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The Best Childrens Books

Thu Feb 26, 2009 1:01 pm

What books/authors do you think every child should read?
Which childrens book is your favourite?
Which author(s) do you absolutely hate? >:(

I think there are a few other topics like this somewhere, but I'm not sure whether they're on this foum.
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Re: The Best Childrens Books

Thu Feb 26, 2009 1:11 pm

What books/authors do you think every child should read?
The Anne series by Lucy Maude Montgomery ;D
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
The Wedding Planners Daughter by Coleen Murtagh Paratore
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgeson Burnett
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Cathy Cassidy
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Most of the American Girl books
Ways To Live Forever by Sally Nichols
Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder(especially LHOTP & THGS)
Enid Blyton

Which childrens book is your favourite?
This is a really hard one, but for modern Cathy Cassidy. Valerie Tripp (AG Historicals) is also good. As for classics, I have so many favourite authors I can't put them all on there!

Which author(s) do you absolutely hate?
Roald Dahl >:(
Micheal Morpurgo >:(
Jaquline Wilson >:(

I've just realised six of the books/series on my list are North American! :-[
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Re: The Best Childrens Books

Fri Feb 27, 2009 12:40 pm

What books/authors do you think every child should read?
Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Anne of Green Gables by LMM (and other books by her, but I think Anne would be the most appealing.)
Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner (especially the first nineteen)
Marguerite Henry
Narnia series by C. S. Lewis
Phantom Stallion series by Terri Farley

Which childrens book is your favourite?
Little House series

Which author(s) do you absolutely hate?
None are coming to mind.
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Sat Feb 28, 2009 1:55 am

These are my favorites from when I was young. There are lots I've read as an adult that I like, too, but they just aren't the same as ones you've read when you're a child.

Madeline (all of them)
Babar (all of them, I even love the new ones like Babar's Yoga for Elephants and Babar goes to the Museum)
Berenstein Bears (all of them)
Corduroy (all of them)
Bread and Jam for Frances
The Hundred Dresses
Anatole (all of them)
Caddie Woodlawn
AoGG
Encyclopedia Brown
LHoTP (Lil House in the Big Woods is my fav)
The Egypt Game
Tin Tin books
The Secret Garden
A Little Princess
The Hungry Caterpillar
The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
The Mr Men and Little Miss books
Bunnicula and Celery Stalks at Midnight
Julie of the Wolves
Shel Silverstein poetry (esp Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout)
The Brementown Musicians
Walter and the Magic Pebble
anything by Richard Scarry
Daddy Long Legs (reminds me a bit of AoGG)
the American Girl books
Snow White and Rose Red
the Trumpeter of Krakow
the Lonesomest Doll (this was my mom's fav as a child and she passed her 1950's version along to me)
Horton Hears a Who
Bridge to Teribithia
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Re: The Best Childrens Books

Sat Feb 28, 2009 5:47 am

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I don't hate any children's authors.  I'm surprised you hate Roald Dahl, annecordelia.  I absolutely love his books.


Probably because, same as Micheal Morpurgo, we are made to read his books at school, and then we have to write reviews about why we liked them.That is really boring, because we can't write what we really think, just the good parts. I really like Matilda though.
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Re: The Best Childrens Books

Sun Mar 01, 2009 11:30 pm

What books/authors do you think every child should read?

Little House on the Prarie series
most anything by Deborah Hopkinson
Sarah: Plain and Tall series

Which childrens book is your favourite?

I like quite a few. :D
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Sun Jun 07, 2009 8:02 am

Anne of Green Gables series
Emily of new moon
Chronicles of Narnia
Secret garden
Little women
the little lord fautleroy
Les malheurs de Sophie by Comtesse de Ségur and the continuing story Les petites filles modèles and Les Vacances
Le petit prince
The little princess
Heidi series
The neverending story
The famous five by Enid Blyton
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Mon Jun 08, 2009 6:28 am

I think every child should read Tove Jansson and Astrid Lindgren. :)
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Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:46 am

Every PERSON (not just kids) should read:

Anne of Green Gables (of course)
The Tale of Desperaux by Kate Dicamillo
Ida B. by Katherine Hannigan
Everything On A Waffle by Polly Horvath
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Bridge to Terebithia by Katherine Paterson
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
Emma Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree by Lauren Tarshis
A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck

Oh...I could go on and on and on and on....
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Sat Dec 04, 2010 8:05 pm

What books/authors do you think every child should read?

