During a recent lunch with a fellow journalist, the conservation turned to what we read as children. Within minutes my friend was back in second grade recalling his favorite book Eddie and the Fire Engine by Carolyn Haywood. He remembers that day as the first time he ever laughed so hard he cried. Thoughts of this book reminded him of another childhood favorite Freddy the Pig who was the central figure in a series of 26 books written by Walter R. Brooks.
As a children’s book author, I was thrilled by my friend’s enthusiasm for books he had read as I child. I mention his love of the Eddie book to another friend. “Did Eddie have sister named Betsy? Is the author Carolyn Haywood?” While I didn’t know about a sister, I did know Haywood was the author. “I read all her Betsy stories,” she said. Suddenly she was back in her childhood.
The book connection between these two friends who have never met made me think how much fun it might if I asked others what their favorite book was as a child.
And so I’m asking, please share your favorite book title and tell us why. How old were you when you read it? Do you have any original copies? (The first edition hardback books are valuable.)
I’ll start if off. I loved Heidi, an orphan who went to live with grandfather in the Swiss Alps. The book a gift my father was written by Johanna Spyri. As a teenager I read the Dana Girl Mysteries about two sisters who were amateur detectives. While this series was never as popular as the Nancy Drew books, I enjoyed exchanging/sharing these books with a friend who lived in another town.