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06-05-2007, 08:08 PM
Lately I've been reading more children's books. I don't know why; I seem to go through phases of reading history, then move onto biographies, and then onto novels or poems or true crime.

Maybe I'm gearing up to writing a few children's stories, who knows? It's probably just the way my taste for reading is at the moment.

So I wondered what everyone's favourite children's books were?

Mine are:

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - CS Lewis
Charlotte's Web - EB White
The Twits - Roald Dahl
Tom's Midnight Garden - Philippa Pearce

06-05-2007, 08:22 PM
Rinki-Tink in Oz- Frank Baum
Choose Your Own Adventure tm books
Any Roald Dahl
The Jungle Book -Kipling
The Dark Is Rising series by Susan Cooper

06-05-2007, 08:49 PM
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Fog Magic by Julia L. Sauer

and in picture books...

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

06-05-2007, 08:49 PM
When I was a child, I loved anything about horses, so: My Friend Flicka, all the Black Stallion books, and Black Beauty (Anna Sewell). I also loved The Pinballs by Betsy Byars and A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle.

My kids have loved (read aloud by me): all the Harry Potter books, The Secret Garden, The Thief Lord, The Hobbit and The Little House in the Big Woods.

On his own, my son (9) has read and enjoyed: Holes (Louis Sachar), Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (Judy Blume) and The Bridge to Terabithia.

Hope this helps!

Calla Lily
06-05-2007, 09:10 PM
A Little Princess--Burnett
Tatsinda--Elizabeth Enright
The Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander

And, of course: The Giver by Lois Lowry
and Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag

06-05-2007, 09:19 PM
Secret Garden
The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe
The Velveteen Rabbit - my kids get incredibly mellow and calm when I read this one. They love it.
My son is a huge fan of Peter Pan movies, has seen as many variations as he can get his hands on and since he loves bedtime stories I just ordered Peter Pan and Wendy by JM Barie. I can't wait to get it!

board books for really young kids: ANY book by Sandra Boynton - My favorites (that I've actually read so many times I've memorized) are The Going To Bed Book and Pajama Time.

06-05-2007, 09:21 PM
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise
Are you my mother? by P.D. Eastman
Winnie the Pooh by A.E. Milne
Any Oz book
Superfudge by Judy Blume

Calla Lily
06-05-2007, 09:31 PM
My kids loved Boynton board books when they were little. Doggies and Moo, Baa, La la la were their (and our) favorites.

I almost forgot Goodnight, Moon.

06-05-2007, 09:59 PM
So hard to choose!
However, I do love the Term books by Antonia Forest, and the family books that were set in the school holidays - easily the best girls' boarding school series.
Rosemary Sutcliff's Eagle of the Ninth is brilliant (her Roman hero is searching for the lost eagle standard of the Ninth Legion).
When I want to wallow in nostalgia, I turn to Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons (two families of kids messing about in boats on Windermere in the 1920s)
I love Madeleine L'Engle, too.
Bridge to Terabithia made me cry when I first read it, as an adult.
Geoffrey Trease wrote a brilliant series about kids at a day school in the Lake District (before this, almost all school stories had been boarding school stories). No Boats on Bannermere is the first one, and they all have Banner in the title.
Lucy Boston's Green Knowe series, about the history of an ancient house, are wonderful too - the young hero meets the ghosts of the children who used to live there. Even better, you can visit the real house! She based the stories on her own house, Hemingford Greys, which is now open to the public by appointment (the gardens are open all the time), and some of the things mentioned in the stories are still there, like the rocking horse in the attic.

06-05-2007, 10:53 PM
Lazy Tommy Pumpkinhead (http://www.amazon.com/Lazy-Tommy-Pumpkinhead-William-P%C3%A8ne/dp/B0006BNLXG) - I can't believe that a used copy now goes for $110 :Jaw:

06-06-2007, 02:30 AM
As a kid I used to read a lot of Enid Blyton - famous five, secret seven, all that.
In more recent years I love the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman, but it's debatable if they are really children's book. He won the Whitbread award for one of them, but they have some pretty grown-up themes.
Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass are superb books of course too, but again they can be enjoyed by kids on one level and by adults on other levels

Jedi Dad
06-06-2007, 02:43 AM
So I wondered what everyone's favourite children's books were?

