Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Since It's Children's Book Week, Tell Me: What's Your Favorite Children's Book?

For me, it's Pippi. As a redheaded freckly girl who liked to daydream, I loved this book. I slept upside-down in my bed, and dreamed of living in a house with a veranda (that's a porch). This book is still The Book for me.

Interesting story: my mom loaned it to someone who forgot to return it. My mom was frustrated (see my love for said book above), and always hoped she'd find it.

Years later, she found it at the local secondhand bookstore--no lie. It was 25 cents. My name is still written inside, in careful cursive letters, including my old address. Fate boomeranged this book back, and Pippi sits on my shelf again. And I still hope to have a veranda one day...

How about you? What's your favorite children's book?

8 comments:

  1. I loved John Christopher's The White Mountains. It gave me a great love of post-apocalyptic SF.

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  2. I'll have to read that one, Loren. Thanks for the tip!

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  3. Back in the day, I adored Amelia Bedelian and Where the Wild Things are. Then, I learned to love Pippi and Anne of Green Gables and Judy Blume. Later, it was Sweet Valley High all the way. Such garbage, but I ate it up.

    I just discovered your blog through Lara's annotated MNINB blogroll. What a great idea she had --I'm having so much fun meeting everyone through their blogs this way. :)

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  4. Thanks for stopping by, E.B.! Discovered your blog too--love the agent posts, and the reading hunk :-)))

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  5. Pippi is one of my favorites too. But the books that really hooked me into reading were Tove Janssen's Moomintroll books. Comet in Moominland was my favorite. I loved the whimsical illustrations and the blend of adventure and reflection. Adventure tales for introverts!

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  6. I'll check those out, Diana. The titles alone make you want to read them...

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  7. Pippi Longstocking was my book too. I can honestly say that this is the book which convinced me early on that girls can do anything. (A revolutionary concept growing up in the forties and fifties.) So it's a book that had a great influence on my life. Funny to say, but it's true.

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