Sat Nam! (Literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

The Wind in the Willows
Winnie the Pooh
The first three Mary Poppins books (the originals, not the Disney version)
The early pre-Cat-in-the-Hat Seuss books, especially Horton Hatches an Egg and On Beyond Zebra
I loved every fairytale I could lay my hands on. (And no, they aren't all about passive girls waiting for prince charming. Sometimes the girls are the ones who rescue the men.)
A children's version of the Arabian Nights (which is ultimately about a women rescuing her fellow women)
Jade Snow Wong's autobiography (which I no longer have)

I read The Lord of the Rings as a teenager and loved it. Still do. The Hobbit leaves me oddly cold, though.
Didn't discover the Narnia books until I was an adult, sad to say.

But I didn't just read kid's books. As a teenager, I also read The Brothers Karamazov, Steppenwolf, Pride and Prejudice and many of the Sherlock Holmes stories. And I read scads of poetry starting at age 11.


Siri Kirpal