Where the Red Fern Grows

Mud Dauber
06-06-2007, 03:32 AM
Hands down, the Frog and Toad Series: Frog and Toad are Friends, Frog and Toad Together, and Frog and Toad All Year, by Arnold Lobel. He was the master:Hail: of writing simple stories about true friendship, in a way that was never condescending or patronizing to kids. In fact, he'd be number one on my list of authors I wish I could have lunch with, just so I could thank him for all the warm, fuzzy, feel-good moments I've had while reading his stories.:heart:

If you're asking about YA or MG fiction, it would be the Little House series, particularly On the Banks of Plum Creek, by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

06-06-2007, 04:07 AM
If you're talking about true children's books, I would have to say Goodnight Moon, and anything by Dr. Seuss except for Fox In Socks because the tongue twisters kill me but my son loves it. My favorite Dr. Seuss book is definitely There's a Wocket In My Pocket.

If you're talking about YA and not true children's books, I would go with any of the Black Stallion books (I read them all at least a hundred times when I was younger), the Trixie Belden series, and Where The Red Fern Grows. I read that one for the first time in 5th grade and it was the first book that made me cry. It still makes me cry! :)

06-06-2007, 04:10 AM
To me (and, it seems, most of Britain's bookshops) children are anyone under the age of majority - 18. So young adult books are still for children. The bookshop I was in yesterday divides them into age groups but there's no standard classification in this country, really.

Waterstone's has pre-school, young readers, 8-12 and Teen shelves, but it varies from shop to shop.

06-06-2007, 10:56 AM
As with the previous posts, I also enjoyed Enid Blyton with her amazing output, and Roald Dahl with his refreshing sugar-free style.

The whole Narnia series by C.S. Lewis was brilliant and read many times, but Prince Caspian my favourite.

A few specific books I do remember well are The Phoenix and the Carpet by E. Nesbit and Fattypuffs and Thinifers by Andre Maurois.

I'd agree with rosebud1981 about His Dark Materials and Alice in Wonderland operating on different levels. That's their charm and (potential) longevity I suppose.

06-06-2007, 01:04 PM
The Jungle Books
The Chronicles of Narnia
Harry Potter
His Dark Materials
Where the Red Fern Grows
Watership Down
The Giving Tree
Sweet Pickles
Kavik the Wolf Dog

06-06-2007, 01:06 PM
I'd say The Twits is one of my favourites - The Witches, too. I could happily read them now.

For reading to my wee lad (he likes to lick the book and vomit on it - doesn't seem to really care much for any plots or the like), there is a great book called "Peace at Last" about a bear who can't get any sleep - it's fantastic for making noises.

Harper K
06-06-2007, 07:00 PM
My favorite books as a kid were Louise Fitzhugh's Harriet the Spy and Judy Blume's Otherwise Known as Shelia the Great. Gotta love spunky heroines. I wrote so many stories inspired by those two books.

Laura Ingalls Wilder's books were like comfort food to me. I read The Long Winter so many times!

Beverly Cleary's books about Ramona were favorites of mine too. Ramona The Brave was the first novel I read by myself, and I still count Ramona and Her Father as one of my favorite books of all time. Oh, and around the same age, I liked Carolyn Haywood's Betsy books. The first Betsy books came out in the 1930s, and the final one was published in the 1970s. They're still in print, with new covers. "B" Is For Betsy was the first one, and the final one was Betsy's Play School. Great books for 7 and 8-year-old girls.

(Also, I appreciated how Beverly Cleary's Ramona referred to reading books about Betsy, too: "Ramona liked reading about Betsy because everyone in the books was so nice to her." Paraphrased to the best of my memory. It made the budding sardonic 8-year-old me laugh out loud.)

About 2 years ago, I started doing contract work for Scholastic, putting together foreign language editions of their picture books, and around the same time I got interested in reading and writing YA lit. So now I have a whole host of new favorites. I won't bug you with the full list, but here are some highlights. :)

Favorite picture books: Zen Shorts, by Jon J. Muth, and Ella Takes the Cake, by Carmela and Steven D'amico
Favorite middle grade novel: The View From Saturday, by E.L. Konigsburg
Favorite YA novels: Looking For Alaska, by John Green; Markus Zusak's I Am The Messenger and The Book Thief

06-25-2007, 09:42 PM
Harriet the Spy!

The Phantom Tollbooth!

I've read both these a couple times since I've been an adult, and enjoyed them fully.

