Childhood: What Was Your Favorite Book as a Kid?

On Glenridge Avenue, in front of Montclair Book Center

“I’m a comic book fan. I draw comics and I still read comics. I’m looking for comics in here [Montclair Book Center]. My first Batman book I got was Detective Comics 655 with Batman coming out the wall. It was him versus some pirates. The art was great. It was by Chuck Dixon and Allen Grant was the writer. Chuck Dixon’s work is beautiful,man. I remember buying that with my, uh… I don’t know if it was hard earned or stolen money from my parents [laughing]!  I don’t remember, but I got it at the Mill Creek Mall in Secaucus, and I bought that and Cat Woman #2.  That, I think, was my first book, and I used to look at the artwork.”

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  1. Geez, so many…

    — all of the original Oz books (i.e. written by Baum)
    — the Great Brain series by John Fitzgerald
    — the Little House series that Georgette mentioned
    — the Danny Dunn series (I can’t remember the author)

    Plus tons of other stuff, fiction and otherwise.

  2. I also read Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn multiple times. Also Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass. All have stayed with me to adulthood. So many wonderful books kept me company when I was a child. So hard to narrow down a favorite.

  3. Anything that had to do with dinosaurs, trucks or cars – as long as the illustrations were high quality.

  4. I second Georgette’s picks, but my first favorite book was “House on Pooh Corner”. I will never forget going to the Book Fair and my mother buying it for me, I hugged it all the way home, and remember sleeping with it at least for the first night. I still have that book on my shelf along with most of the original “Little House” books.

    I also had one of those Pooh read-along books that came with a 33-rpm record, which I played on my own little record player. Tinkerbell would jingle when it was time to turn the page! sighhhh (I guess it’s throwback Tuesday!)

    There was something about that silly ol’ bear!

  5. kay,

    This summer I read “House on Pooh Corner’ with my girls. Every night we took time to read a couple of chapters. Such a great book and I hope they will name it as a favorite when they grow up.

  6. All the Nancy Drew AND Hardy Boys books. Any illustrated biography. I particularly remember one about Louis Pasteur, Hellen Keller, Anne Frank and one about Clara Barton.

  7. Encyclopedia Brown.

    Then I moved over the BMX Action and BMX Plus magazines and never looked back.

    TV and Movies were my thing. Book bored me till I was older.

  8. I had so many books I loved: Little House, D’aulaire’s Book of Greek and Norse Myths, all of L’Engle and McCaffrey, all of Roald Dahl — but the ones that have stayed with me were focused on being adopted (with, predictably, a magical realism slant). Requiem for a Princess, Daddy Long Legs, and a few others got me through the (yet to be named) tweens.

  9. Stuart Little…and then for a school project I wrote to E.B. White. His wife responded, on his New Yorker stationery, saying that he was a bit under the weather but wanted to answer my questions..I still have the letter (which came with a four cent stamp; one cent postage due!)

  10. I was a Suess kid, starting with Green Eggs & Ham and working my way up through The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins and beyond.

    As an adult I have come to love Baum’s original Oz books, as Tim Lynch mentioned, and love reading that to the kids.

    Sadly kay, I never read Pooh when I was a kid, but I got started reading to my wife’s belly when she was pregnant, and we haven’t stopped since. I’ve gotten quite good at reading them aloud and I have different voices for each character, based on my best try at the old TV show voices. Silly ol’ bear indeed!

  11. Loved the Golden Book encyclopedias. I could get lost in their illustrations of city life and the zoo for hours.
    A world to escape to from my trouble & strife.
    PAZ in SFO

  12. I will always remember with gratitude “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett, as read aloud to us by my 2nd grade teacher.

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