For my daughters' bdays I've always asked "What books did you intensely love growing up?" Regardless of gender (both girls are mostly boys) suggestions for age 5 to teens?
The Importance of Being Ernest
Midsummer Nights Dream
Where the Red Fern Grows
Calvin & Hobbes
Light in the Attic. Sal Silverstein.
A Wrinkle in Time, The Boxcar Kids series, Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew series, Hatchet, every Holly Black book, all the Oz books, every Maggie Stiefvater book, Coraline, The Call of the Wild, Un Lun Dun, Hunger Games trilogy, The Book of Lost Things...
Wayside School series, The Black Tattoo, The Secret Garden, The Giver, The Blue Girl.
James and the Giant Peach
Biggles Flies West, by F E Johns. Have Spacesuit, Will Travel and Podkayne of Mars by Robert Heinlein.
Chasing Vermeer, The Thief Lord, City of Ember, Peter and the Starcatchers. All middle-grade.
Nancy Drew, Sherlock Holmes, Book Thief, False Prince (trilogy), Isaac Bell books (by Clive Cussler, more for teens), Hunger Games, Harry Potter, and (for little kids) Three Samurai Cats
Half new to me. Thank you!
Trixie Belden mysteries, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, abridged classics, and a literature class textbook from 1951 called Paths and Pathfinders. I sure wish I could get a copy of that. It's out there, but not in my budget.
New ones to me. Thx!
Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Little House on the Prairie
My mom, the garage sale queen found some third editions of Hardy boys. Need the Nancy Drew. Have some Little House gaps to fill.
I don't remember my childhood, but from ages 12+ I was reading books meant for much older age groups.
I am particularly interested in your choices Mr.L. Finally saw the last podcast of "youth" and was...impressed is a mild word...with all of you here. HaleyS's question that vanished about knowing the age still has me thinking. My flippant reaponse
was that I am a Labrador retriever, iow, it really doesn't matter to me. Not to blow smoke up your a** but you in particular are really intriguing. I find your guidance of noobs such as myself and others marvelous, with the others who tagged me
immediately nothing short of amazing. I am glad to find not a police force in this community, but a collection of self-appointed? counselors helping those of us who land here. I admire you all and hope to do my part by watching fr other noobs. Nufsd
Wow, that's incredibly kind of you. That means a lot... I appreciate it!
Not sure how much of that is actually true, but a large portion of the SoH youth are not run of the mill individuals. They hold themselves quite well, generally. Some better
than others. As for the welcoming of new users and offering guidance - I've been a member of SoH for almost three years (January 24th will be my third anniversary). I'd say I'm one of the most active users, and I try to treat everyone with love and
respect; welcoming them into the community and extending a long-armed gesture of friendship. It's a great application with a large number of exceptional individuals. It means more to me than anyone understands, and I want others to get the most out
of the experience as possible.
I'm really here more for the community aspect and discussions over anything else. I feel it's important to help others (both on here and in person). I've built a somewhat substantial number of friends, and I hope
your welcoming into the community has been sufficient. I see you have quite a few followers! Congratulations on that, and keep up the great work.
Really, my golden rules for SoH - have fun, learn, teach, but always remain respectful.
Tour caring really shines. Now... About books?... My youth reading was really limited. I am very interested in the 12+ you mentioned. Mine was mostly fantasy, but some great ones. Yours?
And I agree, the "youth" on SoH are a special lot. Some of the adult trolls could use some schooling...
Well, a majority of what I read (and still do read) come from the usual "best" books lists. My top three favorites being: Pride and Prejudice, The Great Gatsby and Hamlet.
Damn you're an old soul. ;-)
Very much so.
So many excellent suggestions! I would like to add The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred C. Taylor, A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle, and Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers.
I didn't read (for fun) when I was little, I started getting interested in books in my teens and it was because of Little Women. After reading that I realized books were great and began to read pretty much anything. The Hobbit is another good one.
Never read little women. Probably should as I have an .epub.
The giver, if you are cool with your kid reading dystopian works.
Absolutely! Thanks for the reminder. I'll probably be reading her 1984 in a couple of years... Maybe Brave New World first...
Omg the giver is one of my favorites! Since I wasn't sure about age group I didn't think about suggesting that.
Did you read the two follow up books?
Now I know about them... After a trip to wikipedia.
I'm so confused. Is the gist of this asking for book recommendations for kids? :)
Exactly. Also is interesting way to get to know my new neighbors. (Maybe?)
Lol ok well Black Beauty was my very favorite growing up and they have a different version available for every age group!
I tend to go w originals. My fav is the series of Fairy Books edited by Andrew Lang. Rich language and content. It has the cinderella story where the step-sisters are so intent on putting on the slipper that they cut off their toes. Thats writing!
I do prefer originals myself as well, they hold something that rewrites usually lack, but depending on age and whether or not you are reading to them or they are reading to themselves it could be helpful
That 15 character limit on answers is REALLY a bitch!
And now I see the confusing wording. Should I close a poll if it really needs a rewrite? I guess that's the way to do it.