Sunday, May 6, 2012

Children's Book Week Giveaway

Watch out!!  It's time to celebrate children's books!! And everyone who teaches kids to read!!!  Find a teacher this week and give them a token of appreciation. Someone helped us become raving readers, let's pass on the encouragement... IT'S WORTH IT!!  Thank you, Teachers!!!  And Reviewers!!  And Readers!!!


Hosted by KidLitFrenzy, Classic Children's Books, Mymcbooks & I Am A Reader, Not A Writer

I have taken a dive back into my past, digging up timeless classics that transcend age. I hope I've picked some books you haven't read before and I really, really hope I've picked some books you'll feel richer for reading at any age!!


Watership DownWatership Down
by Richard Adams

Yeppers... a book about rabbits. It's also a saga, a search, a triumph, a bloody war, a deep friendship, and where I learned the meaning of Respect. If I talk about it any more, I'll have to reread it. Again. (Which will mean buying a new copy 'cause mine is so worn, the last page has gone missing and I NEED the last page!)


Eight CousinsEight Cousins
by Louisa May Alcott

Have you read this?!  Lousia May Alcott, right?!  Little Women!!  Well, I like Little Women, ok, but I really, really like Eight Cousins... 'cause the cousins are all BOYS!  And Rose is the only GIRL and she whips all her cousins into shape and then they all grow up and everyone starts falling in love and it's just... so cute!!  It doesn't get "grown up" 'til the next book, Rose in Bloom... where there's lover's quarrels and all sorts of mix-ups. To get to there, though, you gotta get to know all the characters first, including Phebe who sings like a bird!

The Princess and the GoblinThe Princess and the Goblin
by George MacDonald


Before the Lion in Narnia, there was the grandmother in The Princess & the Goblin. I will be raving about George MacDonald again 'cause his books lurk in the shadows behind all the other classic authors I can't get enough of. He was a contemporary of the Bronte sisters, so the writing style is from another age. I found him when CS Lewis mentioned him. He wrote fantastical books like this one plus lots, lots more. Follow Irene as she learns to trust and be brave and follow that string wherever it leads.


The Hobbit: The Enchanting Prelude to the Lord of the RingsThe Hobbit
JRR Tolkien

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.


The Little PrinceThe Little Prince
by 

How many times have I read this little gem?!  I can't even count 'em. There's humor, youth, wisdom, persistence, faith. I suppose this little book is the reason I love multiple layers of meaning and it hides behind simplistic innocence. Everyone should have it in their library. It's a good place to go when I take myself too seriously!


Seven Daughters and Seven SonsSeven Daughters and Seven Sons
by  

This book is steeped in culture, it drips of another world, another culture, another age. People travel on camels and the business of trading rules. Women are confined behind veils and curtains. Buran, one of seven daughters, is not content to hide when she can help her father and her family. She does the impossible and surprises everyone, becoming a legend and folktale, "how could such a thing be kept secret?"


Blue SwordThe Blue Sword
by Robin McKinley

And my favorite for last... don't even tell me if you don't like this book. I'd rather not know!!  Lol. The beginning starts carefully, as Harry has controlled her emotions unconsciously since bad things happen when she loses her temper. Everything changes when she sees the yellow-eyed king Corlath and he gazes too long, unable to break eye contact. Anyone who's ever found themselves immersed in a foreign culture will find solace in this book. Or... I did.  Never mind it has the best horses in literature or the most amazing country, Damar, that leaves me aching to actually find it, it's so real.

I think of these books as ageless.. although I've noticed my impressions have changed over time. I'm not sure if these books would have been AS wonderful if they weren't the first ones I ever fell in love with. You know?  I feel very protective of these ones, like growly... I don't think I could review 'em with a critical eye if I tried. These were my first trips to other worlds... where I cried to return to real life and attempted to read them multiple times to get back, only to find the story repeats itself.

We all have books like that don't we?  One of those priceless life-changing books that transformed us forever to something different, effecting our lives forever.  I will honor your treasures... please share!!

What book was your first favorite?

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61 comments:

  1. The first book I remember loving was The Poky Little Puppy. I read that book so much as a young child that I wore out the spine and it was held together by scotch tape.

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  2. +JMJ+

    My first favourite among the books my family already had when I was growing up: Little Men by Louisa May Alcott. (And I will forever love boarding schools.)

