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What was your favorite book to read as a child?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on November 16, 2010

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Where the Sidewalk Ends.’”

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Curious George.’”

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The Hardy Boys’ series.”

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Harold and the Purple Crayon.’”


Bill Lee 7 years, 7 months ago

World Book encyclopedias. I've always preferred non-fiction.

RoeDapple 7 years, 7 months ago

"Fun With Dick and Jane"

~ See Spot Run ~

"Oh, look!" "Look and see!" "See Spot" "See Spot Run!" "Run, Spot, Run!"

I liked Spot, he was a good dog.

Maddy Griffin 7 years, 7 months ago

Laura Ingalls Wilder books, the whole series."Little House in the Big Woods" was my favorite.

gutenberg 7 years, 7 months ago

The Bible.

-Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg, txtng since 1439

Cait McKnelly 7 years, 7 months ago

Grimm's Collected Tales. These aren't your Disney fairy tales. Cinderella is actually very bloody and violent. It started a lifelong love affair with mythology, folk tales, legends and history. When I was nine I read The Three Musketeers by Dumas. I stumbled over the French names, mispronouncing them, but was so fascinated with the tale itself I didn't care. I honestly can't remember not being able to read. By the time I was in fifth grade, through SRA testing, it was determined I was reading at a college level. My parents home was full of books and they made no restrictions on what I could and couldn't read. If it was in the house, they had read it and therefore was ok for their kids and we wnet to the library regularly every two weeks. My children were treated the same way. My oldest daughter was reading the KC Star every morning with me by the time she was nine and read Gone With the Wind in the 6th grade.

Editorator 7 years, 7 months ago

There is no way to pick one out of the many thousands I read. I do remember my first adult novel was Call of the Wild, when I was in fifth grade.

amesn 7 years, 7 months ago

Lol @ Hollis. I'm a Bronco fan so I enjoyed Todd Haley making the chiefs look like even BIGGER losers at the conclusion of the whoopin Sunday! Who's the jack%!# now Haley?? Anyways....any of the Judy Blume books!

nobody1793 7 years, 7 months ago

As a kid I read "How to win friends and influence people by being first on internet comment sections."

Clearly it was too advanced for me at the time, and I should go back and re-read it.

redwombat 7 years, 7 months ago

Actually, the stain isn't red, it is pink and it appears in The Cat in the Hat Comes Back not The Cat in the Hat.

somedude20 7 years, 7 months ago

any book that was turned into a Lifetime movie. "Mother, May I Sleep With Danger" was a good one. The one that had this chick who loves this dude but it turns out that the dude breaks into other people's houses and steals their butter. After six weeks of collecting butter, said man sculpts a new love partner which shuts out his wife. His wife tries to reconnect but feels the distance and that drives her mad. She knows that the man she loves is allergic to peanuts so she coats his "butter woman" with peanut oil and well, you can guess what happens next. Ya, that was a great book

MadeInKS 7 years, 7 months ago

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I read it all in one evening in the third grade, and the librarian didn't believe me...

somedude20 7 years, 7 months ago

Just don't be a hater on Mike Damone. Sure, he was a bit of a snake but da brothers got to eat

Cait McKnelly 7 years, 7 months ago

No but being a teabugger will make you a flapper napper.

somedude20 7 years, 7 months ago

For the life of me I am unable to remember what the book was called but it was about this cat that goes around the town eating all of the kids until the parents take an ax and chop him open and all the kids come out (alive) and the cat gets stitched up and lives. I love that book man (and think that is why I like dogs better)

Nick Yoho 7 years, 7 months ago

I have a vague memory of that story, but don't know the name.

RoeDapple 7 years, 7 months ago

CyberKnight (anonymous) says… "I think that if you think the guy is gone, you are dreaming. I'd be keeping my head down." March 9, 2010 at 7:44 p.m."

booyalab 7 years, 7 months ago

Chuck Norris bagged some tea once. Now, tea thinks being dunked repeatedly in boiling water feels good.

somedude20 7 years, 7 months ago

Rick Springfield's (yes that one) new autobiography

oh, and anything written by Sting (not the wrestler)

somedude20 7 years, 7 months ago

Sting does suck but I remember a time (Police, first few solo records) when he did not which makes his sucking that much worse

Chrissy Neibarger 7 years, 7 months ago

Charlotte's Web and Doctor DoLittle. I liked talking animals.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 7 months ago

"How I did it" by Good Time Charlie Rangel

lilygrace 7 years, 7 months ago

A Wrinkle In Time and Last of the Mohicans were two of my favorite books. They were one of only a handful of books at the time that portrayed girls/women in strong adventurous roles. Loved them.

maxcrabb 7 years, 7 months ago

The Giver by Lois Lowry. Also any Shel Silverstein.

Martha Oldham 7 years, 7 months ago

i loved reading anything on Baseball--fiction or non fiction

Ralph Reed 7 years, 7 months ago

Assuming child is defined as a much younger chronological age:

Scuppers the Sailor Dog: A Wrinkle in Time Anything by Asimov, Clark, Herbert or Heinlein. The Lord of the Rings

(A little older) Atlas Shrugged The Arms of Krupp At Dawn We Slept The Rising Sun (not the movie)

Cait McKnelly 7 years, 7 months ago

Neither did I. My library was an old Carnegie library in Argentine, KCK. My high school library was bigger. My parents taught me to read, not the library. And by the way, pretending illiteracy is not cool.

Mike Hatch 7 years, 7 months ago

Curious George Goes to the Massage Parlor Horton Stomps a Who and 2 Little Golden Books: You Are Different and That Is Bad You Are The Reason Mommy Drinks

Seriously, everything by Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume (I think I was in 5th grade when I got a copy of Wifey, but liked her kid books a lot--even the ones 'just for girls'). The Hardy Boys were OK, but kind of boring. I remember reading a similar series about 3 boy detectives that was a little more exciting, had something to do with Alfred Hitchcock. One winter, I read all the Laura Ingalls books.

sgtwolverine 7 years, 7 months ago

That would be the Three Investigators series.

I loved those books. I have about half the original series (maybe a few more) on a shelf upstairs.

independent_rebel 7 years, 7 months ago

The Giving Tree. My favorite! What a great book, teaching about the choice to give to others all that one can afford to give (and then some).

That tree chooses to give all it can spare, spreading the wealth so to speak, and does so out of love--not because of force from the government!

If only the Obama adminstration could understand that.

Cait McKnelly 7 years, 7 months ago

The government wouldn't have to if the majority of the people in this country knew how to even spell altruism, much less live it.

jonas_opines 7 years, 7 months ago

No one mentioned Rikki Tikki Tavi? For shame!

Katara 7 years, 7 months ago

My favorite book was actually a series called the The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander

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