Azul's picture

It's one of our most influential things in our life. It also usually accompanies us throughout life and it usually brings back fond memories. They range from turtles being landowners to yellow bears doing stretches to disgusting concoction being created that induces gargantuan growth. They're the literature of our childhood.

Who's everyone's favorite author and favorite book?

Personally, I find A. A. Milne, Kenneth Grahame and Roald Dahl to be my favorite authors. My favorite pieces are "Winnie the Pooh" by A. A. Milne (obviously), "Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame and I can't decide my favorite Rohl Dahl book. It might be the Giraffe, the Pelly and Me, or it could possibly be Charlie and the Glass Elevator. I just can't decide.


msquared's picture

I was a Boxcar Children

I was a Boxcar Children freak. I liked Roald Dahl's The Witches a looot, too.

"But don't be afraid to be a fool. Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it."
-Stephen Colbert

coracle's picture

hmm... difficult

I like so many books and authors that picking one or even ten favorites is almost impossible, but I'll give it a try.

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, the Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix, The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman, and the Harry Potter books are my favorites from grades four to six . I also love Tamora Pierce's books, and (I'm ashamed to admit) I don't know how many times I've read Eragon. I was obsessed with The Magic Tree House series in first grade, Nancy Drew in second, and the Dear America books in third.

My current favorite authors are Neil Gaiman and Ursula K. Le Guin, but I still love the works of Garth Nix, Phillip Pullman, and Tamora Pierce. I deeply admire Orson Scott Card and Ender's Game is still one of my top five favorite books, but I find some of his work to be really annoying and preachy, especially Empire.

kaj's picture

I loved the Artemis Fowl

I loved the Artemis Fowl series as a kid. I also liked Avi. If I were to go earlier I would have to admit that I too was a Boxcar Children fanatic.

Azul's picture

oh dear I love you. I had

oh dear I love you. I had totally forgotten about Avi! I remember I read it in like second or third grade and we got to fourth or fifth and the teacher started reading it to us and people got scared/sickened about the poor lil' mousy being killed by the owl.

I loved Crispin...

Neutrina's picture

I adored the Narnia books.

I adored the Narnia books. *thinks* Those mystery books? You know "Revolutionary War on Wednesday" - Magic Treehouse, I think. They were great.

TThough, really, my favorites were the Eyewitness books. Particularly the Everest and Shark ones.

"When the people begin to reason, all is lost" - Voltaire

Azul's picture

I hated the Magic Treehouse

I hated the Magic Treehouse -,-
My teacher made us read them and it made me want to asphyxiate.

ConnorJ's picture

Stephen King

I was into every Stephen King book, couldn't wait for the new one to come out. After "Bag Of Bones" I lost some interest, but he still is my favorite. Of all his novels my favorite one has to be "IT", and also the novella "The Body" (the movie "Stand By Me" was based on that).

Maybe that explains my warped persona?

typicalmusician's picture

Winnie the Pooh would have

Winnie the Pooh would have to go on my list too, as well as the Abhorsen and His Dark Materials trilogies (Garth Nix, Philip Pullman). Eragon and Eldest and Tamora Pierce's books are also great. I'm a big fan of Ursula LeGuin, Louise Erdrich, Madeline L'Engle, Douglas Adams, and Terry Pratchett. However, my favorite author for the past couple of years has been Barbara Kingsolver. I find her books, especially The Poisonwood Bible, inspiring, thought-provoking, and wonderfully written.

fox333's picture

I read most of those. I

I read most of those. I would have to say though I loved the wishbone series the most, though I kinda regret them.

'Oh Brave New World!'
- Brave New World
I think...

Azul's picture

Oh dear, how could I forget

Oh dear, how could I forget Peter Pan!

coracle's picture

more books

I recently started reading Terry Pratchett's books, and I love them. I have all the Hitchhiker books by Douglas Adams, and I've read Madeline L'Engle's books at least five times. In fifth grade I was obsessed with the Redwall series by Brian Jacques. Shiva's Fire by Susanne Fisher Staples, Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman, and Eva Ibbotson's books are some more that I've read or listened to too many times to count. Oh yes! How could I forget Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine? I named a stuffed animal Ella because I loved that book so much. Until two or three years ago, books literally were my life, so I have a lot of childhood favorites.

scandalboy's picture

AH MA GAHD the boxcar

AH MA GAHD the boxcar children! i have to admit i dropped out of the series after a while, i liked it better when they were orphans living in the boxcar, sucking on sticks, etc. i also loved roald dahl, i loved my roald dahl treasury :D

i still love alice's adventures in wonderland, and through the looking glass. also my all time favourite books are party monster by james st james, to kill a mockingbird and catcher in the rye. i must have been the only kid to enjoy the latter two.

fatefellshort's picture

Catcher in the Rye is pretty

Catcher in the Rye is pretty awesome. I just hate the ending. I thought the whole book was good but the end is so abrupt and you sort of acknowledge that the whole book covered like.. two days. It made my head spin a bit. =P

fatefellshort's picture

I was definitely obsessed

I was definitely obsessed with all the Madeline L'Engle books. And I still really love An Acceptable Time by her.

Edit: Reading posts keeps reminding me of more. Enchanted by Orson Scott Card. Still love it. Fire Bringer by David Clement-Davies. Read that one a few times. Still easily my favorite book =] The Sight by him. Watership down.. not sure if it fits into children or classics. probably classics but it runs along the same lines. I was really into the whole animal.. fiction.. fantasy where the animals are the entire plot/talk to each other. Then in like 7th grade my friend and I got into all the drug-related teen books haha Smack and John's Journal or something? Hmm good times.... o.O