Thursday, February 16, 2006

Children's Books

Jen had this on her blog...

1. Name your 3 favorite children's series.
2. Name your 3 favorite non-series children's books.
3. Name 3 favorite children's books characters.

Favorite children's series...
1. Harry Potter because I think it got so many people reading. It also got my dad and son closer when they were standing in the Denver airport and my dad said, "Look at all these muggles." My son decided then and there that my dad was the coolest grandparent ever. And he tells people that all the time.
2. The Little House books, well the original ones. I haven't read the Caroline series, etc that they have come out with that are prequels to the Laura series.
3. Trixie Belden series. I know, not very high brow, but a lot of fun to read. I read them all a bunch of times. My sister has all our copies, and I read them every time I go to her house. (Not all of them, but some each time.)

Honorable mentions:
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
Babar byJean De Brunhoff
Berenstain Bears by Stan and Jan Berenstain
The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
The Keeping Days by Norma Johston
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

Favorite Non-series Children's Books
1. The Just So Stories by Rudyard Kippling
2. Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
3. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Honorable mentions:
The Tenth Good Thing About Barney by Judith Viorst
Jacob have I Loved by Katherine Patterson
Bears in the Night by Stan and Jan Berenstain
The Wonderous Star by Joanne Marxhausen
Anything by Eric Carle or Bill Martin, Jr.
The Little Prince (so much better in French) by St. Exupery

Favorite Children's Book Characters
1. Madeline because she is a redhead and "To the lion in the zoo, Madeline just said 'Poo Poo.'"
2. Laura Ingalls because she was middle child, too
3. Harriet the Spy because she had gumption


Rian said...

Wow Jules, that's quite a comprehensive list! I'm really impressed--I don't know anything at all about children's books except what I read as a child--Nancy Drew. Final answer.

Jane Ann said...

Jules, we have very similar tastes. If you don't already, you will be pleased to know Alexander must have turned out okay, despite thinking he might move to Australia. I see Alex Viorst in Bank of America (Alexandria area, I think) commercials, and he looks exactly like his mother! (I used to love her books and columns in "Redbook" magazine.)

(See, this is the sort of junk I could make my fortune with, if I just knew how to market it.)

Pat/SWquilter said...

I'd have to agree with Harry Potter and Trixie Belden - of course, I discovered Harry as an adult, but spent many, many happy hours with Trixie and her friends and family as a kid. My best friend who lives in Austin and I took her grandson on vacation with us one summer - to Colorado - so to keep Stephen entertained in the car, I read books from the Hank the Cow Dog series outloud - they were hysterical - written by a lawyer, these books had to be a hell of a lot more fun than the law!

The Witch of Blackbird Pond has always been one of my favorite children's books, I suppose it falls in that young adult category? Also Ann Rinaldi's trilogy about a family quilt.

jenclair said...

Great list, and I like the "Honorable Mentions" addition. Thanks for playing, Jules!