"Anne of Green Gables" by LMM and "The Paul Street Boys" by Ferenc Molnar.
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Sun Apr 10, 2011 4:20 pm

I think kids should read as many Enid Blyton books as they can, while they ARE still kids; I read some in childhood, and they were captivating. I have tried others as an adult, and it's just not the same, they don't seem as exciting. EB was so prolific, she wrote many more books than I realised. Sadly, one of my junior-school teachers hated Blyton's guts; said she was "much too shallow".

Other masterpieces (apart from Anne & Emily), are:
Just William series
Gobbolino the Witch's Cat by Ursula Moray Williams
Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce
Kpo the Leopard by Rene Guillot (tissues needed for this one)
Becky Bananas by Jean Ure; Skinny Melon & Me, also by Ure
A Little Princess, as has already been said; I'll check Ebay, see if the LP musical doll is available in the UK at the mo; I've seen a photo of her, and the "Ram Dass" monkey accompanying her looked v. appealing!

I noticed Jacqueline Wilson = in someone's hate-list; I think she's great! I've read most of her books, and am currently re-reading Kiss from the library. Sleepovers is the very best, but Kiss is probably second, then Bad Girls. JW seems to write about nearly every cause of angst, I believe everyone must be able to empathise with at least one of her characters.

I read the first Harry Potter book when it first became famous, but didn't think much of it; I don't really know why it's popular with adults.

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Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:52 am

uf, let me think for a sec ...

As a child I absolutely ADORED Enid Blython's books. The adventures, mysteries, hunted houses, smugglers, ginger beer and sandwiches ... yup, those must be books of my childhood.

LMM books, of course. But I think these are more appropriate for the age of 13 -> The same goes for Little Women.

Classics like Roald Dahl and Astrid Lindgren are a MUST for every child. Pippi, Matilda, Charlie, Ronja, Witches ... yup, classics! I recomend Dahl's works for adults too. I love his humor!

Classic Grimm brothers and Andersen fairytales - Cinderella, Ugly ducking, Emperor's new clothes, Snow White, Snow queen ...

The secret garden, Heidi, Little prince, Oscar Wilde's fairytales, Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit etc.
... classics.

National folk tales and legends.

I adored some slovenian authors too, but unfortunately it doesn't have sense to put them here, since they're not translated. But they're good, honestly. :)

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Re: The Best Childrens Books

Fri May 13, 2011 1:53 am

annecordelia wrote:
Valancy wrote:
I don't hate any children's authors.  I'm surprised you hate Roald Dahl, annecordelia.  I absolutely love his books.


Probably because, same as Micheal Morpurgo, we are made to read his books at school, and then we have to write reviews about why we liked them.That is really boring, because we can't write what we really think, just the good parts. I really like Matilda though.
Sorry I missed that other topic!



I have some trouble with Roald Dahl's sense of humour. The parents, grandparents, aunts in his stories are usually evil, and the kids show no remorse when they magically escape from their family, or vanquish them.

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Re: The Best Childrens Books

Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:31 pm

For children's books that are just as good to read as an adult, I would give a medal to:

L M Montgomery
Richmal Crompton (for William)
Jacqueline Wilson (for Sleepovers, my comfort-book)
Frances Hodgson Burnett (for A Little Princess)

And for magical childhood memories, the medal goes to Enid Blyton, and Ursula Moray Williams.

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Tue Jun 14, 2011 9:01 pm

KindredSpiritRachel wrote:For children's books that are just as good to read as an adult, I would give a medal to:

L M Montgomery
Frances Hodgson Burnett (for A Little Princess)


I totally concur with these two. The others I haven't read.
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Re: The Best Childrens Books

Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:19 am

I can't wait to read the Jacqueline Wilson book about an evacuee, Wave me Goodbye!

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Re: The Best Childrens Books

Tue May 09, 2017 4:57 am

Are there any children's books which you consider to be sadly under-rated/out of print? Cold Christmas, by Nina Beachcroft, is one such.

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Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:58 pm

My Name is Paris series by Elizabeth Howard-solid historical thrillers with gorgeous illustrations by Mike Kaluta
All-of -a Kind Family series by Sidney Taylor-wonderful books about a Jewish family in pre WWI era New York City. These have come back into print recently, but should still be better known than they are. Sidney Taylor is on L.M. Montgomery's level as a writer. Her evocation of the turn of the twentieth century Lower East Side is just as vivid as Montgomery's Prince Edward Island.
Anything by Thornton Burgess-his animal stories are very deserving of revival.

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