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kboleen
February 29th, 2008, 02:12 PM
I was reading on Ain't It Cool News this morning about a Where the Wild Things Are movie when I realized that was the first book I remember really owning. Where the Side Walk Ends was another.

What book does everyone else remember owning? Now, I'm 42 years old with no children of my own so my children's books are something I haven't thought of in a long time. And I imagine the younger of the community will remember easier.

Hex_Enduction_Hour
February 29th, 2008, 02:29 PM
Curious George was one of my earliest and best-loved books.
Same with Highlights magazine - Goofus and Gallant, Timbertoes, etc.

Kboleen, one of the joys of parenting and teaching grade school kids for me is to revisit and discover those classics of children's literature.
As well, there is a TON of great stuff published nowadays too.
I could list of dozens of great titles and creative teams of children's lit.
I'm definitely a fan.
Good stuff!

kboleen
February 29th, 2008, 02:33 PM
Curious George was one of my earliest and best-loved books.
Same with Highlights magazine - Goofus and Gallant, Timbertoes, etc.

Kboleen, one of the joys of parenting and teaching grade school kids for me is to revisit and discover those classics of children's literature.
As well, there is a TON of great stuff published nowadays too.
I could list of dozens of great titles and creative teams of children's lit.
I'm definitely a fan.
Good stuff!

LOL, I remember Goofus and Galant... nobody wanted to be a Goofus.

keglo
February 29th, 2008, 02:42 PM
The first one I can remember, other than a ghost book I don't know the name of, would be The Cat in the Hat.

yagyuninja
February 29th, 2008, 03:02 PM
The earliest two I remember were a Brer Rabbit book and this book:
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i219/kentonian/GIANTSOFLANDSEAAIR.jpg

Giants of Land, Sea, & Air is such an awesome book. It was filled with illustrations (very lifelike) of huge creatures from the past and present (yes, dinosaurs!) and each page had an average looking man and woman standing (or swimming) next to the creatures. I think the blue whale was an 8 page foldout. I loved loved loved that book. And I NEVER want to see a Giant Squid.

ej
February 29th, 2008, 03:06 PM
Not counting children's books, and not counting comics, and not counting books that were bought for me... I recall buying the Tron novelization. Black cover with Bruce Boxleitner on it making Neon fashionable again.

AmishBurrito
February 29th, 2008, 03:12 PM
The first book I remember owning was a Goosebumps book in kindergarten. I believe it was the 2nd book in the series called "stay out of the basement" or something.

Supergeek
February 29th, 2008, 03:14 PM
Oh yeah Curious George was high on the list but, I was just down at my parents the other day looking in their toyroom and found my old favorite.
http://z.about.com/d/childrensbooks/1/0/t/G/katy_big_snow.jpg

Onacara
February 29th, 2008, 03:15 PM
Just Only John by Jack Kent (I still own it but it pretty beat up and today is still in my opinion the best children's book ever written)

If anyone ever comes across a copy of it in good condition pick it up and I will buy it from you.

Hex_Enduction_Hour
February 29th, 2008, 04:01 PM
Virginia Lee Burton and Jack Kent - two excellent Children's books artists (and authors), though I'm not familiar with Kent's Just Only John.

My absolute favorite to read to my class and my children is Dandelion by Don Freeman.
I freakin' love this book - acting out Dandelion's emotions and body lanuage is a hoot.
The only interior color being a goldish, light brown highlighting on black and white artwork, but the story just captivates children.
http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/0140502181.01._SCMZZZZZZZ_.jpg

Don Freeman is more known for his Corduroy books, but I don't understand how.
Dandelion is a fine example of excellent storytelling which really presses the idea of just being one's self.

I can discuss children's books for a good long time!

kboleen
February 29th, 2008, 04:17 PM
Oh yeah Curious George was high on the list but, I was just down at my parents the other day looking in their toyroom and found my old favorite.
http://z.about.com/d/childrensbooks/1/0/t/G/katy_big_snow.jpg

Seeing the Katy book reminded me of another book as a child, Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel it was about a Steam Shovel that was outdated by new big gasoline powered shovels. The copy I found on Amazon.com is the 60th anniversary edition.

Richard Scary books always thrilled me too. I loved the cross-section of things. I guess that's why I love the Star Wars cross section books now as an adult.

Supergeek
February 29th, 2008, 04:37 PM
Seeing the Katy book reminded me of another book as a child, Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel it was about a Steam Shovel that was outdated by new big gasoline powered shovels.

Oh yeah, I loved that one too.

Memories

Hex_Enduction_Hour
February 29th, 2008, 04:43 PM
Richard Scary books always thrilled me too. I loved the cross-section of things. I guess that's why I love the Star Wars cross section books now as an adult.
Yes!
Unfortunately, many are OOP and very pricey.
About three years ago, the media center of our school district was doing away with an immense selection of children's book - nearly all in sturdy Perma-Bound.
I went down to the district office and loaded up on about 6 boxes worth of books.

I was nearly drooling when I acquired about a dozen OOP, Scarry titles.
:drool:
His cross-sections are indeed cool.

