My Favorite Children’s Books When I was a Child

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Little Golden Books courtesy

The books I remember most as a young child were the Little Golden Books. These were the books I could read on my own. The four above, particularly The Poky Little Puppy were favorites.These were called Board books, likely because the covers were made of cardboard. I don’t remember how much they cost then, but it was not a lot of money at all. This would have been in the 1940’s.

When I was older, my favorite was Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. And still later, perhaps around 12 – 14, my favorites that I read on my own were the Nancy Drew mysteries. These are stories I remember that cast young children as heroes in their own times, and Nancy Drew was particularly strong in portraying the star character as a very feminist type young lady, driving a sportster and fearlessly solving mysteries…

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About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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31 Responses to My Favorite Children’s Books When I was a Child

  1. I remember the Poky Little Puppy. Great books growing up Jennie 🙂

  2. Thank you very kindly, Jennie. It’s been fun how so many people who have commented have helped me remember other books I have loved, though a lot of them I have known until I was older, like Anne of Green Gables, my alter-ego (chuckles). I just love knowing that we all seemed to enjoy books so much even if others did not read aloud to us and how a lot of us remembered the same books too. These memories make me feel truly happy, like eating a comfort food I like very much.

    • Jennie says:

      You are most welcome, Anne. I loved those Golden Books when I was a child, especially The Pokey Little Puppy. Happy memories, indeed. And yes, it it is fun to see and know what others read as well.

  3. frenchc1955 says:

    Thank you for another lovely post, Jennie!

  4. Another beautiful story, Jennie, and Nancy Drew was a favorite of mine, too. When my daughters were little they loved the Little Golden Books!

  5. Opher says:

    That’s great. I can’t remember what mine were but when I was seven or eight I was readine Enid Blyton – the Faraway Tree, Famous Five and the Adventure series – then Biggles.

  6. beetleypete says:

    Great reblog, Jennie. We didn’t have those books over here, but I like the look of ‘A Year In The City’. 😉
    Best wishes, Pete.

  7. Norah says:

    Fascinating article. Seems many of the writers didn’t get a fair deal though.

  8. abbiosbiston says:

    I loved everything Enid Blyton as a child but I was just a voracious reader. I read everything.

  9. shortgirl says:

    I’ve always adored the Pokey Little Puppy 🙂

  10. dolphinwrite says:

    Loved Charlotte’s Web, Encyclopedia Brown, Ralph and the Motorcycle, and that book about Alligators.

  11. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks for the link to the original post which introduced me to another fascinating blog. I loved all books where kids were on their own from Secret Garden through Narnia and all the E.Nesbit books.

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