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message 1: by Rosemarie, Northern Roaming Scholar (last edited Aug 01, 2018 12:15PM) (new)

Rosemarie | 9697 comments Mod
I am a big maker of lists and a big reader of lists.
Please share your top ten favourite books in this category. If you can't think of 10 at once, you can start your list and add to it later.
These can be books you read as a child, an adult, or at more than one age.


message 2: by Rosemarie, Northern Roaming Scholar (new)

Rosemarie | 9697 comments Mod
Rosemarie's Favourites

Not in any particular order:

1. Heidi by Johanna Spyri
2. The Railway Children by E. Nesbit


message 3: by Bernard (last edited Aug 01, 2018 12:23PM) (new)

Bernard Smith | 3565 comments Any Moomin book, but especially Finn Family Moomintroll.


Finn Family Moomintroll by Tove Jansson


message 4: by Claire (new)

Claire  | 249 comments I allways loved
1. Little Women
2. Heidi
3. Anything by Jules Verne
4. Grimm's Fairytales For Children And The Household
5. Nobody's Boy
6. Only found them as an adult Anne of Green Gables
7. Pietje Bell
8. The Diary of a Young Girl
9. Alice in Wonderland
10. The Three Musketeers, though it was an adapted version


message 5: by Rachana (new)

Rachana | 48 comments First introduction to Children's classics are the stories of Cinderella; Snow white and the Seven Dwarfs and The Little Red Riding Hood but I read them properly as a book (a very old hardcover or might be in the library binding) much later gifted by the family of a school friend and it was Grimm's Fairy tales.. so

The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales
Alice in Wonderland
Heidi by Johanna Spyri are the ones.


message 8: by Inese (last edited Aug 23, 2018 01:40AM) (new)

Inese Okonova | 76 comments Ineses favourites in random order:

1. Seacrow Island by Astrid Lindgren
2. The Brothers Lionheart by Astrid Lindgren
3. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
4. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne
5. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
6. Karlsson on the Roof by Astrid Lindgren
7. almost anything by Gerald Durrell especially his Corfu books, for example My Family and Other Animals
8. The Story of Doctor Dolittle and The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
9. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
10. Emil and the Detectives, Pünktchen und Anton and Lottie and Lisa by Erich Kästner
I realize that some of these books are considered controversial nowadays, but I fell in love with them at innocent age and can not change it.


message 9: by Manybooks (last edited Dec 29, 2018 03:59PM) (new)

Manybooks | 476 comments It will be hard to have a list of just ten books, but here goes

Madita (in German, this edition contains both Madicken novels, and I do NOT like the English translations all that much if at all)

Das doppelte Lottchen (the English translations are alright but I still love the German original best)

The Secret Garden

Little Women

Das fliegende Klassenzimmer (again the English translations are good but for me not the same as reading the original)

Heidi (the only English translation I have found readable enough is the one by Eileen Hall)

Anne of Green Gables (and sequels)

Forever . . . (just because it is so controversial and freaked out my mother)

Black Beauty

Die unendliche Geschichte (have not read in English, absolutely hated the movies)


message 10: by Rosemarie, Northern Roaming Scholar (new)

Rosemarie | 9697 comments Mod
I still have Doppelte Lottchen on my to read list.
I really like Heidi and bought a copy in German on one of my trips to Germany. I asked in one bookstore, and they had never heard of it!


message 11: by Manybooks (new)

Manybooks | 476 comments Rosemarie wrote: "I still have Doppelte Lottchen on my to read list.
I really like Heidi and bought a copy in German on one of my trips to Germany. I asked in one bookstore, and they had never heard of it!"


They had not heard of Heidi? Are they from Mars?


message 12: by Manybooks (new)

Manybooks | 476 comments Rosemarie wrote: "I still have Doppelte Lottchen on my to read list.
I really like Heidi and bought a copy in German on one of my trips to Germany. I asked in one bookstore, and they had never heard of it!"