Onacara
February 29th, 2008, 04:57 PM
Virginia Lee Burton and Jack Kent - two excellent Children's books artists (and authors), though I'm not familiar with Kent's Just Only John.




There are subtle thing in this book that make me laugh to this day...like..

"Daddy was a very impotaant man with his own office with his name on the door"...and the name on the door reads.....DADDY

weatherr
February 29th, 2008, 06:54 PM
The first book I remember was the "Song of Hiawatha" by Longfellow. My mother read it to me when I was about 6 as a bedtime story...all 300 pages of verse.

Miniature Geek
February 29th, 2008, 11:50 PM
As a young child.

Arty the Smarty, And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, The Pokey Little Puppy

ZBeeblebrox
March 1st, 2008, 12:50 AM
Here was my first book. My Dad loved trains :wink:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/76/Littleenginethatcould.jpg


Actually My mom still has this book and I plan on giving it my my son some day.

Hex_Enduction_Hour
March 7th, 2008, 07:50 PM
I've gotta mention this author/artist, David Wisniewski.
He retells legends from various cultures. But the best part of his efforts are his illustrations.
They're made of intricate and beautiful cut-paper sculptures.

My oldest son and daughter loved this book, Rain Player.
http://www.childscapes.com/jpegs/allnew/5014%20wisniewski.jpg

I just checked out Golem for them this week.
It's a bit violent and scary, but I"m hoping they'll enjoy it.
http://www.bcplonline.org/kidspage/golem.gif
Here are some others that look great, but I haven't read:
http://www.childscapes.com/jpegs/allnew/5013%20wisniewski.jpg
http://www.scils.rutgers.edu/~kvander/images/wisniewski7.jpg


I was sniffing around the internet just now and discovered he passed away a few years back. :(

InThisMoment
March 7th, 2008, 08:20 PM
See Jane Run. Run Jane Run.

http://www.elliottsamazing.com/gang.jpg
Or something like that.

Hex_Enduction_Hour
March 8th, 2008, 04:10 AM
See Jane Run. Run Jane Run.

http://www.elliottsamazing.com/gang.jpg
Or something like that.


I've been wondering if there's some online source that documents all the book/titles from that era of Dick and Jane style of books?
I've been looking for one in particular that I remember from my childhood...

Ormus
March 8th, 2008, 02:39 PM
http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0394839102.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

Onacara
March 8th, 2008, 02:46 PM
I found an image of it online....I may have to break down and shell out some coin for a mint copy.

http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/ce/e0/e984024128a075d9977dd010._AA240_.L.jpg

Hex_Enduction_Hour
March 8th, 2008, 05:47 PM
http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0394839102.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg
Yeah, That's a good one too! I recall a different Berenstain Bear book concerning a picnic. During a rainstorm, Father Bear takes refuge in a cave up on a hill and get electrocuted by lightning. The houses and environments (like that cave) were alway really cool and neat-looking drawings. LOVED those early Berenstain Bears books!


I found an image of it online....I may have to break down and shell out some coin for a mint copy.

http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/ce/e0/e984024128a075d9977dd010._AA240_.L.jpg
Doesn't ring a bell!


But how about Ed Emberley books?
I purchased a copy of The Wizard of Op on eBay some years back for about $24. I'd never known of that title and had to have it after seeing the awesome, b&w, optical illusion artwork inside!

Parduz
March 8th, 2008, 06:43 PM
The very first book i bought was the complete "Lucky Star" saga by Isaac Asimov.
I was 8-9 years old, i was eager of Sci-fi, and i remember that i already have read the whole Verne production (dunno if they was kids reductions or the full books).
I then have read the whole Asimov sci-fi production over the years.... with a break reading the D&D Dragonlance trilogy when i was 12.

MI_Tiger
March 12th, 2008, 12:18 PM
The first book I remember owning was a British book called "Jo Jo the Giraffe", which is about a Giraffe who is bored in the zoo so he leaves to find something more interesting to do. He helps firemen get a kitten out of a tree, helps a lady hang up her clothes to dry, and eventually works in a candy store where he helps the store owner reach the candy on the top shelf. Eventually the zoo keeper comes in the candy store and tells Jo Jo that everyone at the zoo misses him so he returns to the zoo.

I got the book in the early 70s when I was about 3. I was living in Ireland at the time and had to go into the hospital for some minor surgery. My parents bought me this book and read it to me over and over in the hospital to cheer me up. The story is nothing special, but it became a life-long favorite because of the memories. I still have that copy (although it is very much the worse for wear after going through my own 3 children), but I've never seen it anywhere else. I doubt if it was ever released in the US.

Aldin
March 12th, 2008, 04:24 PM
I got a set of kid encyclopedias (Childcraft?) that were the first reading materials to ever reside on a shelf in my room. I remember in particular the one full of myths and legends. I read about Minos and Athena and Daedalus and especially Prometheus - my earliest hero in literature.

~Aldin, who supposes you could turn the Promethian tale into a humorous drinking allegory - what with the liver and all ("Give me a Light"... "but your liver, sweetheart"... "bah! Who needs a liver? I'm gonna fire this place up"...)

