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message 1: by Jeane, Book-tator (new)

Jeane (Pinkbookdragon) | 323 comments This month on November 14th is National Young Readers Day! So tell us what some of your favorite Classic children's books are!

I love Shel Silverstein so Where the Sidewalk Ends, The Giving Tree, and A Giraffe and a Half.

Also The Giver, The Phantom , Tollbooth, James and the Giant Peach, just to name a few!


message 2: by Karena (last edited Nov 07, 2012 09:13AM) (new)

Karena (karenafagan) The Velveteen Rabbit and when I was a bit older The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Both my boys are fans of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?. Yeah, it was only written in 1996, but I think it's a contemporary classic. =P


message 3: by Angie, Shelf-tator (new)

Angie (adowns) | 520 comments Definitely The Giving Tree! I absolutely love that story and have to use serious self control not to cry EVERY time I read it. :) I also absolutely loved Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. I think that The Chocolate War is an amazing novel that boys can relate to as well as girls. Finally, I cannot forget to mention one of my most favorite children's books, Where the Red Fern Grows. I guess I have a lot of favorite classic children's books. lol


message 4: by Jeane, Book-tator (last edited Nov 10, 2012 08:15AM) (new)

Jeane (Pinkbookdragon) | 323 comments I think a lot of Newbery award winners are good classics like King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian, Island of the Blue Dolphins, Julie of the Wolves. I was really into animals when I was a little girl so I read mostly only things with animals in them.


message 5: by Jeane, Book-tator (new)

Jeane (Pinkbookdragon) | 323 comments We need more!


message 6: by Angie, Shelf-tator (new)

Angie (adowns) | 520 comments Dr. Seuss' Oh, the Places You'll Go! is a favorite of mine. I'm guessing we're sticking with children's books (pre-teen) and not YA literature, so I would also include The Brother's Grimm Fairy Tales. However, if we are including YA literature, primarily for teens, I have many I would add.


message 7: by Jeane, Book-tator (new)

Jeane (Pinkbookdragon) | 323 comments Nope, all children, from 0-18 Angie, have at it!


message 8: by Jeane, Book-tator (new)

Jeane (Pinkbookdragon) | 323 comments I wanted to mention some (the only problem is I haven't read some of these): The Wind in the Willows, The Secret Garden, Peter Pan, A Little Princess, Anne of Green Gables, Charlotte's Web, Heidi


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Sally Morral | 17 comments Where the Wild Things Are, Blueberries for Sal, and Mrs. Piggle Wiggle.


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I couldn't help but notice that some of the books mentioned in this thread are books that are on our reading list...

The Giver & The Hobbit were going to be my big two suggestions; however, it looks as though I was beat to the punch.


message 12: by Jeane, Book-tator (last edited Nov 11, 2012 08:54AM) (new)

Jeane (Pinkbookdragon) | 323 comments Angie wrote: "Oh, yay! Let me add a few...

Flowers for Algernon
I Am the Cheese
Lord of the Flies
Speak
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
The Outsiders
The Pigman
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Adventu..."


Interesting Angie, but some of these (even though they might be assigned reading in HS) I wouldn't really consider children's or ya/teen books, like Lord of Flies, Flowers for Algernon, The Bell Jar, Things Fall Apart, are what I believe to be adult novels instead of YA/teen or children's. Don't get me wrong they are definitely books that any teen can read and c comprehend but they were no written in that specific genre. Like the Outsiders was is definitely written for teens.


message 13: by Karena (new)

Karena (karenafagan) Omg. Sally. Mrs Piggle Wiggle was my favorite too!

Charlotte's Web and almost all Dr Seuss, for sure. And the Fudge books.


message 14: by Angie, Shelf-tator (new)

Angie (adowns) | 520 comments Oh yay, a healthy debate about literature! I love it! :)

Although I see what you are saying for a couple of the books, like The Bell Jar, The Hobbit, and Things Fall Apart (since they don't even contain youth characters), the others were definitely written with youth in mind. We know that Tolkien didn't write The Hobbit with youth in mind, but does that mean it isn't a youth novel? I think most people believe it fits the category. When thinking about "classic" YA literature, I think many of the books are going to be novels that we read in school because they DO stand the test of time. They DO have themes that continue to apply today. This doesn't necessarily mean that every person will enjoy them. In fact, I think this is rarely true. Having said that, if I was to alter my list, I would take off The Bell Jar because she is actually a young woman, not a girl, but add Go Ask Alice - a great novel about a teen girl with a drug addiction. I guess dropping The Hobbit and The Lord of the Flies makes sense too, if we are pulling the books for the sole purpose that their authors were not thinking of youth as they wrote the books.

However, I think we should keep in mind, too, that the actual genre of "Young Adult Literature" is a new genre. Many literature specialists argue that the YA genre didn't begin until the 1920's, and some even argue that the first wasn't until The Catcher in the Rye was written in the early 1950's. If we are to only consider novels written after this genre "began," then we are seriously limiting the list to young children's books and more modern YA literature. Although I can see the temptation here, I think it would be a shame, because there are many books written before this time, like Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, Dicken's Oliver Twist and Great Expectations, that were definitely written with youth in mind, but outside the genre, which is probably why they are taught within the age group in high school.

