Once Upon a Time.....
I had a volume of fairy tales when I was young; a vast collection of hard cover books that I could eventually recite by heart. One of the books (it had a green cover with gold leaf lettering) contained nothing but Hans Christian Andersen stories. My favorites were The Little Match Girl, The Red Shoes, The Tin Box and The Snow Queen. I especially loved The Snow Queen - which I read one winter's night when it was cold and blizzardy outside - and to this day I remember the pure angst I felt for Gerda and everything she went through to find her friend, and the pure faith she had that he was not dead. And now, reading the Tinder Box, I can remember exactly what I imagined the dog with the large eyes to look like - it's a bit strange to have such a vivid memory of something that existed only in your imagination.
Anyhow, in honor of Hans's birthday and Children's Book Day, some lists. Of course, I'd like to see yours.
Favorite books I read as a child that I have read over and over again into adulthood:
- From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
- Half-Magic (and other books in the series) by Edgar Eager
- The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
- The Witch Family by Eleanor Estes
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
- Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
- The Pigman by Paul Zindel
- The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
- How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
- The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
- The Encyclopedia Brown Series by Donald J. Sobol
- Clues in the Woods (and others in that series) by Peggy Parish
- The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Children's books I read as an adult and enjoyed
- The Series of Unfortunate Event books by Lemony Snicket
- His Dark Materials Trilogy by Phillip Pullman
- Holes by Louis Sachar
- Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
- Coraline by Neil Gaiman (which I reviewed here)
- Silent to the Bone by E. L. Konigsburg
Books I have enjoyed reading with or to my kids
- The Day I Swapped my Dad For Two Goldfish by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
- The Captain Underpants Series by Dav Pilkey
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr.
- Owen by Kevin Henkes
- The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg(anything by Van Allsburg is good)
- Strega Nona by Tomie De Paola
- Strange Stories for Strange Kids by Art Spiegelman
- The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by John Scieszka
- The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
- Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
- Tuesday By David Wiesner
I'm sure I'll add to the list as I think of more. Please, make your own.