This week's theme is near and dear to my ravenous reader/children's librarian heart - fond memories of books from childhood!
Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery - Ah, Anne! I just adore her. Being adopted, loving to read, and having a big imagination, I really identified with her when I was a kid. I have very fond memories of my dad reading the series to me at bedtime and I re-read them many times on my own. It's time for another go-round, actually. To this day I fully believe in the concept of kindred spirits and I love the name Cordelia.
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster - Hilarious, unique and clever. Milo's quest to find the Princesses Rhyme and Reason is unforgettable, as are all the characters he meets along the way, especially brave, faithful Tock (the watchdog (who actually goes tick) and the ridiculous Humbug. (I still come out of the side of King Azaz, the words are more important than numbers.) A wonderful tribute to the importance of knowledge.
Gordon Korman's early books - particularly the Bruno and Boots series, No Coins, Please and, my favourite, I Want to go Home! Hilariously funny, period. I read them over and over myself, I bought them at the school's Scholastic booksale, I read them to my mom, I pretended to have an older brother named Bruno who went to boarding school in Ontario...
Heidi by Johanna Spyri - My mom had an old, old copy of the book and it was another bedtime read with my dad. The story completely captured my imagination. I'd draw pictures of the mountain covered in wildflowers with Peter and his goats. I'd hide behind our sofa eating bread and cheese and pretend I was living in the cabin with Grandfather. Dad's school did a stage version of it and I saw the movie with Shirley Temple, too - I couldn't get enough of Heidi.
A picture book of Cinderella - I have no idea who illustrated/adapted it, but oh, boy - do I remember how much I loved the illustration of Cinderella's dress - I thought it was the most beautiful thing in the world.
The Old Joke Book by Janet and Allan Ahlberg - I checked this one out of my local library so many times!! I still have a soft spot for the Ahlbergs because of it. I loved its comic-book style and corny jokes. I guess it was my first introduction to British humour, which would become a life-long love.