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Children's Book Week!

It's Children's Book Week, and the CBC (Children's Book Council) has announced the winners of the 2010 Children's Choice Book Awards--Congratulations to the winners! To see the winners, go to http://networkedblogs.com/3MTTR.

Some time ago children's writers on our listserv talked about their favorite childhood books. I loved Little Red Riding Hood, but my very favorite book was Nurse Nancy. I wanted to take care of people, like Nancy did. When I grew up I went to school and became a nurse.

My friend's favorite books were the Louisa May Alcott books,including Little Women. "I believe those books engendered in me a love of reading, writing and history and I grew up to be a reader, writer, and museum curator."

Here are some other comments:

"Oh yes, ...all the Five Little Pepper books about a family living in extreme poverty, who of course ended up rich because they were so good--but I could read by the time I loved those, and read them to myself... When I think about this, it seems that I loved reading more when it wasn't assigned."

"I loved A Wrinkle in Time, and also Pippi Longstocking, two worlds that may be scary or wacky, depending on the book, but that were so wonderfully different from my own world."

"Captain Kangaroo introduced me to Mike Mulligan's Steam Shovel, which my daughter just bought for my granddaughter. Good books never die!"

"I remember Millions of Cats! Captain Kangaroo read it on the air. ...and a book about an old sourpuss who sucked on lemons and ruined a parade."

"Blueberries for Sal How can you lose with blueberries AND a bear in a book?"

"I grew up in a little attic apartment my father built above my grandparents house in an immigrant Slovak community near Chicago. We couldn't afford many books, but one Christmas my Aunt Ann gave me two books of my very own: The Wizard of Oz and Grimm's Fairy Tales. Although I read entire shelves of books from the library, those two "books of my very own" were always my favorites."

"The first book that made me want to write... (not necessairly the first that I loved...), was the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery. I totally lost myself in the books and want to be a writer like that."

"The first book I can remember being devoted to and fascinated by was BARBAR THE ELEPHANT--the original, and I still have it. What appealed to me (yes,I do remember this) was the cruelty of people who shoot animals and the sadness of loss, especially the loss of Mother; the excitement and tension of a survival story; and the discovery that people can be kind and good, too."

"I'm an illustrator, and the first book that I remember really loving as a child was Deans Mother Goose Book of Rhymes illustrated by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone. I adored those illustrations! And still do - I own 3 copies of that book."

"The first thing I read to myself that made an impression was Trixie Belden. ...It was a whole series about a scrappy girl living in the Hudson Valley and solving mysteries with her pals and brothers."
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