Monday, April 2, 2012

It's International Children's Book Day

Falling on or around Hans Christian Anderson’s birthday, Children’s Book Day celebrates children’s books and encourages children to read. It is sponsored yearly by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), an international non-profit organization. Activities include writing competitions, announcements of book awards and events with authors of children's literature.

Here are a few of the most memorable titles from my much younger years:


Anything from Dr. Seuss:



Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret:



Harriet The Spy:



How To Eat Fried Worms:



Black Beauty:


What are some of your favourite books from your early years?

20 comments:

  1. Dr. Seuess I liked. Even though they weren't kids books, I was hooked on Lord of the Rings since grade school.

    My other favorite was the "Three Investigators" books. I read every single book that was out in that series.

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    1. It seems that Dr. Seuss is a favourite for many. I've never heard of the 'Three Investigators' books. I'll have to look that up.

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  2. I loved horses and many of my favourite childhood books revolved around them. Some were short stories and others were longer. Reading helped develop my vocabulary tremendously. Here's my list:

    1. "The Black Stallion" by Walter Farley
    2. "Cloud" by Sam Savitt
    3. "Vicki and the Black Horse" by Sam Savitt
    4. "My Friend Flicka" by Mary O'Hara

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    1. Reading is one of the greatest ways to develop vocabulary! I encouraged both my girls to read when they were young, and they both have a huge love for books. Now that they're older, we often recommend and lend books to one another. 'The Black Stallion' sounds very familiar. It's possible I may have read that.

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  3. I also loved Harriet The Spy :) Did you ever read The Henry and Ramona books by Beverly Cleary?

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    1. How funny that we both enjoyed Harriet The Spy! I have a copy of that book. I picked it up years ago for my two girls but they never really got into it. I have the urge to read it again; maybe I will! I've never read The Henry and Ramona books, but I know of them. I wonder if my girls have read them. I'll have to ask.

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  4. Heidi!

    And the Wizard of Oz series. I was lucky enough to grow up in a town where the libray had the whole series Eventually I bought my own copies. Only missing one "The Lost Princess of Oz"

    But I did cry over Black Beauty!!

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    1. I cried with Black Beauty, too. I was so in love with that horse. I wanted one just like it! I think we all enjoyed libraries when we were young. They don't seem to be as popular anymore with kids. It's too bad.

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  5. I loved all horse books! One I remember was about Misty from Chincoteague Island, Virginia. I think there were several in that series, but any horse book would do. Thanks for bringing back those memories!

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    1. Horse books seem to be favourites for many young people. I guess it's because they are such beautiful animals.

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  6. My favorite books from my childhood... oh my goodness, I loved everything I could get my hands on. One of my earliest memories of a book was a book about baby animals and I looked at the picture so much I recognized the artist who had drawn them years later was a man by the name of Garth Williams. Imagine my surprise when I found out that his parents were English and he spent part of his childhood there! Martha, my English heart was evident at a very early age!
    And I can say that The Secret Garden was one of my favorite books, once I could read!

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    1. Ha ha...yes, your English heart was evident from way back then! I'm sure if we all listed all our favourite books from childhood, there wouldn't be enough room for them on this page. It's hard to just settle on a few, isn't it?

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  7. Oh, but I must say too...once my little sister and brother came around....Dr. Seuss was a big favorite for me to read to them!
    Kay

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    1. Dr. Seuss is so much fun, it's hard to resist his stories!

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  8. I'm such a rebel. I never read any of those books. lol Well, Mom read us Dr. Seuss. I did love the Last of the Great Wangdoodles, though, and The Neverending Story by Michael Ende. Great books.

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    1. It looks like your mom was a Dr. Seuss fan. Those books are fun to read to kids.

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  9. Black Beauty has always had a special place for me.....I used to read it to my students and so enjoy their reactions to the story. Thanks for this memory, Martha.

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    1. That is a great book to read to students! I'm sure they loved it.

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  10. I started reading very early, and have been glued to a book ever since. My faves from childhood were Wizard of Oz books, Hans Christian Anderson's own fairy tales (very different from Disney), Pippi Longstocking, Mary Popping, Mumyi Troll books (Swedish author), and many Russian childrens' books that are not translated.

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    1. I share that love of reading, too, and started very young. I can't imagine life without books. That's an interesting list you have there. I was a very big fan of Pippi Longstocking. I had completely forgotten about her until this comment!

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