1 book. Then I got more of the story!

    I am actually not reading that book today, but I am reading two other books by her.

  53. Can I pick a favorite? I’m not so sure I can actually pick a favorite but anything by Dr. Suess. To this day I can pick up any of his books and find solace. I can’t imagine that ever changing. Great site – happy reading!

  54. i LOVED Stuart Little, Charlotte’s Web, and Matilda as a kid. Shel Silverstein was always a favorite, too.

    as an adult, i’ve recently discovered the YA genre and have added The Book Thief to my favorites.

    today, i’ve included The BFG by Roald Dahl and Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (which i’m actually reading now) for some YA type books. it’s a great way to get started and to break up the more intellectual or challenging reads.

  55. I read EVERYthing I could get my hands on as a youngster, but I’d have to say that The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, My Name is Alice, and Nancy Drew books were some faves. I did not include any YA in my readathon list, unless you count “Mockingjay”, but if I get through THESE, I do have “Dismantled” calling to me as well!

    Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

  56. How I love Anne of Green Gables! So many wonderful books I have loved and my children after me. I read alot of YA with my oldest daughter.
    Loved Inkheart but not the 2nd and 3rd of the trilogy.
    The Hunger Games had me recently riveted.
    Harry Potter is my hero.
    The Secrets of the Immortal Nicolas Flamel series was incredible, full of mythology which I love.
    The Percy Jackson books were fun as well.
    As for my own childhood?
    Miss Suzy, Miss Twiggly’s Tree, The Chronicles of Narnia, Indian Captive, Mrs. Mike, so many I loved.

  57. My favorite book as a 6-7 year old kid was probably anything by Enid Blyton – I started off reading her The Adventures of Mister Pinkwhistle, and then read her A Faraway Tree adventures. I used to even enjoy Noddy, which i later discovered was by her 🙂
    I do have some newer favorites, when I was 12 I read the entire Narnia series, and habitually read them every few years even now.
    I did actually include one awesome childhood series of mine – but in a different form. Stumbled across a graphic novel of Biggles (who was a hero of my 11 year old self) and snapped it up earlier today. I must hv been the only girl of my age with a bunch of Biggles novels. I got gifted several well-worn copies by my teacher.

  58. Nancy Drew, Ramona, Judy Blume books… all take me back to my elementary school days. Sweet Valley High, Babysitter’s Club, lol. I liked to read just about anything as a kid!! I don’t remember being very picky 😉

  59. I still read children’s books a lot at work, my favourite at the moment is one called “Back to Bed Ed!” by Sebastien Braun about a young mouse that is scared to go to bed by himself. It’s adorable. I also really like Polly Dunbar’s “Tilly” series of picture story books.

  60. My stack for the readathon is almost entirely YA. (With some short poetry books mixed in to give me a break.)

    One of my favorite childhood books was Matilda. It was the first chapter book I remember reading, so it holds a special place in my heart.

  61. I’m an Anne of Green Gables gal too… I read those books several times and I still like to re-read them. Since I started blogging, I’ve discovered many fantasy-type books and love them. I don’t know if I’d have loved them when I was a kid, but I love them now. Several are on my read-a-thon list – like Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse, which I just finished!

  62. I loved so many books growing up…like the Ramona series by Beverly Cleary, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and, of course, the Anne books by L.M. Montgomery!

    I will probably be reading a couple of YA books today.

  63. Pretty sure my much wrinkled and worn sets of the Anne and Little House books are a good indicator I was an Anne and Laura girl. I loved their spirit and imagination (and all the little domestic details). I still re-read these series every year or so and it’s like revisiting old friends 🙂

    I don’t think there are any YA or juvenile books that move me as an adult as much as those books moved me then. I read much more critically as an adult and it’s hard to be as completely and utterly satisfied with or intoxicated by a book. I guess ‘The Knife of Never Letting Go’ comes closest — which is why
    The Ask & The Answer and Monsters of Men are in my TBR pile for Read-A-Thon.

