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Old January 19 2011, 07:10 AM   #1
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Favorite children's books

What are some of your favorite children's picture books and chapter books?
I have dozens that I love, but some that come to mind are The Little House books and the Westing Game. I also love the Fancy Nancy and Berenstein Bears books.
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Old January 19 2011, 08:17 AM   #2
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Re: Favorite children's books

I collect children's books from the 1950s and 1960s that are illustrated by Libico Maraja such as

"The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor"







"Africa's Legends"



and my favourite "The Wizard of Oz"



I also have "Gulliver's Travels", "Alice through the Looking Glass", "The Splendour Book of Ballet", "Tales from Hans Anderson" and "Around the World in 80 Days" all illustrated by him. I plan to buy more this year though "Alice in Wonderland" is probably too expensive for me to buy.

My "Art of Libico Maraja" group on Flickr

I also collect other illustrated versions of "The Wizard of Oz". I only collect the first Oz book and only versions from the 1950s-1970s that has illustrations to my liking.
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Old January 19 2011, 09:14 AM   #3
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Re: Favorite children's books

Halfdans ABC (Illustrated by Ib Spang Olsen).


Silly rhymes for each letter of the alphabet. I got mine back when it was new (in 1967) and I'm pretty sure every single child in Denmark has had at least one of their own.
It's totally impossible to translate into any other language due to the 'fun with language'-type of rhymes though so I'm guessing Norwegian is the only other language you're likely to find it in



Ane put anemones in the cannon on Trekroner.
By the very first shot Anes anemones bloomed.



Freddy Fręk from Fakse caught in traps fifteen fancy fresh fish-meatballs.



The Cannon-king Knold who was mad as a troll bought cannon-balls and powder for a Krone,
Put a mighty batch in his cannon and shot head and hat off his wife.



Q is a letter in the alphabet.
It's rarely used but here you can see it!



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Old January 19 2011, 09:51 AM   #4
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People still give me strange looks when I say, "Hay is for horses, Treehorn, not people."




And one which I enjoy as much as an adult as I did as a child:

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Old January 19 2011, 10:28 AM   #5
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I love the faraway tree series as well! My favourite character was saucepan man.
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Old January 19 2011, 10:44 AM   #6
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Ladybird Books were a staple of our childhood - they covered all sorts of stories and areas in concise and readable detail.

As a very young child, one epic tale of high adventure, discovery and exploration, temptation, vice, regret, and redemption gripped me, and still does to this very day: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

I also liked The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr.

As I got a little older, the children's books of Roald Dahl dominated my reading. The BFG was my favourite (my mum and I would still talk in BFG-speak to this very day), although Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and its sequel were also good.

I tried getting into the Famous Five books, but I wasn't really much of a fan in the end. I did, however, enjoy The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis.

Finally, the one children's book that broke my heart when I first read it was EB White's Charlotte's Web.

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And one which I enjoy as much as an adult as I did as a child:

Still one of my all-time favourite children's books. It inspired me to be the person I am today.
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Old January 19 2011, 10:45 AM   #7
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As a child I loved Enid Blyton's Wishing Chair books though I haven't read them as an adult.
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Old January 19 2011, 11:04 AM   #8
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I liked the Wishing Chair books too.


There's a new movie of The Phantom Tollbooth coming out in a couple of years, apparently. The other attempt, which I think was in the 70s, was rather hit-and-miss (though it did have the awesomeness of Mel Blanc...)
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Old January 19 2011, 11:10 AM   #9
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There's a new movie of The Phantom Tollbooth coming out in a couple of years, apparently. The other attempt, which I think was in the 70s, was rather hit-and-miss (though it did have the awesomeness of Mel Blanc...)
It's planned for 2013 according to the DataBase of Movies on the Internet. I hope it turns out to be good.

I saw the 1970 animated version a few years back, and it wasn't the greatest adaptation in the world, but yeah, Mel Blanc.
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Old January 19 2011, 11:33 AM   #10
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What are some of your favorite children's picture books and chapter books?
When I was a kid my favourite books were the encyclopaedia and the dictionary.
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Old January 19 2011, 11:51 AM   #11
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When I was a kid my favourite books were the encyclopaedia and the dictionary.
I kept two children's encyclopaedias under my bed as a child, and would read them and try to spot the inconsistencies between the two. My parents also bought the whole family a multi-volume children's encyclopaedia. My favourite volumes were about space, mathematics, culture, and the human body (in that order).

I was looking in my old bedroom recently and also found a huge fact book filled with random facts about the world and science and the arts, which I remember liking a lot. The cover is missing now.

I didn't read a dictionary - school had plenty of them, mostly with the rude words underlined (mostly by myself ). I did have a thesaurus, however, which was handy. Not Roget's Thesaurus, but I did like that too.

My other factual obsession as a child was atlases - atlases of the world, and of other things. My favourite was a big book called "Atlas of the Solar System" which I would read at any time.

My parents also bought a series of Time-Life books about the paranormal, which I also remember flicking thorugh and not quite understanding.

As I got older, my parents gave me a family encyclopaedia of medicine and health. The chapter on reproduction is particularly dog-eared.
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Old January 19 2011, 12:02 PM   #12
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[ I did have a thesaurus, however, which was handy. Not Roget's Thesaurus, but I did like that too.
Now I wish I had a book called Thesaurus Island. Starring Jim Talkings and Long Word Silver.
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Old January 19 2011, 12:04 PM   #13
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[ I did have a thesaurus, however, which was handy. Not Roget's Thesaurus, but I did like that too.
Now I wish I had a book called Thesaurus Island. Starring Jim Talkings and Long Word Silver.
... hunting a Thesaurus rex.
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Re: Favorite children's books

Right now, I'm liking a lot of Mo Willems' stuff, especially the Elephant and Piggie Books. Julian Hector's written two great picture books, The Gentleman Bug and The Little Matador, that I think are Caldecott medal-worthy.
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Old January 19 2011, 05:00 PM   #15
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My seven year-old loves the Fancy Nancy and Junie B. Jones books.

When I was her age, I loved anything by Dr. Seuss.
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