06-26-2007, 03:22 AM
Mine are the "Junie B. Jones" books by ... name escapes me. These are great read-alouds for my kids because they lend themselves to doing voices. (Not that I long for an audience or anything ... ;) )


06-27-2007, 05:07 PM
Illustrated storybooks (longer than a picture book): The Griffin and the Minor Canon by Frank Stockton, illustrated by Maurice Sendak; The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame, illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard

Middle readers: all of E. B. White (yeah, I'm a dinosaur), The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, Frankie! (title character is a griffin) by Wilanne Schneider Belden

Christine N.
06-27-2007, 06:07 PM
I almost exclusively read MG and YA books now. The stories seem to be so much better crafted, the fantasies more fantastical.

Harry Potter (of course), Madeline L'Engle's books, Tamora Pierce anything, Peter Pan...

Penguin Queen
06-27-2007, 09:01 PM
I had a big children's books phase. There's some great stuff out there. :)
Some of my all-time favourites are Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, also his Victorian books, a series of four starting with The Ruby in the Smoke. Great, atmospheric stuff with plenty of adventure, heartbreak, politics and a fabulous heroine.

Pretty much everything by Joan Aiken, esp. the Dido Twite books, starting with The Wolves of Willowby Chase. If I had to chose eight books to take to a desert island, there'd be at least one Joan Aiken among them. Glorious stuff. In fact, the Victorian Philip Pullman stuff is rather like the Dido Twite books in some ways.

Some Jenny Nimmo - The Snow Spider Trilogy is really rather good.

Rosemary Sutcliffe is a bit old-fashioned now but I do like some of her stuff like Song for a Dark Queen -- about Boudicca. Very good.

Helen Cresswell, both her funny books, esp. The Bagthorpes; and some of her mysterious/mystery ones like Moon Dial and The Secret World of Polly Flint. Oooh, I must re-read that one, it's such a security-blanket of a book. :)

Nancy Farmer, The Ear, the Eye and the Arm - a fabulous adventure tale set in the future in Africa. I do wish there was much more about like this.

06-27-2007, 11:03 PM
No one has yet said one of my favorites: Harold and the Purple Crayon.

Also liked LtW&tW, & Harriet the Spy.

A not very well known book that I really enjoyed was Voyage of the Basset. Anyone read it? It's a great crash course in fantasy and the illustrations are wonderful.

06-28-2007, 12:40 AM
The Giving Tree

Dunno if anyone mentioned it yet. I think it was written by Shel Silverstein.

Danger Jane
06-28-2007, 01:06 AM
The Velveteen Rabbit.

Also the Easter Parade but I don't think anyone ever heard of it. I think mostly I liked that because there was a chick named nancy in it.

I loved these rather graphic, beautifully illustrated versions of the Illiad, the Odyssey, and Jason and the Argonauts that I had when I was around ten. That's when I realized I loved the ancient Greeks :hooray:

Also The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster.

06-28-2007, 01:28 AM
My childhood favorite is Thin Arnold, a book that has so completely disappeared off the face of the earth, the only evidence I could find of it was from some guy who had retyped it on his web site because his copy had been destroyed.

I also had all the Encyclopedia Brown books when I was in 4th and 5th grades. I think it was the start of my dork typecasting.

06-28-2007, 01:41 AM
I found A Wrinkle in Time in Dundee Central Library - should I be excited?

Penguin Queen
06-28-2007, 02:34 AM
I read this a while back... it's lovely, but a little old-fashioned. But I remember there being more to it than what I had originally thought.
Not excited, mebbe, but pleased, certainly.

Oooh, and I forgot one absolute favourite that had me giggling pretty much all the way through -- Eva Ibbotson, Which Witch?

Danger Jane
06-28-2007, 10:59 PM
I found A Wrinkle in Time in Dundee Central Library - should I be excited?


Shady Lane
06-28-2007, 11:04 PM
The Velveteen Rabbit.

Also the Easter Parade but I don't think anyone ever heard of it. I think mostly I liked that because there was a chick named nancy in it.

I loved these rather graphic, beautifully illustrated versions of the Illiad, the Odyssey, and Jason and the Argonauts that I had when I was around ten. That's when I realized I loved the ancient Greeks :hooray:

Also The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster.

Love the Phantom Tollbooth.

And those silly ancient Greeks, for that matter.

