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What Books Did You Grow Up With?

With #BooksIGrewUpWith trending on Twitter and the Smithtown library now open, we'd like to know what books shaped your childhood.

It seems there's a lot of local news surrounding books lately, such as local author Jeb Ladouceur, route: {:controller=>"articles", :action=>"show", :id=>"author-enlists-tattooer-to-pen-mark-of-the-zodiac"} --> working with local tattooer Dan Lavery of Liberty Tattoo Company on the newly released book "Mark of the Zodiac" and the

Mindy E September 20, 2012 at 04:53 PM
I loved reading Nancy Drew books when I was growing up.
kathy cuomo September 20, 2012 at 04:58 PM
When I lived in Nesconset and went to Tackan Elementary I recall reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Harriet the Spy. (Many, many years ago & too many to admit to.)
John K Massaro September 20, 2012 at 05:09 PM
The Pigman by Paul Zindel was one of my favorite books growing up. I own a copy even today...
SusiQ September 20, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Growing up, I liked various books like Madeline, The Little Engine that Could, Mother Goose, and those which would fit into the Dr. Seuss realm. I also enjoyed reading the Pigman in the 7th grade. Now as an adult, I sometime read popular children's books such as The Hunger Games series or Chronicle of Narnia.
Mung Bean September 21, 2012 at 02:25 AM
I was a total book worm; I loved Freddy the Pig, the Littles, Hardy Boys (and Nancy Drew), Three Investigators, The Phantom Tollbooth, all the Roald Dahl books and of course, 50 Shades of Grey.
John K Massaro September 21, 2012 at 02:28 AM
I forgot about Narnia, Sue! I had a copy of "The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe" that I read so much, the binding of the book eventually fell apart...
Peter Verry (Editor) September 21, 2012 at 06:34 AM
Any Jack Kerouac fans out there?
Carol September 21, 2012 at 11:33 AM
As a very young child, my favorite book was FERDINAND THE BULL. I made sure all my young grandkids got a copy..one grandson loved it as much as I did. Also loved THE BOBBSY TWINS, Nancy Drew books and later LITTLE WOMEN and LITTLE MEN. Had fun reading all the Dr. Seuss books to my own kids.
Cire M September 21, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Go Dog Go by PJ Eastman. I must have made my mom read that to me a gzillion times. When I got a bit older I loved Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig. Classics!
Marion Knott September 21, 2012 at 03:39 PM
I love books. I remember the Judy Bolton series, never liked Nancy Drew. They cost forty nine cents each and I vowed that when I grew up I would buy as many books as I wanted. Smithtown Library and my San Francisco Library take care of my adult books but I spend a ton of money on picture books to read to the kids in my inner city school. I always read to my children. When I was president of the Friends we contributed lots of stuff to Smithtown library and it was worth it. Now if they could put a traffic light at the entrance/exit to the Smithtown library I would be ecstatic since I find it impossible to make a safe left turn.
John K Massaro September 21, 2012 at 04:08 PM
The Contender by Robert Lipsyte was another favorite from school. I'm pretty sure it was handed out to us by Miss Strube in 10th grade English(?). One of the few "required reading" books I really enjoyed...
Matthew Bollerman September 21, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Richard Scarry's "Cars and Trucks and Things That Go."
Steven pofcher September 22, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Harold and the Purple Crayon
John K Massaro September 22, 2012 at 06:33 PM
The more I think about it, the more they're coming back to me... "The Mouse & The Motorcycle" by Beverly Cleary. And then there was this book called "Basketball Comes to Lonesome Point", which I can't seem to find any info on anymore...
Marion Knott September 22, 2012 at 07:48 PM
When I taught first grade so many years ago, I used the blackboard and purple chalk to illustrate the story as I read it to my first graders.
Paul Daniggelis September 27, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan. Bomba the Jungle Boy. Many Horse books including Black Beauty, My Friend Flicka and many of Mary O'Hara's books. Jack London books.
Paul Daniggelis September 27, 2012 at 07:50 PM
I read some of Jack Kerouac. Then I grew up!!

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