Tuesday, November 08, 2011

National Young Reader's Day: Some of My Favorite Childhood Books

Today is National Young Reader's Day--"... a special day to recognize the joys and benefits of reading."

I've been a voracious reader since I was able to string words together. Interestingly, I don't have much of a memory of the books that were read to me before I could read myself, but I vividly remember the books I loved as a child.

Here is a nod to some of them.

Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott, is the first full-length book I remember reading. I was eight years old.

This is a picture of the actual version I read. It was an abridged version, but I loved the illustrations. In my mind, that is still what Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy look like.

My Aunt Jean (sadly no longer with us) had recommended it to me, saying "You'll cry your eyes out and back in again!"

This was just before my family went to Beirut, Lebanon as missionaries. We were in New York City for several days before our ship sailed, and my parents bought me beautiful hardbound copies of "Little Men" and "Jo's Boys." I was in heaven.

This book laid the foundation for my lifelong love of The Chronicles of Narnia. I saw British friends reading it at Manor House School in Beirut, and that sparked my interest.

Even as a child, I was able to see the spiritual parallels. Years later, I made sure my own children read them.

I received this book as a Christmas gift when I was a little girl, and it was a treasure trove for me! I also loved Blyton's "Mallory Towers" series.

Source: google.com via Cindy on Pinterest

This was the first Noel Streatfield book I read, but I think I probably ended up reading all of them. They were all about children who were very talented, either as skaters, dancers or actors. I enjoyed them immensely.

I was delighted when the books were actually mentioned in the movie, "You've Got Mail."

Those are just a few. You can read here about my other favorites, Auntie Robbo and Red Knights from Hy Brasil...and here about what my love of a childhood book has to do with a murder in an English village!

Reading enriched my childhood and continues to do so today!

What were YOUR favorite books as a child?


Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

One of my favorites was the original Boxcar Children..I use to play in the backyard that I lived in a boxcar. I wish it had been a series when I was younger, but I shared the series with my own children when they were beginning to read.
BTW - I think You've Got Mail is my absolute favorite movie...it has everything I love in it...New York, book stores, seasonal weather, coffee, a love story, a touch of journalism, simply the best!

Crazy Ravens Studio said...

I loved Little Women, Anne of Green Gables and the Laura Ingalls Wilder series, Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer, Black Beauty, Beautiful Joe, the Swiss Family Bobinson and Robinson Crusoe. I remember one time while travelling, my two daughters and I had a rather long layover. I was reading a chapter of Little Women to them and looked up to see at least a dozen people listening in. It felt cool and powerful.

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