Ask the Readers: What is Your Favourite Childhood Book?


Childhood favourites are important. The surprise when you discover a story that hits all the right spot, the new experience, the sheer joy of it is exhilarating. It’s a powerful experience to be transported somewhere different, and to discover  that words, mere words in black and white, can have this much impact. 

My special childhood favourite was 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. But here’s the kicker….I didn’t even know that’s what it was.

I was given the Gujarati translation of it – Saagar Samrat (Translation: Emperor of the Ocean) – in school. I read the book, fell in love with it, and was distraught that I had to give it back. It was the first time a book simply absorbed me in its world. At this time, I didn’t read books in English, and had no idea who Jules Verne was. I tried to purchase the Gujarati edition, but didn’t find it anywhere.

Fast forward several years, and I was in a library in New Jersey. Just browsing shelves, as I enjoyed  doing, and suddenly I see this book: “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne.” I pick it up, and read the back, and WHAM!! I knew what it was.

I stood there, looking at the book of my childhood – enjoyed once, and then lost forever – and the joy of that moment was tremendous. 

That’s what childhood books do. They leave their imprint through their powerful memories. They do things to us, whether it’s to teach us something, or simply show us a new slice of life, or just create ripples of thoughts which might forever make us think. 

Tell me about your favourite childhood book. How did you come across this book? What impact did it have on you? 




2 Responses to “Ask the Readers: What is Your Favourite Childhood Book?”

  1. Janis October 27, 2013 at 10:02 pm # Reply

    I envy your memory of a favorite book and such a good one, too! I don’t remember any particular one but almost any of the Nancy Drews from the 1960’s series come to mind — I still have them in a box in a closet, waiting for me when I’m ready.

    • Dolly Garland October 28, 2013 at 2:49 pm # Reply


      Maybe now is the time to explore your childhood favourite again. I do find it though that childhood favourites are more about what they meant to us as children rather than the books we may enjoy now.

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