Danger Jane
06-28-2007, 11:07 PM
Love the Phantom Tollbooth.

And those silly ancient Greeks, for that matter.

Brain twins?

They were pretty silly...I mean come on, Trojan War WTF. Probably I shouldn't have been reading about the Argonauts at such a young age, though...I mean people got chopped up in that.

06-28-2007, 11:13 PM
Captain Mallow's Purple Island of Terror by Gebrant Marsh

07-02-2007, 08:57 PM
Captain Mallow's Purple Island of Terror by Gebrant Marsh

I haven't heard of it, but the title's definetly enough to intriuge me.

07-10-2007, 04:59 PM
Ah, children's books are the best. They always stay with you. Some of my favorites are:

Harold and His Purple Crayon
Goodnight, Moon
The Stinky Cheese Man
A Wrinkle in Time
The Giver

All great stuff. Then I went to high school and just hated (hated!) what they made us read. Not a good way to carry on my love of reading. Luckily, I found books again in college.

Azure Skye
07-10-2007, 09:01 PM
I've been immersing myself in a lot of children's literature lately. A recent one, that I found in the library accidentally: Gilda Jones, Psychic Investigator and The Ladies of the Lake both by Jennifer Allison. Great characters, Gilda is hilarious, great stories...very pleased.

The Gaia Girls series by Lee Welles. Book two just came out. If you want your kids to learn about the environment in a fun way these books will do it.

A Wrinkle in Time, already mentioned.

The Anne of Green Gables series, L. M. Montgomery.

And of course some of the classics, Beatrix Potter stories, Winnie the Pooh, and I even like reading the Nancy Drew books.

07-10-2007, 09:24 PM
Rutherford Montgomery's Golden Stallion books.
Misty of Chincoteague
Rosemary Sutcliff
Dark is Rising
Warrior Heir by Chima

These are really for older children and teens but I still enjoy reading well-done children's books.

07-10-2007, 09:28 PM
Mine are the "Junie B. Jones" books by ... name escapes me. These are great read-alouds for my kids because they lend themselves to doing voices. (Not that I long for an audience or anything ... ;) )

Barbara Park is the author

07-14-2007, 02:55 PM
The Classics:
Rudyard Kipling's Jungle books and Stalky and Co
Frances Hodgkin Burnet - especially The Secret Garden
E.E. Nesbit - especially Five Children and It
Beatrice Potter
A.A. Milne
Alison Utterly

That fantastic series of pre and post WW11 books from the OUP stable of authors.
Arthur Ransome,
Cynthia Harnett
Rosemary Sutcliffe
and whoever said she was dated should read 'The Mark of the Horse Lord' or 'Warrior Scarlet' again.
Barbara Willard
Lucy M Boston
Henry Treece
Geoffery Treece
Ronald Welsh
William Mayne

Then came Penguin with
Alan Garner
Diane Wynn Jones
and then came
Margaret Mahy

And of course there are the moderns who are often a pleasure to read.
Anne Fine
Jackie Wilson
JK Rowling

I reread these authors every year in the hope of learning from their story telling skills.

07-14-2007, 07:36 PM
My daughter (about to turn 11) likes Wayside Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar and his other books with similar titles.

07-21-2007, 03:54 PM
pdr - if I were making a list of my favourites, it would be almost identical to yours!

Just a couple of additions - Antonia Forest's Term books, possibly the best girls' boarding school stories ever written
and Susan Cooper's Dark is Rising series.

07-24-2007, 09:00 PM
Mine are the "Junie B. Jones" books by ... name escapes me. These are great read-alouds for my kids because they lend themselves to doing voices. (Not that I long for an audience or anything ... ;) )


Junie B Jones makes me want to punch things. She's a whiny, self-absorbed, back-talking twit. If any child I nannied for ever ever EVER spoke the way that little wench speaks, I'd park their rear ends in a chair to stare at the corner for a half hour. Ugh. She just makes me want to vomit and tell kids to run for the kills.

I liked Island of the Blue Dolphins...
Oh, and My Side of the Mountain...
I was a huge Arabel and Mortimer fan...
I thoroughly enjoy Clementine books because, well, they're about me!

07-24-2007, 09:02 PM
Malcolm Muggeridge and the Twins of Goth

07-24-2007, 09:22 PM
I love children's books. Some of my favorites have already been mentioned, like the Pinballs by Betsy Byars, Harry Potter, the Little House series, etc.

