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Subject: How many of us read children's books?
Date Posted: 4/22/2008 6:34 PM ET
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I was thinking about this the other day. I'm 41 and dont' have kids but I know in my adult years I've read a lot of kid books! Of course some childhood favorites - esp 4th grade-jr high age like boxcar children and trixie beldens..oops and of course 'the secret garden' but I know I buy the new Boxcar Children books that they started writing several years ago...I've also picked up a new nancy drew here and there...and I read all the books in the 'three cousins detectives', a christian mystery series for younger kids..at least all that the library had and I'd like to buy these if I ever find a good deal on them(way too high for such a thin book)...I also read 'a tree grows in brooklyn' as an adult and I '*think* this one was written for teens maybe? I'm also as ucker for a scholastic school order (my cousin u sed to teach and was placing an order several years ago and I got some horrible harry books) and used to order the today's special value from QVC when it had the scholastic book sets....my friend had a baby a couple months ago and I'm afraid now that I'm gonna start collecting the other Dr seuss books I didn't get to read as a kid...sigh...I'm also a sucker for the books on tape of 'a year down  yonder' by richard peck and the one before it which the title escapes me. 'there's a boy in the girls' bathroom' I read shortly after graduating college. and I also liked judy blume's 'fudge' series and meg cabot's princess story(just listened to the first on cassette)..and of course the first harry potter book....

so, any others wanna admit to reading/enjoying kid/teen books?

Date Posted: 4/22/2008 6:38 PM ET
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I have kids, but I have to say that when we find a great kids book, even one meant for 3-6 year-olds, I just LOVE reading it.  Before I had kids, when I was at the library and saw, say, a new Ramona Quimby book, I definitely picked it up, too.

Date Posted: 4/22/2008 6:41 PM ET
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Absolutely yes. One of the really good things about having children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren is being able to read the excellent books that are available now.

Date Posted: 4/22/2008 6:43 PM ET
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Yes, it is a great way to relax.



Date Posted: 4/22/2008 7:12 PM ET
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I love reading chapter books outloud to DD. So far her favorite has been Stuart Little, it's a great story!  Winnie the Pooh is fun too.

Date Posted: 4/22/2008 7:30 PM ET
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I love both children's and young adult fiction.  I say it's for my job....but really, some great writing is being done today for kids!

I really enjoyed The Series of Unfortunate Events, and Tamora Pierce is a favorite too--her books that take place in Tortall.

Date Posted: 4/22/2008 7:50 PM ET
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I don't read children's or YA book very often at all.  However, because so many of you mentioned A Wrinkle In Time in a recent thread about re-discovering books from our childhoods, I actually took it out of the library just today.  I am counting on it being a great read!!

Date Posted: 4/22/2008 7:58 PM ET
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As a teacher, I cried the first time I read Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes because of man's inhumanity to man.

For all you lover's of child and YA literature, I highly recommend Goodnight, Mr. Tom and The Book Thief.

Date Posted: 4/22/2008 8:23 PM ET
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I love children's and especially young adult books. We don't even plan to have kids, but I collect the books all the same.
Date Posted: 4/22/2008 9:57 PM ET
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Date Posted: 4/22/2008 10:02 PM ET
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Count me in.  I read the Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane this month.  My 11 year old niece wants me to read books, so I do.  I think it's important for kids to be able to share something like reading with an adult.

Date Posted: 4/22/2008 10:28 PM ET
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Every now and then I do enjoy a book written for young adults, or even a little child! ;)

Date Posted: 4/22/2008 10:39 PM ET
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I have a LARGE collection of Children's and YA literature. It helps that I have a nine year old son who is turning into a bookworm (makes Mama proud!) but I started my collection long before he was born. I am a sucker for a good story with great cover art! :D
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Date Posted: 4/23/2008 9:33 AM ET
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  I love to read YA and children's books.  I'll pick up any I find at a yard sale.  I keep them for my daughter, but I've re-discovered old favorites like the Secret Garden, the Ruth Chew books, even Gus the Friendly Ghost :)   I've still got and re-read my Trixie Beldens, Donna Parker, Nancy Drews, among others.  

Date Posted: 4/23/2008 4:38 PM ET
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I love Lois Lowry's books! 

Date Posted: 4/23/2008 8:24 PM ET
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I don't have kids, but I do occasionally read young adults fiction.  Recently I have been reading the Twighlight series and the Warrior series.  I also read The Golden Compass recently, and look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy. 