  64. Here are my favs!

    1. I am still deeply in love with the Bugg Books by Steven Crosgrove. He’s the author that did the Leo the Lop books. Wonderful! I have such fond memories of the Buggs and their world……even though only a few people believe they existed. My own mother doesn’t even remember me having them. I found a few recently, but my funding was to low to start my collection. If you see them anywhere, think of me!

    2. The Babysitters Club. I had all of them. ALL OF THEM. I think I may have even been a member of their book club. Sadly, sometime around high school, I needed the drawer/shelf space and I was forced into giving the books away. Now that they are coming back out, I’m interested in seeing them.

    3. When I got older, the novel Christie went with me everywhere….for a while. I can’t say what it is, but there is just something about Mountain life that interests me. I still have a fascination with blue-grass music, which I give this book inspiration for.

    4. I still read YA novels all the time…..just visit about half of my blog posts. They are fun and cover interesting topics. Lately, I’ve also been using my YA reading habits to stock my “lending” shelf in my classroom. It’s awesome!

  65. I used to love Enid Blyton’s St. Clare series. I even tried to find a couple of the books at my local library for the read-a-thon but they were on loan. I’m definitely planning on picking them up sometime soon though.

  66. Astrid Lindgren’s Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter. I just finished this book half an hour ago, and don’t regret including it in the read-a-thon at all. Whimsy and wistful and beautiful, with powerful characters and an emotional honesty that is hard to find elsewhere. Come to think of it, Ruth Craig’s YA novel Malu’s Wolf (also on my reading list) reminds me of it a fair deal; there are parallels in plot and characters that only just occured to me, but I am wondering how they could ever go unnoticed. No surprise both remain among my favourites until today.

  67. When I first read this challenge, I was thinking like young children’s books – so I came up with The Rainbow Fish and Katie Kangaroo. But as far as children’s literature goes: The Boxcar Children were my favorite. My mom used to read them to me at bedtime, and then I started reading them for myself. I hope to continue the tradition with my kids (someday). I’ve actually never read Anne of Green Gables – but it’s on my list of books-to-read. I did not include any YA in my pile for today, but I have lots on my TBR list. 🙂

    Enjoy the day and good luck reading!

  68. Well, my favourite book as a child was “The Selfish Giant” by Oscar Wilde. I must say it still is one of my favourites, with “The Happy Prince” right by his side. I also really liked a book named “Santa’s a Poet”, which I don’t think I own anymore. It had the cutest little poems in it. I still love children’s and YA books (and I have some in my pile). I still have my old and thorn editions of the Oscar Wilde’s books, and I read them every once in a while when I’m feeling nostalgic.


    Now, back to reading!
    Good luck everyone!

  69. Actually, I’m spending most of my reading time this Read-a-Thon revisiting some of my favorite YA books. The Mediator series by Meg Cabot is first on the list. It’s about a girl who can see, touch, speak to, etc, ghosts, and how she helps them ‘move on’ to the great beyond. She also falls in love with the ghost who’s inhabiting her room, who died there about 100 years previous to the events in the books.

    They’re really quick reads, and I’m a sucker for the paranormal ‘romance’ stuff.

  70. Well, I loved the Chronicles of Narnia when I was little, and all the Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boy, Tom Swift… Adventures. 😀

    But I basically read the entire children’s section in the library. So it’s hard to pick a favourite. 😛

    And now I read almost all YA, so I’d say I still read Children’s books, I suppose?

  71. I was completely obsessed with the Babysitter Club books when I was younger. Seriously, I owned more than 60 of them and that is a conservative guess. For some reason, I got rid of most of them as I got older but thankfully I still kept my favorites.

  72. my childhood favourite abels island ,a mouse stuck on a small island ala robinson crusoe ,willard prices book amazon adventure south sea adventure ,two brothers go to find animals and have adventures along the way ,beatrix potter ,here painting and stories are so sweet ,loved visiting her home a few years ago in the lake district ,wind in the willows ratty ,vole ,toad and there high jinx’s ,all the best stu

  73. I read Nancy Drew books (older Nancy Drew) when I was younger, along with a lot of YA fantasy. I think my favorites were The Dark is Rising sequence and stuff by Tamora Pierce, along with too many other books to list. I still love to read all of these books every so often.

