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International Children’s Book Day

Sunday, April 14, 2019

This is our assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: April 2nd is International Children’s Book Day. International Children's Book Day encourages reading, and promotes the love of books for children. What were your favorite books as a child? If you have children, what are/were their favorite books?

I have always loved to read! My parents read to me as a small child, and once I learned to read myself, I read all the time. I read my mother’s old books from her childhood, my own books, and lots of library books. It’s hard to narrow down favorites, but one of my favorites was Little Women. I also read a lot of series books. My very favorite series was Nancy Drew. I also really liked the Oz books and the Little House on the Prairie books. There are so many good books out there!

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    Ah yes, so many books and only so much time to read them. I love the Alcott books, have read and reread my worn copies, one of which is a first addition given to me by someone who was downsizing and wanted it to go where it would be appreciated. I'm a Harry Potter fan and always spent the night reading when a new one came out. Right now I'm totally hooked on Jane Austin variations. It always amuses me to see how things might be different if he said, she said something else. I've read about Mr Collins as a serial murderer (delete), a reformed Wickham, Elizabeth saying yes the first time Darcy asked her, a pregnant Georgiana, a redeemable Miss Bingley, and Colonel Fitzwilliam married to a variety of different people, some in the Austen canon and some not. I come by my bookaholism honestly; both my grandmothers were voracious readers. Bedtime stories at Gram's house could include Uncle Wiggley tales, Greek and Roman mythology, science for children, the Beatitudes, and who knows what else. Other likes: Twilight series, the Dune books sequels prequels and all, Little House on the Prairie series, Narnia series and Till We Have faces (C.S. Lewis's retelling of Cupid and Psyche), the Brother Cadfael mysteries, Earth's Children series by Jean Auel, and Susan Howatch's gripping Church of England series. I would love to know what happened midlife to take her writing in such a Dante-esque turn of direction; she is well versed in church history, contemporary psychology and spirituality, and fabulous perspective. The characters are interwoven, but it is clear that as in real life no one ever fully knows another's story. I've read ALL the Tolkien books including his massive Sylmarillion, the prehistory compendium for Lord of the Rings. What a detailed cosmology, complete with creation story sung into being. As a musician, I found it fascinating. My daughters and I still chuckle over Farmer Giles of Ham and his clever dog Garm. Our piano teacher was quite taken aback when he noticed my nine year old reading Lord of the Rings during my lesson. She's the next generation of bookaholics and was reading by age 3. As you can tell, I could go on and on. Happy reading to you!
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    As a child my mother read to me too! She also wrote books (& still is at 90 years young!) Dr. Seuss, Thudwick the Big Hearted Moose, actually started our adventure into puppetry! 1958 Mom made as felt board of the story & read it to my friends, as Alice in Wonderland, in the park. People hired 'us' to go to their children's b'days..... I am still performing the marionettes, all these years later! Love the OZ books! I've never read Nancy Drew or Laura Ingalls Wilder. Might be a fun read for this Summer! emoticon I read & listen to THE SPARK, almost daily!
    407 days ago
    I loved reading Nancy Drew mysteries when I was in grade school. I used to read Little House in the Big Woods to my second graders every year.
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  • CANDOK1260
    emoticon for sharing your love of reading.
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  • BEFIT020
    Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys!
    It is hard to narrow it down to just a few. I could have gone on forever!
    407 days ago
    LOVED the Wizard of OZ and LIttle Hour on the Prairie.
    407 days ago
    I enjoy reading. While in HS/College I did not. I think I just didn't enjoy they type of assigned books we were given plus reading then wasn't for enjoyment. Now that I can pick my own books and read for enjoyment I love it. I'm slowly reaching outside my normal comfort zone of books and fine I enjoy several genres that at one time would not have been my type of book of choice.
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  • BOB5148
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    I was and still am a bookworm - loved the Famous Five series by Enid Blyton. Recently I re-read C S Lewis' Narnia series - loved it all over again!
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    408 days ago
    I loved to read, & still do..I also loved Laura Ingalls Wilder Books.
    In 4th grade we had to keep track of how many books we read during the year..I read 152 books..
    I still cannot believe it. Now I love Mystery Books, especially in a series. I just finished a series that had 43 books.
    Thanks for the blog..I love the pics of the Books.. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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