Ok, I'll start the ball rolling. My name is Helen, I'm a grown woman in my 30's and I'm still a fond reader of children's fiction. I enjoy reading, love the classics, and enjoy trying out recommendations from friends. However, as the years go on, I am still drawn to reading childrens literature, particularly the stories that so captured my imagination when I was young. For me, this includes Anne of Green Gables, Huckleberry Finn, To Kill a Mockingbird even the humble fairy tale gets my vote. There is something about rekindling my school days and settling down with a simple tale that makes me feel all warm and toasty.
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Which books from your childhood do you still love returning to?
I re-read the Anne of Green Gables series, A Wind in the Willows and a few of the Oz books by Frank L. Baum a couplle of years ago. I son't read them to myself as much since I had kids but now I have a child who is old enough to sit through at least a chapter at a time I read children's books to her so I have an excuse to revisit them, not that I needed one.
Alice in Wonderland should be required reading for every tween up. It is wasted on the age group that usually gets it. For any teenage girl, there is so much food for thought. And as we should constantly ask ourselves, what would Alice do? (don't be fooled - she stands up for what she thinks is right, she calls people on their behaviour instead of conforming, and she goes after what she wants)
I read all the Harry Potter books - I guess they weren't exactly from my childhood, but every time a new one was released I was lining up to read it! Can't wait until my kids are a bit older and I can read it to them. Love reading nursery rhymes to the kids, its nice to have that generational connection between what was read to me is still relevant to them 30 years on.
I don't actually read the childrens books but collect old illustrated ones. I am drawn to them by the delightful colour and black and white plates that were produced years ago.
I also collect sets of Enid Blyton books however once again I like to see the set in the bookshelves but do not read them.