Sorry about the long winded response. I just wanted to explain my choices a little more extensively. Also, here is a neat list of YA classic literature that begins with Catcher in the Rye and then moves to the present. Might help some people remember some of their favorites.

http://www.dbrl.org/files/readers/50_...


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Geri Mariano | 7 comments Charlotte's Web has always stayed with me. I don't have children but if I did -- I wouldn't be able to wait to buy it for them. If this includes books for kids up to age 18 -- I would also include The Summer of My German Soldier -- only read it once but it has always stayed with me, too. Deenie by Judy Blume is another one. The Giving Tree, too, of course. And probably one no one has heard of -- C is for Cupcake. I recently found an old copy on Amazon and bought it for a friend's daughter. Pippi Longstocking and Amelia Bedelia were also favorites. The Incredible Journey. Lastly, To Kill a Mockingbird is right up there at the top with Charlotte's Web.


message 16: by CassieV (last edited Nov 14, 2012 09:27AM) (new)

CassieV I totally loved the Narnia series and Anne of Green Gables!

Also I would add:
A Wrinkle in Time (which I would actually like to re-read now as an adult) and Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House Series.


Oh, and would Little Women count? I read that in middle school and it's still a favorite as well :).


message 17: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn Spoor (KathrynInAnoka) | 4 comments My favorite children's book and still one of my favorite books of all time is The Little Prince.


message 18: by Jettcatt (new)

Jettcatt | 10 comments How about The Magic Faraway Tree. By Enid Blyton. and Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery.


message 19: by Frederick (new)

Frederick Anderson (Fredander) | 65 comments It's great looking down from the tottering tower of several extra generations piled on top of each other! Please, please pass the magic of my childhood on to a new legion of animal lovers by unearthing the Animal Stories of Rudyard Kipling: The White Seal, The Cat Who walked by Himself, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, and so on. Then the Just-So stories and of course the Jungle Books.

They are great tales; sufficient in length to make bedtime stories and I don't believe they date. Find and try, oh best beloved!


message 20: by Karena (new)

Karena (karenafagan) Frederick wrote: "It's great looking down from the tottering tower of several extra generations piled on top of each other! Please, please pass the magic of my childhood on to a new legion of animal lovers by unear..."


Oh I loved Rikki-Tikki-Tavi! One of my other favorites.


message 21: by Jeane, Book-tator (new)

Jeane (Pinkbookdragon) | 323 comments CassieV wrote: "I totally loved the Narnia series and Anne of Green Gables!

Also I would add:
A Wrinkle in Time (which I would actually like to re-read now as an adult) and Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House Ser..."


Of course Little Women counts! :)


message 22: by Mick (new)

Mick (JumpinJack) | 3 comments Hi I'm Eileen, and i would like to say that i adore Anne of Green Gables, Chronicles of Narnia, the Logan family series by Mildred Taylor, and the Little Princess :) I loved the book of Hans Christian Anderson fairy tales as well.


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Kathryn Spoor (KathrynInAnoka) | 4 comments I had the Anne of green gables books when I was a kid end I remember enjoying but it was so no ago that I would love to read them again.


message 24: by Toutoula (new)

Toutoula The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen will always be the best fairy tale I 've ever read...


message 25: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Moffat | 36 comments Oh so many to choose from! I loved Enid Blyton - in particular the Malory Towers stories. Roald Dahl - anything from him, absolute legend! Also the Narnia series by C.S. Lewis, Judy Blume for my adolescent education - hehe does Forever ring any bells with anyone?


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Chaundra Anderson (Chaundrala) | 2 comments Has anyone mentioned Lois Duncan. She was my fave in middle school and early high school. :)


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Chaundra Anderson (Chaundrala) | 2 comments Jeane wrote: "I think a lot of Newbery award winners are good classics like King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian, Island of the Blue Dolphins, Julie of the Wolves. I was really into animals when ..."

Definitely The Island of the Blue Dolphins.


message 28: by Bian (new)

Bian | 34 comments Rapunzel :). Anything by Dick King-Smith as well.


message 29: by CassieV (new)

CassieV I remembered a few others last night :)

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler
and the Hatchet series

I read these over and over when I was about 10. I had totally forgotten about them until I was going through some goodreads lists last night!


message 30: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Grimm's fairy tales


message 31: by Geri (new)

Geri Mariano | 7 comments CassieV wrote: "I remembered a few others last night :)

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler
and the Hatchet series

I read these over and over when I was about 10. I had totally forgotten about t..."


I've had a ball reading through CHildren's Book Titles and remembering what I read growing up. I've forgotten so many.


message 32: by Karena (new)

Karena (karenafagan) I think a few I remember reading in school that have stayed with me are Call It Courage, The Golden GobletandMara, Daughter of the Nile. I didn't read the last one for school, but on my own because I had loved The Golden Goblet so much. I think that's when my love of Egyptian stories started.


message 33: by Diane L (new)

Diane L So many good books have already been mentioned. Some of our family favorites are:
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, Walk Two Moons, the John Carter series by Edgar Rice Burroughs and Treasure Island.


message 34: by Ann-Marie (new)

Ann-Marie (amsjob) I can´t believe no one haven´t mentioned The Chronicles of Narnia or The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. I also love the british author Michael Morpurgo.


message 35: by Selena (new)

Selena The Giver Quartet (The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger and now Son) by Lois Lowry, The Boxcar Children and so on. And then I started reading books that were definitely not meant for children.


