I couldn’t stand the read your own adventure ones. B/c I wanted to figure out what every possible way to choose could have been. It went crazy trying to do it. Okay…I’ll start with A, then go A, B, A, then go B, B, A…then go…BLAMMM!! (My head exploded.)
I got to really enjoy Graeme Base…fantastic pictures. Also, Chris Van Allsburg. He did the Polar Express…but the pictures & stories were just so fantastic.
I really got to enjoy children’s books when I worked at the library. My first 6 months I shelved A-L, then the rest of the time I did M-Z. M-Z seemed much more eclectic.
Some things I was forced to read, but later enjoyed…Bridge To Terebithia, Tuck Everlasting, Island of the Blue Dolphins, From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler, Peppermints in the Parlor, Wolves of Willoughby Chase.
Two books that I check out every now & again at the library…but for some reason never purchased…Number the Stars, & Devil’s Arithmatic. Both about young girls during WWII. Number the stars was about a girl whose family helped their Jewish friends escape underground. The other was strange…the girl was from present day…and instead of one night opening the door to see if the Prophet would return during passover…she opens the door & she sees a man from a field walking towards her. She’s somehow been shoved into another time…and begins living as a girl during the war. Her family is taken to a labor camp…then put into the “showers”. She starts screaming that everyone is going to be gassed…but then the water comes on & they’re really showered. She lives in the camp for weeks & then suddenly…she’s back in her family’s apartment…still holding that door waiting for the prophet. I remember being very disturbed by it when I was young. Another like that was Letters From Rifka. It was sort of childish, though.