    On my pile of books to read that are YA/children’s are Wizard’s Holiday by Diane Duane, The Pinhoe Egg by Diana Wynne Jones, Mixed Magics by Diana Wynne Jones, Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman, Melting Stones by Tamora Pierce and Seeing Red by Frank Beddor.

  74. Oh how I love Anne of Green Gables! Anne is one of my favorite childhood heroines. And Gilbert. Don’t get me started. Anyway, one of my other favorites I read not too long ago – The Witch of Blackbird Pond. I remember reading and adoring Kit Tyler for her audacity. In my pile today are two Judy Blume books, neither of which I read as a kid. I certainly love a good children’s book!

  75. My favorite kids book is There is A Boy in the Girls Bathroom. It was such a fun book, and it always stayed with me. I also read all of Judy Blume’s books, which were super fantastic.

    Right now in my readathon pile I have a Sarah Dessen book, Just Listen.

  76. I adored the Little House on the Prairie series as well as Patricia C. Wrede’s The Enchanted Forest Chronicles series. My mom used to read aloud to my siblings and me, and I think I loved Joan Lowry Nixon’s The Orphan Train Quartet best! The first book I read today was The Phantom Tollbooth, which I’ve not read before. A great way to start off the day!

  77. I loved The Dark Is Rising series by Susan Cooper when I was young – The Grey King was the first book that got me interested in the Arthurian story. But her WW2 novel, Dawn of Fear, was the first book that truly shattered me.

    I visited Green Gables during a trek across Canada – my best friend and I wandered down Lover’s Lane looking for Gilbert Blythe 🙂

  78. I’m sure other people have mentioned this (I don’t have enough time to weed through all the comments) but Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is my go to classic and I have always admired Jo. If I could be any character, it would be Jo.

    Other favorites (I’m a children’s and teen librarian, so bare with me) include Tamora Pierce, Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, Laurie Halse Anderson, Sharon Draper, and my newest favorite is Gayle Forman’s If I Stay.

    My entire stack of to-be-read books for Read-a-thon are young adult and children’s books! I’m looking forward to finishing some of them 🙂

  79. This mini-challenge caught my eye this morning and got me to remembering all the books I read as a child. I had a lot of surgeries as a kid, so couldn’t get out and play as much as the others, but boy did I do a lot of traveling – in my mind!!! Books were my best friends, and favorites like The Happy Hollisters, The Bobbsey Twins, Cherry Ames, Nancy Drew and others were my playmates growing up!

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane with this challenge – it has made me smile!

  80. My favorite books when I was a child that I can remember I loved having my parents read to me were The Little House by Virginia Lee Burke and The Velveteen Rabbit. When I was a little older, I adored the Little House series, Little Women, The Prydain Chronicles, The Wizard of Oz books, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle….I could go on and on! Of course, my favorite YA/MG books now are the Harry Potter books and I’ve read some great YA books, like The Dark Divine by Bree Despain and Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus. I do not have any YA books in my read-a-thon pile this time.

    I am enjoying a lot of children’s books through my younger son. He loves to read and he loves to read to me so he is always reading me all kinds of children’s books! Last night was The Book Report from the Black Lagoon. He is going to do the next read-a-thon with me!

  81. I grew up on the Nancy Drew books as a young girl. Of course, before that it was the fables’ picture books – the kinds that girls love – Snow White, Cinderella, etc. But after I began to read books, I totally devoured the Nancy Drew mysteries. Oh, how much I dreamed of being someone like ND! She was my role model, and for quite a while I actually entertained the idea of being her. I would look for mysteries in my own home to solve (not kidding, lol). When things went missing (thanks to my forgetfulness), I’d put on my ND cap and start solving the not-crime! I loved it!! Today however, I only have the Harry Potter book 4 in my stack – I’ve been re-reading them this year, and it’s been a while since I picked the HP book.

    I didn’t expect to have a good answer for your question, but I’m so glad I stopped to think! Great challenge!

