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*Results* - Your 'Top 5' Childrens'/Young Adult books

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In my opinion, the 5 books every child should read are:

 

1. The Merry Adventures Of Robin Hood - Howard Pyle

2. The Wind In The Willows

3. Tom Sawyer/Huckleberry Fin - Mark Twain

4. Heidi - Johanna Spyri

5. Grimms's Fairy Tales - Brothers Grimm

 

I haven't ever read a Roald Dahl book. And I've read just one Enid Blyton book. I know, my parents don't read so I had no one to point me to the good books. Did well on my own though.

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Mine.

 

1. The Chronicles Of Narnia - CS Lewis

2. Charlie and The Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

3. Danny The Champion Of The World - Roald Dahl

4. The Find Outer series - Enid Blyton

5. Famous Five series - Enid Blyton

 

I have a lot more I like too!

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1. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

2. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

3. The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

4. Tamsin by Peter S. Beagle

5. The Changeling Sea by Patricia McKillip

 

Hmmm, I don't consider books like Watership Down and Jane Eyre to be "children" or "young adult". Just my opinion, of course. :)

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I haven't read Jane Eyre and I only vaguely remember the TV adaptation with James Bond (the weird one) as Rochester - I think that was JE?

 

Watership Down is considered a children's novel though - it started life as a story told by Adams to his daughters. :)

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I haven't read Jane Eyre and I only vaguely remember the TV adaptation with James Bond (the weird one) as Rochester - I think that was JE?

 

Watership Down is considered a children's novel though - it started life as a story told by Adams to his daughters. :)

The first time I read Watership Down, I believe I was 12 or 13 years old, but I guess I feel the book can be read on both a children's level and an adult level. While I enjoyed it at that age, I had a deeper understanding reading it years later.

 

I don't believe I would have enjoyed Jane Eyre at all when I was a teenager, but I adore it now. However, that may be because as a teenager I balked at the idea of reading any classics. :lol:

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I didn't read Watership Down until last year, or the year before. It was on our bookcase as a child but it didn't appeal. I think that's because my Mum had a hardback and I've never been a fan of those.

 

I think I will add Jane Eyre to my ever growing wish list! :)

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My OH considers Jane Eyre to be a children's book too - I just lumped it in with classics, but he said he read it when he was young and had always thought it was meant to be read as a children's book.

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I never would have thought of Jane Eyre as being a childrens book despite reading it quite young, I suppose it doesn't deal with to many complicated issues despite having elements of gothic but I would never have classed its as for children. its well worth the read though and remains one of my favourites.

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I love Watership down. It made me cry as a child.

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From my own childhood;

 

The Hobbit

The Wind in the Willows

Call of the wild

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

The BFG

 

and as a father of a five year old daughter;

 

The Gruffalo

The Whale and the Snail

The Tiger who came to tea

 

 

plus a mention in dispatches for all those Rupert Bear annuals my dad brought me for Christmas every year! Still got 'em!

 

Ian

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I never would have thought of Jane Eyre as being a childrens book despite reading it quite young, I suppose it doesn't deal with to many complicated issues despite having elements of gothic but I would never have classed its as for children. its well worth the read though and remains one of my favourites.

I bought this today on your recommendation. :)

 

I bought a 'Puffin' edition - which is complete and unabridged, but has nice print - I found the Penguin versions to have very small typeface.

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My favourites from the list are

 

Winnie The Pooh - A.A. Milne

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

Harry Potter Series - J.K. Rowling

The Twits - Roald Dahl

The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien

 

I would have included the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe but as it's grouped under all the chronicles and I didn't like all of them, I didn't.

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Mine are:

 

'His Dark Materials Trilogy' by Philip Pullman

'The Hunger Games Trilogy' by Suzanne Collins

'Watership Down' by Richard Adams

'Chronicles Of Narnia' by CS Lewis

'Peter Pan' by J M Barrie

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Mine are:

 

Almost everything Enid Blyton's written - except The Secret Seven

Heidi

Just William series (by Richmal Crompton) - can't get enough of them - I adore that boy!

Anne of Green Gables

Little women

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my top 5(out of order)

1.gifted hands

2.(series)his dark materials

3.journey to the center of the eartb

4.20,000 leagues under the sea

5.the adventures of captain hatteras

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My top 5 books

 

The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis

Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery

Charlotte's Web - EB White

The Little Match Girl - Hans Christian Andersen

The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

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Hmm this is a difficult one. But I think my choices would be:

 

The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Anne of Green Gables, by LM Montgomery

The Witches, by Roal Dahl

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S.Lewis

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"The Ransom of Red Chief", O'Henry in which two men kidnap a boy of ten. The boy turns out to be so bratty and obnoxious that the desperate men ultimately pay the boy's father $250 to take him back.

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As a child I think my favorites were:

 

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

 

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis

 

The Adventure Series by Enid Blyton (my mum would read it to my brother and I, she'd play out all the proper voice, even Kiki the parrot ! so I can't really remember if it was any good, but it has sentimental value !)

 

The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge (has anybody seen the recent-ish movie? it looks terrible...)

 

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (and anything else by Diana Wynne Jones)

 

There are loads of other great books in the list I'd add to my top 5 children's books, but I didn't read most of them as a child. Coraline for example I only read last year.

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My top 5 would definitely be:

 

A little princess

Chinese cinderella

The adventures of travelling piglet (discovered through my son)

Little prince (must-read!)

A series of unfortunate events

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As a child (so many to choose from!):

 

The Secret Garden

The Little Match Girl

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Anne Of Green Gables

 

As a mother (my 6 year old daughter was keen to compile her own little list):

 

The Whale and The Snail

The Adventures of Travelling Piglet

The Gruffalo

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I loved A Little Princess, Sacred. :)

 

And The Gruffalo, Eleanor, as you can probably tell from my avatar! :D

 

I think I'll probably do a new one of these at some stage in 2013 - this one was started in 2009 and we've had some members leave and lots of new members since then - it would be interesting to see if there are many changes.

 

The one thing I found difficult when compiling the results was that some people picked The Chronicles of Narnia (and other series) as one choice - but really it would have been better if they could have singled out their favourite book from the series.

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These are the ones I used to read over and over as a child:

 

The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)

The Little Prince (Antoine De Saint-Exupery)

The Witches; Matilda (Roal Dahl)

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (C S Lewis)

 

My son's favourite among these is The Little Prince :) and of course The Gruffalo, which he pulls out of his little library shelf at least once every couple of weeks for a bedtime read.

 

My top 5 would definitely be:

 

A little princess

Chinese cinderella

The adventures of travelling piglet (discovered through my son)

Little prince (must-read!)

A series of unfortunate events

 

Sacred, we also started reading the ebook version of The Adventures of Travelling Piglet together, the first book, very nicely written I must say!

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1. Harry Potter

2. The Hobit

3. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

4. The Secret Garden

5. The witches; Matilda

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