I loved the Betsy Tacy and Tib books by Maud Hart Lovelace. The Secret Language by Ursula Nordstrom is another favorite.

07-24-2007, 09:29 PM
Piddle Strathmore's adventures in Yellow Stone

07-25-2007, 01:46 AM
I always say this: The Faraway Tree books by Enid Blyton. They were the first books to take me to a different world.

07-25-2007, 07:51 PM
Enid Blyton wrote something over 500 books - and the Faraway Tree is asked for more than any other (I used to work in the Children's Bookshop, which is how I know).

07-31-2007, 10:38 PM
I keep going back to all sorts of children's books for the sheer pleasure of it (my Honours thesis was on Nancy Drew and other girls' series books in the first half of the twentieth century; Penny Parker is well worth a read. If I have girls, I am definitely stocking their bookshelves with those!) and I was a pretty dedicated reader when I was little (I got such a smile on my face seeing somebody had mentioned the Wayside School books-- those are funny no matter what your age!) but these are pretty much my all-time favourites:

Peter Pan by JM Barrie
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Balloon Tree by Phoebe Gillman
The Vesper Holly series by Lloyd Alexander
CS Lewis's complete Narnia series (although The Horse and His Boy and The Magician's Nephew are my favourites by a narrow margin).

I liked the Mystery Kids and Mystery Club series by Fiona Kelly (although I believe that's just a pseudonym for several different writers) but I found them rather late, just as I was starting to grow more into adult mysteries than juvenile. I also burned through scores of Enid Blyton books; I liked the Naughtiest Girl series and I greatly preferred the Famous Five to the Secret Seven, but I think my absolute favourites were the Adventure series; Jack, Lucy Ann, Philip and Dinah were my heroes, and I'll still flip through those today when I come across them.

08-07-2007, 04:12 PM
Watership Down

Watership Down wasn't a children's book or even YA. It was an adult book.

My favorite children's books, and I don't know what age category we're considering here, so:

Anything by Dr. Seuss
The Wizard of Oz series
The Once and Future King (Sword in the Stone)
The Mouse and the Motorcycle

08-08-2007, 09:07 PM
As a child I loved the library and books. I read a lot and the only book that really struck me as a child that I had to revisit again and again is...


This is a wonderful fun book that I have had the joy of sharing with my children.

08-09-2007, 01:50 AM
A not very well known book that I really enjoyed was Voyage of the Basset. Anyone read it? It's a great crash course in fantasy and the illustrations are wonderful.

Oh, yes, I have that one - I think it was actually a sequel to Dinotopia, but I could be mixing up my fabulously illustrated children's fantasy books there...

08-09-2007, 01:52 AM
My Father's Dragon, by Ruth Stiles Gannett. There are also two sequels, but this was always my favorite...

08-09-2007, 03:01 PM
I was browsing through an old magazine the other day and came across a mention of a wonderful book that I'd completely forgotten. It's called A Swarm in May, by William Mayne, and it's about a choir school and a special cathedral service for the bees that make the beeswax for the candles.
There were two sequels, too - Cathedral Wednesday and Chorister's Cake, both very rare now.

09-18-2007, 09:38 PM
Merle the High Flying Squirrel by Bill Peet

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

The Mystery Boys and the Inca Gold by Van Powell

09-18-2007, 09:56 PM
The Lion's Bed
Turtle's Flying Lesson
Andrew Henry's Meadow
The Country Bunny and the Little Golden Shoes

09-19-2007, 09:31 PM
The Prydain chronicles by Lloyd Alexander
The Neverending story by Michael Ende
I did like Anne of Green Gables (the whole series)
and The Little House on the Prairie (ditto)
The Moomin books by Tove Jansson

09-19-2007, 09:59 PM
Sukey and the Mermaid :)

09-19-2007, 10:05 PM
A lot of my favorite books were written for kids :D. I love Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown. These two always soothed my kids when they were sleepy and cranky.

The Bad Island by William Steig. This was my favorite book as a kid; I took it out of the library every week. My mom found me my own copy for my 18th birthday :D

The Rainbow Goblins by Ul De Rico. This has been a favorite forever because of the absolutely beautiful artwork.

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams is another one that I have loved forever. It made me act much nicer to my stuffed animals.