    My first favourite among the books I started buying for myself at age twelve: From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg. (It's probably also in my Top 10 of all time.)

    I really enjoyed this post, Laura. =) I think I'll check out The Blue Sword now. Thanks also for the giveaway.

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  3. "My Bedtime Book of Magic Carpet Stories" by Patricia Taylor aaaand I still own my copy too :-)!

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  4. I had some favourite books when I was a child. But I have to say that my favourites changed quickly, sometimes every new book I read was my new favourite. But I still have some German child classics in mind that I LOVED reading.

    The first book that really stuck as a favourite though and that still is one of my favourites is Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. I first read it when I was 9 and 10 and I still love to reread it for like the 10th time or something like that.

    Thank you so much for this giveaway! :)

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  5. My first favorite that I remember was Babar. That elephant changed me! My mom used to read the stories to me from the time I was born, and when I started to read, they were the first that I attempted. Babar will always have a place of honor in my heart and in my home.

    Long live children's books!!!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. I loved The Little Prince. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  7. I seriously can't remember my favorite book. I read so many. I also have a bit of brain damage so there are things I don't remember.

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  8. The Little Prince! So beautiful:)

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  9. I always loved HEIDI. I re-read THE HOBBIT not long ago. A favorite still.

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  10. As I remember it was Beezus and Ramona! Does that date me?

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  11. One of my favorites is Goodnight, Moon. I really have to find my original copy up in the attic somewhere. And did you know? When I was at Doylestown for a signing, I discovered and bought the parody, Goodnight, iPad! OMG! lol It's hilarious. It's also ON the iPad, so I bought that version recently and it's enhanced.

    Another fave is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. But really, there are sooo many!

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  12. The Naughtiest Girl in School by Enid Blyton was my first favourite; the one that I read by myself and sparked my passion for reading. Of course my favourite children's classic is Little Women and the rest of her series. I never tire of reading them. :-)
    Thank you for the giveaway.

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  13. I really have no memory; I always loved Dear Zoo though!

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  14. The Balloon Tree, I remember continually taking it out from the library because I loved it so much :) Thanks for the giveaway! (and AWESOME selection btw!)

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  15. The Little Prince! What a beautiful story!

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  16. I always loved The Bobsey Twins by Laura Lee Hope. I think I read every copy that was in the library. Oh and The Hardy Boys by Franklin W. Dixon. I don't really remember reading many of the classics. I started reading Harlequin Romance in the 5th grade.

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  17. The Giving Tree has always stood out for me!

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  18. I'm pretty sure I've told you this before! ;)

    The Giver was my first favourite book ever, and it is the biggest reason I love reading! Yadda yadda. Everything I said when I commented on your review of it.

    But! I don't know if I ever told you that I tried reading the others in the "series" and I just could not get into them. I felt so...idk, betrayed! lmao. I still don't really find fault when I read The Giver, so I don't know if it's because it's my first book-love, but I can't say that I love that series. Only book one!

    Ohhh! Also, the series Amazing Days of Abby Hayes was my fricking THING in middle school. I remember re-reading Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining all the time!

    Also, I totally understand when you don't want to hear people diss on your faves. When I first used Goodreads I was reading reviews for some of my favourite books and I'd come across someone rating it 1 star and going on a huge rant and I would just get mad and X out. Which is why you are going to *love* Gunslinger, right, right right?? ;)) hahahha

    I haven't gotten around to reading The Blue Sword yet and I neeed to! I definitely will be this summer, I plan to read so much and I'm finally making a dent on my to-read piles now, wooo.

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    1. Lol - I love your long comments!!!

      I think I stole the phrase from YOU... about not wanting to hear people diss my fav. Lol. I should've given you the credit on that one!! I will next time, if I remember, 'cause that TOTALLY EXPLAINS HOW IT FEELS!!! There are some books that are just not review-able objectively!!

      I'd totally give you a bad time about The Blue Sword except you got me... I haven't read (and fallen in love with) Gunslinger, yet. So we're even. Except... I know you have The Blue Sword in your hot hands already!!! Muahahaha

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  20. A Wrinkle in Time was always one of my favourites!