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Lazy Linesman (LazyLinesman) | 21 comments The Twits for truly embodying children's love for dark comedy. Which goes for most of Roald Dahl's works, but this is my favourite!

Artemis Fowl for an entertaining story which I still keep coming back to.


message 37: by Jackie (new)

Jackie My favorite classic children's stories are the following...

A Wrinkle in Time was my all time favorite story growing up.
The Lorax
The Chronicles of Narnia
Matilda and James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. Roald Dahl was easily one of the first authors that made me LOVE to read.


message 38: by Cassie (new)

Cassie (crk815) I remember reading James and the Giant Peach in the fourth grade and getting to say a** out loud! I thought we would get in trouble even though we read aloud! I loved the Beverly Clearly series by Judy Blume in the 4th grade. My teacher had different voices for everyone!


message 39: by Denise (new)

Denise Nichel (DeniseNichel) | 3 comments A Wrinkle in Time The Chronicles of Narnia The Velveteen Rabbit James and the Giant Peach The Hobbit plus The Hardy Boys books & Nancy Drew are all favourites from my childhood.


message 40: by Donna (last edited Nov 27, 2012 07:55AM) (new)

Donna | 1 comments The Chronicles of Narnia
Where the Wild Things Are
Black Beauty
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Heidi: Childrens Classics
And same here, Nancy Drew Mystery Stories really got me all hyped up to read back in my childhood days. :)


message 41: by Liz (last edited Nov 27, 2012 12:48PM) (new)

Liz (shadoedove) | 5 comments my 10 year old granddaughter and I just finished the Bunnicula Bunnicula books we started last year and the Boxcar Children The Boxcar Children series we started when she was in first grade. we are reading Black Beauty Black Beauty together right now and she is reading my old copy of Heidi Heidi on her own at home. Because of Winn Dixie Because of Winn-Dixie is her favorite book.

My favorites have mostly been mentioned here except for folklore. collections of tales about Baba Yaga, Paul Bunyan Paul Bunyan and Other American Tall Tales, Pecos Bill, King Arthur, Robin Hood and others were always my favorites.


message 42: by Tearsa (new)

Tearsa (turrsaturrsa) Corduroy was the first book I remember reading to myself all of the time! i loved corduroy!
Anything by Roald Dahl, Madeleine L'Engle, Lois Lowry, and Ann M. Martin.
Also The Boxcar Children series and The Chronicles of Narnia series. I know most of these were already mentioned it's just so fun to think back.

Frindle and Ella Enchanted were good ones.


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Kika23 | 15 comments Frederick wrote: "It's great looking down from the tottering tower of several extra generations piled on top of each other! Please, please pass the magic of my childhood on to a new legion of animal lovers by unear..."

The Jungle book is my all time favorite!


message 44: by Melissa (new)

Melissa I remember pulling all nighters to read Nancy drew... lol


message 45: by katerina (new)

katerina (katerina-cz) | 3 comments A pretty, kind and nice Christmas ebooks for children:
A Snow Baby - Merry rhymes for pleasant times - http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/A-Snow...
A Christmas fairy - http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/A-Chri...
A Christmas Tree Fairy - http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/A-Chri...
A Christmas Hamper - http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/A-Chri...
A Christmas morning - http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/A-Chri...


message 46: by HeatherIlene (new)

HeatherIlene (Heather_Ilene) | 91 comments There were a few books I read and re-read as a kid: Island of the Blue Dolphins, A Wrinkle of Time, and Anne of Green Gables. I also loved the Nancy Drew series, The Boxcar Children, and The Chronicles of Narnia. Oh! And the Little House on the Prairie.


message 47: by Sasha (new)

Sasha Moon Did anyone mention Winnie-the-Pooh ?
It`s definitely an international classic.


message 48: by Travis sivarT (new)

Travis sivarT (TravissivarT) RL Stine and his Goosebumps series was the most popular series on the planet when I was a kid.


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Dana (aryaofwinterfell) | 1 comments These probably aren't classics, probably, but my favorite books when I was in elementary school were:

Misty of Chincoteague
Stormy, Misty's Foal
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher: A Magic Shop Book

I remember re-reading those books a million times. My favorite middle school books were:

The Whole Pern Series
Ender's Game
Dragon's Blood: The Pit Dragon Chronicles, Volume One (and the whole series, there are 3)
A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Lord Valentine's Castle


message 50: by Nathan (new)

Nathan (nathlawless) Dana wrote: "These probably aren't classics, probably, but my favorite books when I was in elementary school were:

Misty of Chincoteague
Stormy, Misty's Foal
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher: A Magic Shop Book
..."


Another Ender's Game fan!! ;) I loved that book, can't wait for the movie.


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