Sometimes I prefer reading young adults fiction as an adult.... I imagine that if I would have read the His Dark Materials trilogy as a teen I would have missed much of the symbolism etc that I understand now.



Date Posted: 4/23/2008 9:10 PM ET
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Raising my hand.....me!  I read several YA books and re-read childhood favorites.  I enjoy the break, I get to relive my childhood, I find some of the writing to be deeper than anything written for adults (The Giver, anyone?), and it allows me to have conversations with my own kids and the kids I do AR reading with.

Date Posted: 4/24/2008 9:16 AM ET
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I love kids books!  I'm 23 but I have all the Roald Dahl, Narnia, and Harry Potter books.  I also collect picture books, ones with really great illustrations or that are just special & outstanding.  Lately I've been reading some of my old faves to my nieces (Mrs Piggle Wiggle, A Little Princess, The Boxcar Children...) and I've been enjoying them as much as they are.  Also just ordered 'The Westing Game' by Ellen Raskin, its a really cute kids mystery.

Date Posted: 4/24/2008 2:09 PM ET
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I read a lot of Children's Literature and YA lit. Too much perhaps. I'm 25 years old.

I'm planning on being a youth services librarian, and am currently  finishing up my honors thesis on children's literature and the concept of in loco parentis.

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Date Posted: 4/24/2008 7:28 PM ET
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Amanda, Lois Lowry wrote the Giver!  I loved it.  I really enjoyed the sequel, but was a tad disappointed in the third one.  We talked about these particular books a while back here.  (Thus I hesitate to bring it up again as I got one humdinger of a response that even to today I don't know where the attitude came from!)

Date Posted: 4/24/2008 9:14 PM ET
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Loved all the Harry Potter books!

Date Posted: 4/25/2008 4:47 PM ET
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Me, me, me!    I loved having kids in 4th-6th grade because I loved the books they were reading in school then.   I love YA books even more. 

Amanda, I love The Giver.   I was so jealous when my sons got to go see the play after their class read the book.

Just last week I read Bridge to Terabithia and was sobbing again.  I thought I could handle it better this time, since I've read it three times in about 12 years now, but it still gets to me.

I love to read a quick YA book when I'm sort of burned out from some serious subject matter or just don't feel like reading what's next on the TBR stacks.  I'm in a book club, and sometimes when I've finished the book that we're going to be discussing the next Monday I don't want to start another long book, so I read a YA book.  I'm glad to hear there are others who like them, too.

I have to admit, too, that one of the reasons I like YA books is that I know I'm not going to be surprised by too much violence or sex.  Although I am occassionally surprised by a bit of mild cursing.  They do use language that I didn't allow my kids to use, and that they still don't use around me.  :o)


Date Posted: 4/25/2008 8:18 PM ET
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I read kids and YA books too!! 

Date Posted: 4/25/2008 10:53 PM ET
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I spent probaby 20 min in the kid's section at Borders looking through books(would've stayed longer probably but had to get car inspected and it was getting late!)

my friend has a 9 wk old baby adn I'm wanting to get him started with a collectiong but the baby ones didn't look like books but more like pillows! so I got a chubby little board book with an interesting storyline!'goodnight gorilla' I think is the title! and there were 2 others that caught my eye about a duck that had counting in it and anothe wtih the same ducks being friends with a frog. but at 8 bucks a pop I stuck with one for now! but darn it on of htose easy reader paperback displays was almost my undoing..had to hurry out of that section before I bought scooby doo and started on some ot hers..sigh..

foundm ore boxcar children books at the library..they're already past 109!

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Date Posted: 4/25/2008 11:46 PM ET
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wow! I really thought i may have been the only one.  I have all my books from my grade school and junior high days.. Nancy Drew,  Christopher Pike, Richie Tankersly Cusick.... my favorites were L.J. Smith's Vampire Series and The Secret Circle series.  I still re-read those over and over!!

Now I love Harry Potter! I have started the Twilight series, Also the Wicked series from Nancy Holder and a good series about a young witch by Laurie Faria Solarz, and I also like the Private series by Kate Brian and The Gossip Girl books.  They are fast and, for some reason, fascinating to me :) 

I will always love my Dr. Seuss books and Shel Silverstein, and the Disney books, too. We read those to our son :)