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  21. My favorite was Bilbo the Hobbit and i would like to discover the blue sword because i haven't heard of it except in another giveaway some times ago

    thanks you

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  22. That I can remember would be Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss
    sena.sagani at gmail dot com

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  23. I dont exactly remember my first book because i have been reading or trying to read as far as i can remember.. I used to love Barbie dolls while i was growing up and i have a vague memory of my mother getting me a Barbie book, Barbie as Cindrella i think, that was my first read as far as i can remember!

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  24. The Velveteen Rabbit was my first favorite, I still have it today - it was a baby shower gift my mom received and I have always adored that story!

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  25. i used to love the sleepy beauty because i had the audio book with a book with images from the movie! i still remember some parts!
    thanks!

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  26. Defintiely one of Roald Dahl's books..It's a tie between The Witches and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I still reread them to this day.

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  27. Cinderella was my favorite book.
    Thanks a lot for the giveaway!

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  28. I read a lot of Amelia Bedelia books when I was younger so it's very possible those were some of my favorites. The first book I actually remember being my favorite is The Giver. I fell in love with that book the first time I read it and have read it many times since then : )

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  29. "The Boxcar Children" by Gertrude Chandler Warner! That was my favorite childhood book. Actually, there are a whole series of these books and I've read dozens of them! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  30. The Berenstein Bears and the Grimms Faerytales.

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  31. My first favorite book (that I remember) was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! :)

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  32. 'The Little Prince' (of course)

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  33. I used to love The Polar Express!

    Rachael Henzman

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  34. First book I remember loving to death was The Ghost Next Door by Wylly Folk St.John. Oh, btw, love The Blue Sword:) I just finished The Scorpio Races which reminded me a bit of that book:))

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  35. Enid Blyton books were an early favourite. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  36. My first favorite book was called Little Fingerling by Monica Hughes! I read it so many time it was crazy. I wish that I still had it to share with my kids :D

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  37. My first favorite? I'm not sure, but I guess Arabian Nights was one of them - here it's titled 1001 Nights ;) I had the complete edition, over 1000 small font pages, without any pictures in it, now it's a little torn with some missing pages, but I still keep it. Also, any other fairy tales (both Grimm's Brothers & Hans Christian Andersen's) and other fairy tales & folk tales, I used to own quite a few books with translated russian folk tales as a child that I loved to read, but I have no idea what happened to them or the name of the stories :( Also, Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne, I loved that book, I guess not the usual read for a child ;) but I used to read it again & again, and the last but not least, Nobody's Boy by Hector Malot, also one of my favs - I actually read it again last year after so many years & loved it again ;) There were some favs from authors from my country, I don't think they have been translated, so I won't mention their names. And not to forget Aesop's Fables ;) I used to read them a lot, too :)

    I've read only The Little Prince as a child from these (been planning to re-read it for quite a while) now of course I've read The Hobbit, too, so great books to choose from, I didn't know that The Princess and the Goblin was based on a book, although I guess I should have guessed ;)

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

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  38. It was The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle. I loved it as a kid, because it was fun and full of adventure. I've read my copy so many times that it has lost both covers and a few of final pages (which I don't need anyway as I remember the ending perfectly even after so many years).

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  39. My first favorite book was Emeralds and Espionage by Lynn Gardner and it is still one of my favorite books!!!

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  40. I absolutely loved the Animal Adventures by Thornton Burgess.

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  41. There were so many books I loved as a little kid. I think my favourite was probably Franklin is Bossy by Paulette Bourgeois.

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  42. I loved A Series of Unfortunate Events as I grew up.

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  43. I love Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! :)

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  44. The first book I remember being unable to put down was Stephen King's, "Misery." I received it as a Christmas present when I was a teenager. I started reading it that morning and was done with it by noon on the 26th.

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  45. Out of these selected I have only read The Hobbit! If I am looking back to the first book I can remember reading it is Sword of truth. I Would love to read the Princess and the Goblin.

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  46. I was a huge Roald Dahl fan, but the book that really did it for me was From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankwieler.

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  47. Where the Wild Things Are was my favorite.

    Les Johnson

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  48. I think it was Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, very Bad day.

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  49. My first favorite that I remember is The Giving Tree. It's still my favorite children's book!

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  50. My favorite was one i read in school, Red Badge of Courage..

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  51. I love this giveaway! So many fabulous books to choose from! I am not sure of my first favorite- but I think it had to be my book of fairy tales. :)

    ~Jess

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  52. My first favorite was Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson.

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  53. It was The Hobbit. I loved that book.

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