You should really read Das doppelte Lottchen.


message 13: by Rosemarie, Northern Roaming Scholar (new)

Rosemarie | 9697 comments Mod
I am reading this winter, for sure. I liked Das Fliegende Klassenzimmer and Emil und die Detektiven.


message 14: by Manybooks (new)

Manybooks | 476 comments Rosemarie wrote: "I am reading this winter, for sure. I liked Das Fliegende Klassenzimmer and Emil und die Detektiven."

I am sure you will enjoy it, at least I hope you do.


message 15: by Violet Potter (new)

Violet Potter (violetpotter101) | 6 comments 1. PollyAnna
2. Grims Fairy tales


message 16: by Violet Potter (new)

Violet Potter (violetpotter101) | 6 comments 3. Black Beauty


message 17: by Violet Potter (new)

Violet Potter (violetpotter101) | 6 comments 4.Peter Pan
5.The little princess
6.The adventures of tom Sawyer


message 18: by Rosemarie, Northern Roaming Scholar (new)

Rosemarie | 9697 comments Mod
I loved Pollyanna and The Little Princess, Violet.


message 19: by Violet Potter (new)

Violet Potter (violetpotter101) | 6 comments Yah, I still do!


message 20: by Audrey (new)

Audrey (niceyackerman) | 74 comments Alice in Wonderland
The Secret Garden
A Little Princess
The Phantom Tollbooth
Anne of Green Gables

Does Tom Sawyer count as children’s? Or the YA of the time?


message 21: by Rosemarie, Northern Roaming Scholar (new)

Rosemarie | 9697 comments Mod
Tom Sawyer counts, for sure!


message 23: by Lesle, Appalachain Bibliophile (new)

Lesle | 5735 comments Mod
I still enjoy Charlotte's Web, Black Beauty, The Secret Garden and the Little Princess!


message 24: by Manybooks (last edited Mar 18, 2019 05:47AM) (new)

Manybooks | 476 comments Lesle wrote: "I still enjoy Charlotte's Web, Black Beauty, The Secret Garden and the Little Princess!"

I absolutely love Black Beauty but am kind of glad I first read the book in my early 20s as I think horse crazy I would have been devastated by the abuse and neglect depicted if had read Black Beauty as a child.


message 25: by Tony (new)

Tony | 97 comments Some childhood favourites - makes me want to read Wind in the Willows again - it's like PG Wodehouse for children.

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

The Hobbit or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer byMark Twain

Tales from Moominvalley by Tove Jansson

The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton


message 26: by Rosemarie, Northern Roaming Scholar (new)

Rosemarie | 9697 comments Mod
Two books I read as an adult when my daughters were small and have recently reread:
Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner


message 27: by Lesle, Appalachain Bibliophile (new)

Lesle | 5735 comments Mod
What is it about Pooh Bear? Eeyore was always a favorite of mine. "It's not much of a tail but I'm attached to it!"

Brayden had the book out Saturday, not sure if he was just picture looking or reading, before we decided to finish his 300 piece puzzle and a round of Yahtzee!


message 28: by Rosemarie, Northern Roaming Scholar (new)

Rosemarie | 9697 comments Mod
Each chapter in the Pooh books are an individual adventure, and some of them are very funny. And all of them are charming and very well written.


message 29: by Rosemarie, Northern Roaming Scholar (new)

Rosemarie | 9697 comments Mod
That sounds like a fun way to spend time with Brayden. I love doing jigsaw puzzles. But then I stay I way too late trying to find just one more piece.

I don't know if I mentioned them earlier, but I loved The Little House on the Prairie books when I was in grade school.


Kelly_Hunsaker_reads ... | 195 comments Of Mice and Men. The Secret Garden. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Little House in the Big Woods.


message 31: by Lesle, Appalachain Bibliophile (last edited Mar 19, 2019 06:19AM) (new)

Lesle | 5735 comments Mod
I also enjoy The Little House series!