Animalia and The Eleventh Hour by Graeme Base. Again, I love the artwork so much. The Eleventh Hour is a lot of fun to solve with your kids and Animalia is my favorite alphabet book of all time.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is a beuatiful story though I always was angry with the boy.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This made me love gardening. I have always wanted a walled, hidden garden wild with roses thanks to this book.

I heard someone mention Zen Shorts. My daughter Katrina requests that I read this book almost nightly. She loves the story. She says it's her favorite and is special because the author signed it for her. I really love it as well.

There are many more children's books that I love, but I can't think right now.

09-19-2007, 10:07 PM
The Very Hungry Caterpillar. My 2-year-old and I have this memorized.


09-19-2007, 10:24 PM
The Gruffalo (http://www.gruffalo.com/). Just the best.

09-20-2007, 12:29 AM
The Little Prince - if that can be called a kids' book. In my opinion it's for everyone. The more who read it the better. :D

Others are Ende's Momo and The Neverending Story (two of my all-time faves and again, I'd recommend them to all adults), Mary Poppins (I still know them almost by heart), that charming cozy book 'The Wind in the willows', and not to mention 'Peter Pan', a jewel of naive wisdom, possibly the best kind of wisdom there is.;)

I find many great kids' books are wise in a truer way than many adults' ones. I'm sure there are loads that I've never stumbled on but I'm sure I'll be able to read them even when I'm old. As well as re-reading the ones I've mentioned - does me some good and reminds me of stuff I shouldn't have forgotten. The world should have more great children's fic - there's never too much.

09-20-2007, 12:45 AM
Mourka the Mighty Cat
(Lee Wyndham, Charles Mikolaycak) (http://www.alibris.com/search/books/author/Wyndham%2C%20Lee%2C%20and%20Mikolaycak%2C)

The illustrations are fantastic, the story is delightful, and the whole thing gives you a real feel for another time and place...namely, old Russia. The book alternates between serious and hilarious and never talks down to its audience. It is charming in every way.

09-27-2007, 07:21 AM
The Animated Thumbtack Railroad Dollhouse & All-Around Surprise Book, Evening Edition.

Mother, Mother, I Feel Sick! Send for the Doctor, Quick, Quick, Quick!

The Dorrie books by Patricia Coombs. We named our cat Gink after Dorrie's.

09-27-2007, 07:25 AM
Make Way for Ducklings

09-27-2007, 08:45 PM
Anything by Roald Dahl is eggsellent. I'm also a big fan of nonsense writers like Edward Lear and the master of gothic whimsy, Edward Gorey.

10-08-2007, 05:53 AM
Nothing really compares to The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe to me. Also love The Magician's Nephew and am realising that that book has influenced my erotic romance in subtle ways. Also I did not realise I use phrases from that book in my daily life. (I've been listening to Kenneth Branagh's audio CD of it while doing housework.
The Secret Garden
Alice Through the Looking Glass
The Sneetchs and The Sleep Book by Dr Suess

10-10-2007, 01:06 AM
I just ordered The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Runaway Ralph and The Indian in the Cupboard - some of my favorites - for my son. I can't wait to read them to him!

10-10-2007, 01:07 AM
I'd like to recommend Theresa Breslin's books. I might have mentioned her in this thread before, or elsewhere.

Yesterday I got Divided City from the library, and I've read some of her MG books, too. This one, however, is YA.

10-10-2007, 02:08 AM
Thursday's Child and Far to Go by Noel Streatfeild

10-10-2007, 05:35 AM
Sabriel by Garth Nix
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynn Jones
The Phantom Tollbooth, I can't remember the author off the top of my head

10-10-2007, 05:39 AM
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

10-10-2007, 11:36 AM
ooooh The Phantom Tollbooth how could I forget!!!
The Twelfth Day of July

10-10-2007, 11:49 AM
I don't know about favorites, but I just finished Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.

10-10-2007, 08:33 PM
Norman Juster was the Phantom Tollbooth.
I have happy memories of Jackanory, the long-running children's BBC programme that basically read out a book a week, over five afternoons. They got Anthony Quayle to read The Rats of NIMH, and it was wonderful.
That programme also introduced me to Pippi Longstocking, and Mrs Pepperpot, and many more. They even did the Oddessy, with Tony Robinson (Baldrick in Blackadder) just walking along a beach and telling the story, with no props or special effects - it was brilliant!