Ugly-Caco
March 13th, 2008, 09:55 AM
Some Hardy Boys book that I didn't read. I was about 7 or 8 then.

"What no pictures?"

rdhight
March 19th, 2008, 10:38 PM
My memories don't go back to before I can read, so whatever readers and Little Golden Books I started with are unknown. I did have some Highlights stuff and Childcraft books when I was real little. My favorite part of the Childcraft set was the "tree game" where they had pages and pages of painted wilderness landscape with paths leading through it left-to-right. They would show you a fork in the path with some leaves, bark, seeds and stuff on each path and you would have to look through the rest of the book and identify them. If you chose right, you'd turn the page and see your path leading to a new choice... choose wrong and your path would end at a monster's lair or a broken rope bridge or something. It was awesome.

I was homeschooled, so I had a chance to start reading early, read a lot, and have a lot of choice. Others I read a lot are the "We Were There" historical adventures, Hardy Boys/Tom Swift, Choose Your Own Adventure and similar, Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings, Roald Dahl, Dr. Seuss, Encyclopedia Brown, some Osborne books... all kinds of stuff except for comic books. I didn't really like those because they were so short, and my parents didn't like the content much anyway.

My sister has little kids now, and it's been fun to get my nieces some of the same books I enjoyed. Island of the Skog, The Spider Makes a Web, The Monster at the End of this Book, "There Are Rocks In My Socks!" Said the Ox to the Fox... good stuff. The older one, Alexis, is two, and she's into monsters and strange creatures quite a bit. Her current hero is Oogie Boogie from Nightmare Before Christmas. Playing the "boogie song" segment of that movie will completely hypnotize her. If I'm watching a horror or fantasy movie and she sees it, she'll look at it and say, "It's not too scary."
"No, it's too scary for you. you can't watch this."
"I can watch it. It's a monster guy! (glee) Oooo!"
"Okay, time to turn this off for now." *click*
"Where'd monster guy go?"

Hex_Enduction_Hour
April 12th, 2008, 12:05 AM
Ed Emberely and his family have produced a sizeable collection of quality children's books.

One of my very favorites as a kid and adult was Drummer Hoffer!
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/37/DRUMMER_HOFF.jpg

You can be sure all three of my chidren have heard this story countless times.

Jandars_Hope
April 12th, 2008, 05:38 AM
I remember when I was very, very young I had a few Beatrix Potter books; Peter Rabbit, and one with a hedgehog.

Flame Gryphon
April 12th, 2008, 02:35 PM
Magic Treehouse, and now, I can't get enough of books.

massivenewbage
April 14th, 2008, 11:58 PM
The first book I remember selecting myself and reading was "The Velveteen Rabbit". Today I own three rabbits, all of them real.

John Smith
April 15th, 2008, 06:49 PM
The first "book" that I learned to read and understand the alphabet with was a bunch of old "SIG" brand model airplane catalogs that my Dad had. I was fascinated with the model airplanes and my Dad helped me spell out the plane names. I also had a bunch of Golden books that I read including the "Little Engine that Could." The first books that didn't have pictures were the Hardy Boys series when i was about 6. "The Secret of the Caves" was the first one I bought followed by just about the whole collection. I still have all of those.

ParaGoomba Slayer
April 21st, 2008, 06:22 AM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/e5/LoveYouForever.png

ewabbie
April 21st, 2008, 07:40 AM
Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel

http://www.kidzmusic.com/images/2005/mikemulligan.gif

Melwing17
July 6th, 2008, 05:37 PM
"The Monster at the End of This Book". Sesame Street book starring Grover; he spent every page trying to get you to not turn the page by building a brick wall, etc. I still have it, actually.

Elf_Archer
August 4th, 2008, 04:13 PM
Ready, Set, Read!

A collection of literature for the young reader

Azrael's Acid
August 10th, 2008, 04:55 PM
I don't remember owning a book in childhood, because I went through so many of them. The first adult book I remember owning was Twilight Eyes by Dean Koontz.

Agent of Vydar
August 10th, 2008, 06:31 PM
Probably Green Eggs and Ham or the Foot Book by Dr. Seuss.

Metaknight
August 10th, 2008, 08:36 PM
Mine was this nameless book... It was all furry, brown furr like a bear. It was about this bear that went over the moon or something. Yeah, a good night story.

Onacara
August 10th, 2008, 08:46 PM
Mine was this nameless book... It was all furry, brown furr like a bear. It was about this bear that went over the moon or something. Yeah, a good night story.


Goodnight Moon?

Metaknight
August 10th, 2008, 09:00 PM
No, that was about a rabbit not a bear. Similiar though... the book was covered in furr, hopefully fake.

Purplebeard
August 21st, 2008, 12:36 AM
Very, very young when I started to read. I was three? Not sure and no way to verify.

Frog and Toad

Great little series of books.

Dennys
August 21st, 2008, 12:53 AM
Amazingly enough, a large tome entitled "Norse Gods and Giants"

A complete set of tales of Odin and the Jotuns/Aesir/Vanir gods.

I still have it.

Star Wolf
August 23rd, 2008, 03:02 PM
Some sesame street book with the cookie monster or something.