Every girl at Church for their birthday my Mom would get them the first 4 books for them to enjoy. Mom loved them as much as we do!


Kelly_Hunsaker_reads ... | 195 comments Lesle wrote: "I also enjoy The Little House series!

Every girl at Church for their birthday my Mom would get them the first 4 books for them to enjoy. Mom loved them as much as we do!"


That is so cool! Books are the best gifts


message 33: by Mark (new)

Mark André It was a long time ago.

1) If I Ran the Zoo Seuss
2) The Cat In The Hat Seuss
3) Winnie the Pooh Milne
4) House at Pooh Corners Milne
5) Goodnight Moon Brown


message 34: by Rosemarie, Northern Roaming Scholar (new)

Rosemarie | 9697 comments Mod
I love Good Night Moon! I know it by heart.


message 35: by Samantha, Cajun Literary Belle (new)

Samantha (cajunliterarybelle) | 3544 comments Mod
I had never read Good Night Moon until a month or so ago. We had it at the library in our board books to give away for 1,000 books before kindergarten. We aren’t allowed to read on the job. When others heard my say that I’ve never read it, they all told me to sit down and read it real quick. Nice little book. I see why it’s such a classic.


message 36: by Mark (new)

Mark André Rosemarie wrote: "I love Good Night Moon! I know it by heart."
It’s funny how young children pick a favorite book and then want to hear it read over and over again for ages. Yes, knowing it by heart is the only way! - )


message 37: by Jazzy (new)

Jazzy Lemon (jazzylemon) | 2163 comments I think we should have ages associated with this as I don't think Of Mice and Men or Forever is suitable for a 2 year old :)


message 38: by Lesle, Appalachain Bibliophile (last edited Feb 01, 2020 03:04PM) (new)

Lesle | 5735 comments Mod
Mark wrote: "It’s funny how young children pick a favorite book and then want to hear it read over and over again for ages. Yes, knowing it by hear..."

I think I might have to agree with you on that one Mark! My Grandsons loved the Disney version of The Jungle Book read to them almost every night before bedtime! I got away from reading to them except at Christmas time.


message 39: by Patrick, From USA Sci-fi/Fantasy & Horror (new)

Patrick | 698 comments Mod
Hmmm my favorite classic children's books include:

1. Peter Pan
2. The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales
3. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
4. The Hobbit
5. Benjamin West and His Cat Grimalkin
6. The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter
7. The Boxcar Children (book 1)
8. Aesop's Fables
9. Anne of Green Gables
10. Black Beauty


message 41: by Bernard (new)

Bernard Smith | 3565 comments Am I allowed to nominate 10 Moomin books?


message 42: by Rosemarie, Northern Roaming Scholar (new)

Rosemarie | 9697 comments Mod
This is about your favourite books, so you get to choose, Bernard.


message 44: by Kathy (new)

Kathy | 1136 comments Some of my favorites are not the well-known classics, but I didn't read those until I was an adult. Some I'm counting as classic simply because they're more than 50 years old!

The Cat in the Hat - Seuss
Pippi Longstocking - Astrid Lindgren
Island of the Blue Dolphins - Scott O'Dell
Caddie Woodlawn - Carol Ryrie Brink
Bennett Cerf's Book of Laughs
The Secret Language - Ursula Nordstrom
The Secret of the Mansion - Julie Campbell (and other Trixie Belden mysteries)
Depend On Katie John - Mary Calhoun
Mr. Popper's Penguins - Richard Atwater
Runaway Alice - Frances Salomon Murphy


message 45: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten  (kmcripn) The Dark Is Rising series - Susan Cooper


message 46: by Rosemarie, Northern Roaming Scholar (new)

Rosemarie | 9697 comments Mod
That series is good, Kirsten. I've read it twice so far.


message 47: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten  (kmcripn) Rosemarie wrote: "That series is good, Kirsten. I've read it twice so far."

I know!! I recently re-read at the age of 55 and it was good as it was at 10!


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