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PEGSmom wrote:
Speaking of fantasy, I was wondering about everyone's take on the Harry Potter phenomenon - how do you think has it helped or hindered children's books?




I believe it has helped a lot! It has brought me back to reading for an example. When it first came out I had small children and no time to read! I kept wondering what all the fuss was about and then finally I checked out the audio version at the local library. (I had to drive my son to school about an hour away (one direction)in the morning and then pick him up in the afternoon.-so lots of time in the car!) After listening to it I was hooked! I have all the books, audios, dvds and now I have piles of book to read and I keep adding on.( I think I have read more book in the last few years than I have in my whole life before the HP series) So JKR and the Harry Potter series has been a great influence on me, a big kid, and I think its wonderful to see all this excitement surrounding the last book. I am just sorry its going to end! I don't recall seeing this much excitement over a series of books. I think its amazing what she (JKR) has done!



I totally agree with you. I didn't buy into the whole Harry Potter phenomenon for a long time, and then a friend lent the series to me (at that time, the fourth book had just come out). After skeptically reading the first chapter or two, I realized I was hooked and read all four books straight through.
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Good Childrens books

please post any good books for children you know here.
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Well, I love Kate DiCamillo's books, so far I have only read The Tale of Desperaux--which I thought was excellent, and The Miraculous Journey or Edward Tulane, which was also very good. These books are for middle grade readers, but also worked well as read alouds for younger kids (I read Edward Tulane to my kids when they were 3 and 4, the Tale of Desperaux is a little bit scary and I read pieces of it to my older child when he was 4.

Phillip Pullman's books are very good (The Dark Materials Trilogy).

Holes by Luis Sacher is excellent!! My kids are too young for it, but I was suprised about how much I liked it.

Then there is the Giver by Lois Lowry, which I probably wouldn't have liked as a child, but I really liked it as an adult.

I am reading The Bridge to Terabithia right now, and I like it so far.

Are you looking for something for a child you know, or something for your own reading enjoyment? I think a lot of it will depend on the child. I know that when I was a kid, my sister loved the Madeline L'Engle books, and I just couldn't get through them. I read one recently and still had a hard time getting into it. Same thing with Nancy Drew. I think that I just have problems with picture perfect Main Characters, but someone who likes mysteries, or fantasy might be able to look passed the lame characters.
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BTW, the Phillip Pullman books are for older readers. I think it is classified as Young Adult, but there is nothing inappropriate for younger children, they just have a lot going on and so it would depend on the comprehension ability of the child reading it. My cousin read them and understood them when he was 10, I am not sure I would have been able to follow them when I was 10, and I think that a lot of 10-year-olds would have a hard time.
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I strongly advise '101 Dalmations' (the original novel ^-^) And also all of the other classical british novels also, 'The Incredible Journey'. A lot of people don't read these anymore and they were some of my favorites when I was a kid. (and that was't that long ago...)
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I also read the Cherry Ames books. I have not seen them for a long time.
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What has been most rewarding for me is, as a parent, reading to my children. I remember rediscovering books that I had loved as a child such as "Goodnight Moon" and "Little Bear", but that was just the tip of the iceberg of wonderful books that my children could enjoy. To me, this has been one of the greatest pleasures of my life.
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nancy11360 wrote:
What has been most rewarding for me is, as a parent, reading to my children. I remember rediscovering books that I had loved as a child such as "Goodnight Moon" and "Little Bear", but that was just the tip of the iceberg of wonderful books that my children could enjoy. To me, this has been one of the greatest pleasures of my life.