  82. I also adore/d Anne of Green Gables. Anne has always been a girl after my own heart with lots of imagination. The adventures of Mrs. Switch and the Wayside School books also spring to mind. I also had a strange fascination with books about girls in boarding schools.

  83. Anne of Green Gables was a great series. I had such a character-crush on Gilbert! Like many people, I was into the Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys series and the Boxcar children. I also adored Watership Down for some reason. I can’t count the number of times I read that book as a kid!

  84. I wish I had read more as a child, but once I did start reading I was obsessived with Harry Potter, I was still a kid when the books came out and reread them constantly.

    I’ve been very taken with fairytale inspired novels recently, and while few of them (at least of what I’ve been reading) could be considered YA/Children’s I’d have to say The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman was an instant classic for me. I wish I had a copy because i’d really love to reread it today

  85. I loved the Black Stallion books by Walter Farley as a kid…I’d read them over and over. Also Harriet the Spy, and of course Laura Ingalls Wilder. 🙂 Most of my books for the readathon this year are children’s and YA. ^_^ I’m trying to finish Susan Cooper’s Dark is Rising series, and also the Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea Campbell.

  86. I adored Little Women and Nancy Drew when I was younger. I also loved books by Judy Blume and Lois Lowry. My mother had a tattered copy of “Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret” and that was the first book of Ms. Blume that I’ve read. I think I never outgrew my love for young adult fiction. Each time I enter bookstores, I always check out interesting books from that section.

    Greatest discoveries: David Levithan and Julie Anne Peters for their fearless depiction of LGBT teens. I think that they’re doing a great job, and I think the world would be a better place if the young’uns read more books from these authors. 🙂

  87. Oooh, I have a lot of favourites now and had a lot when I was a child too. Narnia, Babysitter’s Club, Nancy Drew, Anne of Green Gables and many of Roald Dahl’s books – just to mention a few. Narnia and Anne of Green Gables are my favourites still 🙂

    I’ve added quite a number of YA to my Read-a-thon stack this year – they seem to be the best books to start with and the best books for the late hours. I’m reading Claudia and the Perfect Boy (BSC) and have Tunnelmanden (Danish YA) and The Will of the Empress (Tamora Pierce) on my list for later 🙂
    What were some of your favorite children’s books when you were younger? Do you have any new favorites now that you’re an adult? Have you included any children’s or YA titles in your Read-A-Thon stack this year? Leave a comment and share!

  88. I have so many childhoos favorites! We’d be here forever if I tried to list them all!

    But, I especially loved all things Sharon Creech, Mary Downing Hahn, Mary Higgins Clark, and Willo Davis Roberts!

    I also loved Pippi Longstocking and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle.

    I’ve got a lot of YA books on my shelf to read today, and I’m pretty excited about them all! 🙂

  89. I adored The Boxcar Children novels! One book was never enough, I would always return to the library for more. I also loved Charlotte’s Web; it was the first book to ever make me cry. Deenie and Forever by Judy Blume were among my favorites as well.

  90. Oh and yes I have a YA novel in my readathon pile. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare! 🙂

    Oh and if you wanted to read YA, I highly recommend Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta and Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken (fantasy).

  91. My favorite childrens book was Goodnight Moon, though when I got a little older I loved I think her name was Romona and encyclopidia brown. 🙂

    I love reading MG and YA books and most of the book for the read-a-thon is YA books. My favorite YA book right now is Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey (all the book in the series are great!!)

  92. Considering I’m 13 years old I’ll go back in time around 5-7yrs of age..Ah childhood books, although my memory is some-what blurry I think my favorite book as a child was Disney Princess’ books. You know the ones with Cinderella, Snow White, Aurora, Belle, and then there was Thumbellina. If I remember correctly my mother read that to me when I was younger. Oh I remember! When my mother and I were packing for our move we were looking through some of my brother’s and my baby stuff. She brought out some how to books. There was one small book in particuilar that I enjoyed having read to myself when I was a toddler…It was a book about counting and it had angels. Explains why I like angels know though at the age that I am. As far as the books I have planned to read currently at the moment for the Read-a-Thon. I plan to read YA novels. Simply because I am a YA. I enjoy any type of genre, and I’ll read almost anything.

