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What We Read As Children

Hello there everyone!

Occasionally I get into conversations with my students about books. Actually, it happens often, and I love it when it does. Today, a student asked me the following:

Miss Tennant? When you were little, what were your favorite books?

First of all, I loved the fact that she asked me about my favorite books rather than my favorite book, but this question always gives me hives. For as long as I can remember, I have been a reader. As a child, when people would ask me what I was or what I wanted to be, I’d say a reader. But I can’t remember what I read or why I read it…or even what the first book was that I read all on my own.

Today was different, however. Suddenly, at least a dozen titles came swirling into my brain and it made me so happy I almost cried. My favorite books were as follows:

1. the stories of forest animals by Beatrix Potter – I had a collection of them and loved to have them read to me, to read them myself, or to read to others.
2. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss – It was a combination of the drawings, the colors, and the story. I was always very opinionated and liked a good cause.
3. The Nutcracker – As a ballerina, I liked to listen to this story, but I distinctly remember hating to read it by myself.
4. Charlotte’s Web – This was my favorite in kindergarten and well into 3rd grade.
5. The Harry Potter series – When I was in 4th grade, I discovered the magical world of Harry Potter and was infatuated (and still am).

So I guess my question is this:

What were your favorite books as children?

Cheers!

Bree

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