Re-reading Challenge: That childhood favorite

mistyWe heard from a lot of people at the library who liked David W’s  Resolutions for Readers . Now that there are only two calendar pages left in the year, we’d like to challenge you to take on a few of these resolutions, starting with the first on the list: I will re-read a book I loved as a child.

Take a trip back in time and re-read a favorite book from your childhood.  It could be a title that was read to you (Hailstones & Halibut Bones) ; a title you read like a thousand times (Anne of Green Gables);  or maybe take on an entire series (Chronicles of Narnia).

Your expanded horizons might just make that book much more meaningful (Where the Red Fern Grows)– or maybe make you wonder why you ever loved it in the first place. If you still love it, you’ll have a possibility for a gift for that  niece or nephew.

For all the book groups out there, how about having a night where you share with each other.  You’ll learn a lot about each other and find some great reads as part of the bargain.

Maybe you remember a story but try as you might just can’t remember the title … come see us at the library. We have all sorts of resources to help you rediscover a part of your childhood. 

                                                ~ Julie C, Central Library

7 thoughts on “Re-reading Challenge: That childhood favorite”

  1. I’m all over this one–I reread Anne of Green Gables at least once a year, as well as a Ramona book or two and possibly Harriet the Spy.

  2. What a great idea! I read the Melendy books (Elizabeth Enright) every couple of years, and those E. Nesbit and Edward Eager books about ordinary children and magic wear well, also. It seems very important to confirm the wonderfulness of books you loved long ago…

  3. I recently read Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz. I didn’t exactly love it as a child, it was more like a phobia: every year when the movie showed on TV I battened my hatches and forced myself to watch it. I never really got over my fear of the wicked witch’s flying monkeys. In the book, especially this time around, they weren’t so bad and I was able to concentrate on the story, which was disappointingly short. Then I read Gregory Maguire’s novel, Wicked, which runs parallel to Wizard of Oz, but is about the wicked witch Elphaba. I loved it! It’s funny how one book leads you to others, even years later. (And when I saw the show “Wicked,” the monkeys made me cry!)

  4. Excellent challenge!
    I re-read the _Little House on the Prairie_ books once every few years — when I’m feeling used and abused by the modern world it’s refreshing to return to a time when things were simpler, possessions were fewer, etc. The books also remind me of how hard life used to be and how our many modern conveniences mean we can spend much more time pursuing hobbies and traveling for leisure. The same goes for _Little Women_. I also like to re-read the _Emily of New Moon_ series by L.M. Montgomery because it reminds me so well of being a child with a limitless imagination that’s sadly been reigned in since I was wee. But not too much!

  5. E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web.” The circle of life hits the adult reader a little differently than it did as a child… but still a beautiful, sweet classic!

  6. “Understood Betsy” by Dorothy Canfield Fisher! I “market” this classic to parents as being sort of like an American version of “The Secret Garden.” A timid, fearful little girl metamorphoses into a self-confident, happy child. The author was friends with Maria Montessori, and so, although the book was written so long ago that my mother recommended it to me, the educaton theory is fascinatingly modern. LIttle Betsy is astounded to discover that she can actually be taught at different grade levels for reading, math, and spelling. She also learns that a dog is not a scary animal to fear, but instead can be a companion animal. And of course, she discovers her own inner resources and strengths–the whole point of the story!

  7. Love this challenge! I recently re-read Matilda by Roald Dahl, after checking out the movie from the library. You get such a different perspective reading it fifteen years later. The scary Trunchbull (villian principle in the book) is obviously not as scary to me anymore, but how terrifying when you’re nine years old! And Miss Honey, can anyone be any sweeter? Almost too sweet for me at this age. This challenge triggered alot of childhood memories for me! I even picked up a couple of Sweet Valley Twins paperbacks ( 3rd grade guilty pleasure =). Ahhh, to be nine or ten again!

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