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What was your favorite book as a kid?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on July 1, 2013

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“‘The Penderwicks’ (by Jeanne Birdsall). I have sisters and it’s about four sisters. It’s sweet, it’s simple, it’s kind.”

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“I think my favorite was those ‘Eyewitness’ books.”

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“‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar,’ basically Eric Carle books.”

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verity 9 months, 2 weeks ago

"Cheaper by the Dozen"

"Rabbit Hill"---I think it's time to read it again.

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HomeSlice 9 months, 2 weeks ago

"The Mad Scientist Club". Inspired many of my own experiments and adventures..

Also devoured the Hardy Boys books, and my brother's Tom Swift books.

Good stuff.

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L7 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Read a lot of Hardy Boys, then at puberty it was Playboy. Someone gave my dad a subscription and he always left them stacked in a bookcase, on the bottom shelf, in the dining room. Looking back, I think he did it on purpose for my older brothers and then me.

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grammaddy 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Yertl the Turtle and Other Stories- Dr. Seuss

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seagull 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey Bobsey Twins Nancy Drew

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Leslie Swearingen 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I loved Travis McGee, Also Agatha Christie, and so many others. I was lucky enough to live where there was a weeping willow by a stream and summers I would sit under the tree on the grass with my dog Spot and read until I fell asleep. It was on our property down in the hill country. Back then each new day was wonderful and glorious.

I was a tomboy and tracked though the woods and gullies with my faithful companion, Spot and carried a homemade bow and arrow. Those were the days.

By the way, Stephen King read John D. McDonald when he was growing up. Oh, and Max Brand, I forgot about him and Louis L'Amour.

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wikkawikka 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I too enjoyed Encyclopedia Brown, but graduated to novels like; The Deep Blue Goodbye, Nightmare in Pink, Bright Orange for the Shroud , A Deadly Shade of Gold and so on.

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George_Braziller 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I discovered the Hardy Boys series one summer when I was about ten. I'd go to our tiny public library and check out four or five at a time. When I'd get to the end of one book I'd put it down, pick up another, and start on it.

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rockchalker52 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I liked all of the Seuss books as a little guy. When I was about 12 I got ahold of Arthur Hailey's "Airport" & thought I was ever so worldly & sophisticated.

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tomatogrower 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Trixie Belden!!! Those were my favorites. I had a fourth grade teacher who read the Little House on the Prairie books to us right after lunch. It was great!

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Finnbar1 9 months, 2 weeks ago

'Little House on the Prairie' trilogy 'Trixie Belden' series 'Hardy Boys' and to a lesser degree' Nancy Drew' and my Mom's oldy 'bobbsey Twin' books.

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Topple 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

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jane_doe 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Hi Kelly!

I loved the Ramona series by Beverly Cleary. And my sister read the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings by Tolken to me. And she read me Stephen King too.

Explains a lot, huh?

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Benjamin Roberts 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Early on, when real reading first grabbed hold of me:










Then, as I grew older:


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make_a_difference 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Beautiful Joe - Margaret Marshall Saunders

Published in 1893 and based on a true story. It's the story of a dog rescued from extreme & cruel abuse by a loving family. It's told from the narrative of the dog. Interestingly done. Ms Saunders wrote it as a story for a Humane Society contest; which it won & was published the following year as a novel. It received world wide attention...and this was in the late 1890s.

The Little House on the Prairie series - Laura Ingalls Wilder

There was another which I read multiple times & somehow never committed the title to memory. Just don't know how that can possibly be, but it is! The story of a woman named Polly traveling with a wagon train (west?) as an independant person. Dressed in the clothing of a man; riding astride a horse, etc. Not acceptable behavior for a female at that time. I have tried several times to track this book down, but no luck. How I ever read this (multiple times!) & don't know the title is beyond me. I would blame the fact that I was 8-10 years old, but I read the other two around the same time.

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