I agree. I love having the chance to be a kid again. Reading those good books, playing with cool toys, it's all just as much fun for me!
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Re: Good Childrens books

The War of Mirrors, by E.J. Stewart. For a taste, you may wish to open the related home page at http://www.warofmirrors.com
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There are so many memories of books from my childhood, some of which have already been mentioned by others. There was "The Chronicles of Narnia" which I read over and over again....I remember how sad I would be to reach the last book, knowing that it would end. I wanted them to go on and on. I loved Nancy Drew, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and The Hardy Boys as series books. As a teacher now, I can say that Children's Literature continues to astound me in its ability to introduce kids to the complexities of society and the humanness we all share. Some of my modern day favorites have been The Harry Potter series (just love them), The Giver, Eragon, The Red Canoe and others too numerous to mention.
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The ones I can remember the most from when I was reading to my children are The Monster At The End Of This Book, from Sesame Street, and Because A Bug Went Ka-Choo, by Rosetta Stone. I've since reread them now that I have grandsons, and they both stand the test of time as classics to me.

Most of the new children's books out lack some of the magic of the old classics, but I do have a new favorite, Ladybug Baby Bug, by Janice and Mark Perkins, that I read over and over again to my grandsons and they love it. I'll call it a new classic.
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I have recently discovered Eric Carle. He writes "The Hungry Catapillar" which is my 5 year old step-sons favorite book. Also, "The Lonely Firefly" and "Mr. Seahorse".

Carle has a few others that are pretty great. My step-son loves them and wants me to read them to him over and over....

"G is for One Gazonk" is also one of his favorites. By author "Tiny Diterlooney" (I think I spelled that correctly, but not sure!
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I read those books many, many years ago and my daughter liked them, too. I remember Trixie had a best friend named Honey, which I thought was cool.

Does anyone remember the old Beverly Gray books, or the Judy Bolton books? Those go way back, but they were good.




What a fun conversation! My mother used to find old books at thrift stores like Judy Bolton, Beverly Grey and old Nancy Drew's for us to read. A few years ago I became obsessed with finding all the Judy Bolton books and I now have all of them. They are not great collector's editions I just wanted to read them all. One book that has stuck with me for years is a book I got from a book order at school in the 70's called Jane Emily. It was about a girl who comes in contact with a dead aunt(?) who died as a child and of course is evil. There was a garden gazing ball that was featured prominently so now when I see one of those I remember that story!
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I also like Eric Carle's "The Grouchy Ladybug". Really, any book about ladybugs. The newest one in my collection is "Ladybug Baby Bug", by Janice and Mark Perkins. It's an adorable story about the day in the life of the loveable baby bug character. It's for emerging readers and has whimsical and colorful illustrations. As a plus, the authors are donating more than 20% of the books profits to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, an organization that really needs our help to meet the demands of the community. I highly recommend it and it's available on Barnesandnoble.com.
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When my sister and I were young, our mother would take us to the Goodwill and give us each a dollar, and we'd go through the used books (a dime a piece) and get ten of them. Naturally we loaded ourselves up with Nancy Drew, and the Bobbsey Twins, and all sorts of dusty creations from earlier decades. I was a reading slut, and loved everything, but I'd say the books I re-read over and over were Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott, Secret Garden, and all the Oz books which, except for The Wizard of Oz, were banned in my local school library (and maybe the public library as well, I don't remember) for being too "socialist." This was LA in the 50's.
I've just read a brand new book (published in Oct. 2007) that I think appeals to kids who love fantasy and mystery, codes and jokes. It's called THE NAME OF THIS BOOK IS SECRET, and the author, keeping up the secret motif, is named Pseudonymous Bosch.
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I still love rereading the Narnia books! And they never disappoint!
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Trumpet of the Swan is a masterpiece!
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Trumpet of the Swan. Little House on the Prairie series Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm I loved the Homer Price series. The American Girl series The Royal Diary series The Magic Treehouse series Junie B Jones And my favorite Dr. Seuss, Horton Hatches an Egg can still choke me up!
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My top childrens books...

 

Alice in wonderland

The Lilttle Prince

Green eggs and ham

Peter pan

Wiine-The-Pooh

The first Harry Potter

The English Roses

Cordouroy - my all-time fav

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My sons are too young yet for any of the Harry Potter books, but when they get older, I'm sure they will enjoy them.  Right now, their favorite book is Ladybug Baby Bug, by Janice and Mark Perkins.  Warm, family message and adorable illustrations of the ladybug family and friends.  Good, wholesome book for emerging readers.