  93. I loved the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Trixie Belden was an absolute fav and I have recently shared those books with one of my nieces. I love YA books but sadly have none in my TBR pile for this read-a-thon.

  94. My favorites were the Little House on the Prairie books. I got the whole set for my 9th birthday (or was it 10th? I’m really old and I can’t remember now). That’s when I realized my love for reading. After that I got books as gifts for every birthday and Christmas.

    I actually do have some children’s books in my Readathon pile for the late night hour:

    Hey, Pancakes!
    It Couldn’t Be Worse!
    Part-Time Dog
    The Great White House Breakout

  95. I read all the time when I was a kid and there were so many favorites. Girl series books included Nancy Drew, Judy Bolton, Dana Girls, Trixie Belden, Polly French… I also loved Tom Swift, but not the Hardy Boys, for some reason. Nesbit’s books, of course, and Edward Eager. I have one of my favorite Edward Eager books in the stack: Half Magic (for a reread challenge and for sheer pleasure). One of my favorites that’s difficult to find is Loretta Mason Potts by Margaret Chase. I could go on, but I’m supposed to be reading books, not writing them!

  96. * What were some of your favorite children’s books when you were younger? When I was a child, one of my favorite books was Little Black Sambo (click to read my review). He is one of the cleverest children in all of literature.

    * Do you have any new favorites now that you’re an adult? I love Miss Rumphius! I didn’t discover her until I was an adult — actually, the book wasn’t even written until I was my children were grown — but I think it’s one of the best books ever written.

    * Have you included any children’s or YA titles in your Read-A-Thon stack this year? No, I don’t have any children’s books around this time.

    My answers are also posted here:

  97. When I was a child, I loved the typical girl-type classics–Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, Little House, Pollyanna. I also loved The Babysitter’s Club seris (still have them and still read them) and the Sweet Valley High books. I still read all of these books especially the classics. They are still as good now as when I was a kid.

  98. Some of my favorite children’s books when I was younger were the Saddle Club series. I absolutely loved the adventures those girls had. As an adult, I love reading YA, so all of the books in my TBR pile for this Read-A-Thon are YA.

  99. I loved Roald Dahl as a kid. Ever since our teacher started reading The Witches to us in third grade, I was hooked to his books! My favourites were Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 🙂

    I also loved Louisa May Alcott. I kept reading and re-reading Little Women and An Old-Fashioned Girl at least once a year untile I was 16. I’ve re-read An Old-Fashioned Girl in English recently and it’s still charming. I think Tom Shaw was one of my first bookish crushes, even though I didn’t realize it at the time. Yay for him and Polly!

  100. The first series that pops into mind are the books from Anne of Green Gables. Oh I lurved this series. I actually found a picture of me opening these books as a Christmas present when I was in second grade. My big sister bought me the series and I cherished them for so long. Unfortunately, they got lost during a move in high school, but I did buy a new set. I can never not have them in my own personal library.

    Then, there’s the fave author Maurice Sendak. Of course I heart Where the Wild Things Are. A book that I read all the time to my nephews. But the book I hearted more when I was in kindergarten was Chicken Soup with Rice.

    There are many other great books, but these were my absolute faves!!!

  101. I grew up knowing and loving Nancy Drew’s mystery stories. In fact, it was Nancy Drew who lured me into reading. I remember my first time in our school library and bumping into one of her mysteries.

    I also love Dr. Seuss.

    Anyway, to relive that Nancy Drew influence, I am building up my collection of her books.

    Unfortunately, I have no YA books in my read-a-thon pile.

  102. Oh, the children’s books I read…

    My absolute favorite series were The Babysitters’ Club, Goosebumps, Ramona, Anne of Green Gables and the Little House books. I had every single one of each of these series (Up until a certain point, for BBC and Goosebumps). The school and public librarians got to know me by the series I read and started (thankfully!) suggesting new books to me!

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