Give me The 21 Balloons. I became obsessed with Krakatoa after reading that. It took another 30 years to scratch that itch with Simon Winchester’s book about it.
I really never learned to read well until freshman year. Then I read ALL of Robert Heinlein. Just reread "Citizen of the Galaxy" last week. Started "Farmer in the Sky" last night.
I couldn't sit still long enough to read till I had heart problems in my Freshman year. Then I taught myself.
In elementary I read all the simple Biographies of the US Presidents. Pretty simple reading. I guess I also read comic books!
Friday was brilliant. I remember reading the "novella" or short story that featured one of Friday's 23 or however many "parents" she had, back in the 80's. He wrote the story (I forget the title) in the 40's... I remember the story mentioned old folks homes on the Moon because of the low gravity. RICH old folks, LOL!If you remember the cover of Heinlein’s ‘Friday,’ I got in trouble for buying that. I also got yelled at for reading ‘Maggie, a Girl of the Streets.’ My dad got a little red-faced when I showed him it was written by Stephen Crane of Red Badge of Courage fame.
I loved The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is also up there, but Tom Sawyer captured the nuisances (especially the innocence) of youth and boyhood better, IMHO. I read it when I was in 5th grade and it immediately became a favorite as I was able to identify with the same mix of adventure, (false) bravado, innocence, humor, and romance in Tom.I loved ‘Huckleberry Finn’. I read it 3 times.
When I was very young I liked the Roald Dahl books, and also Tin Tin and Asterix comics.
Reading all of the books in order in The Chronicles of Narnia is a fantastic experience.I wouldn't count high school as childhood. So I'm remembering early elementary school, up to about 5th grade.
Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons. As a parent I found out about Ransome's varied children's books and read them all to my kids.
Through the Looking-Glass and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The Winnie the Pooh books.
L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time.
The Hardy Boys were a favorite in 3rd grade. I was reading the already very outdated ones from the 20s and 30s. Speaking of outdated, the many dog books by Albert Payson Terhune.
This thread reminded me of Jack London and Lofting's Dr Doolittle. Also Sherlock Holmes. I was a sucker for tales of Robin Hood and various folk/fairy tale collections, including Grimm and Andersen.
With my own kids I read aloud the Narnia books, much Roald Dahl, The Hobbit, and the whole Harry Potter opus as it came out. They all dove into fantasy, swords, and sorcery at young ages.