Daily Prompt: Bedtime Stories

Today’s daily promptWhat was your favorite book as a child? Did it influence the person you are now?

This question is in the vague area.  How do I narrow it down? Ever since I could read, I’ve  never had a book leave my side.

My favorite bedtime story was a tie between two (and they were in Chinese) because my mom would read them to me.  One of them is the Chinese translated version of Dumbo and another was a rather touching  story about a girl and her two dogs.   It was more specifically about her dogs who were a girl and a boy and when one of them passed away, the others connection was so strong that she couldn’t find the will to live, and eventually left also.  Why my mom chose to read me this as a bedtime story, I have no idea…but it did become one of my favorite stories.

charlie and the chocolate factoryAfter a certain age, I started reading my own books and from elementary, my favorite book was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  I read that time, maybe 5 times a year.  I don’t remember anymore but till today, its still sitting on the shelf and once in a while, I’ll pick it up and read it.  Entering into a world of imagination and creativity through the words of Roald Dahl, where even the most impossible things could be made.  It was always an adventure to read and it had some funny parts here and there. Just such a wonderful little children’s novel!

caged eaglesIn Grade 4 and 5, one of the best authors I liked was Eric Walters.  I loved reading his novels and he is such a nice man, as he even came to visit us at the school.  It was there he introduced one of the best novels I’ve read, Rebound.  He writes teen novels that regard issues that kids will encounter in school, society and different places and different context.  I loved reading Rebound and from there I went on to look up his other books in the library.  Two of my other favorites are Caged Eagles, which portrayed the living conditions of Japanese after they bombed Pearl Harbor in the West Coast of Canada, and The Money Pit Mystery, which was a fun adventure where teens go off to solve mysteries in a new town.

the belonging placeAnother author that resounded in my young elementary school days was Jean Little.  She wrote awesome novels like Different Dragons, which I read multiple times.  The one that probably influenced me the most, which I still haven’t got a copy of is a book called The Belonging Place.  It spoke a bit to how I felt after learning some things about my own background.  The connotation of finding a place that we truly belong to, a place where we can call home.  This story touched my heart and I remember it even after only read it once or twice and never owning it.

I could shower you with many books but in the later years probably around Grade 6, I fell in love with a series of books.  It was from the amazingemily of new moon Lucy Maud Montgomery.  As much as I loved the Megan Follows portrayal of TV series for Anne of Green Gables, the book (series) that I loved and influenced me was Emily of New Moon.  I love the story, and the character of Emily.  It seemed maybe to match my personality a bit more.  I felt like I could connect with that character a lot more than with Anne of Green Gables.

These books are simple, youthful books.  They grew up with me.  You may be surprised (especially readers who have heard over and over about Dr. Seuss and my love for him. Everything I read influences me in some big or small way depending on the content. It makes me contemplate whatever issue they have set forth.  However, I picked a few that I figured if it came to my mind that it would be worth mentioning.  I have tons of favorites and that question is just too vague for me.

What books resounded to you the most when you were young?


28 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Bedtime Stories

  1. Great question. I think the first books I remember reading that were real books were the Hardy Boys. Brothers who solved crimes. I remember the best book I read as a kid was The Hobbit. Loved it and wanted to live in Middle Earth. I remember I really liked different books as I grew up but they were a constant part of my life. 🙂 Thanks for the great insight into the youthful reading habits of Kim! Always interested to learn more. Hope all is going well and all of the people you deal with are nice to you today. 🙂


    • Yeah, I get scared of the phone ringing these days! But so far its been alright. Hobbit was a really good one. I enjoyed it over the LOTR trilogy. Those I gave up at the 3rd book. I have never read Hardy Boys and I should. I`ve heard lots of good things 🙂


      • I don’t remember much about the Hardy Boys, except they were always solving mysteries. I was astonished as a child that I could find no haunted houses or mysterious pirates in my life! The LOTR I liked too, but the Hobbit was the ticket. I should have mentioned the greatest book ever written, To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee or another good one, Where the Red Fern Grows. All excellent for any kid or adult.


  2. I had a slew of books that were favourites! The Brains Benton Mysteries, The Three Investigators, The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew of course. I also used to read another series of books that had to do with teen boys having different types of adventures and for the life of me I could not tell you what those books were called! Great post, mate!!! 😀


    • Nancy Drew! I thought about mentioning her but I didn`t read a lot of her books..only maybe 5 or something. And she had a whole collection of it going on. The second one mentioning Hardy Boys. I think I need to dive back into the children`s books and read it 🙂 I`ve never heard of Brains Benton Mysteries, I`ll have to check it out. 🙂
      Thanks! 🙂


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  5. There were two that I read over and over, mainly because the illustrations were so beautiful; one was The Water Babies, and the other, if I can spell it right, was The Old Wind and Lui Li San, which was the most gorgeous story. I happily passed it on to Becky. A strange book for the Midlands…we had a cultural embassy (?) come from China when I was about 5 or 6. It was quite a shock to Birmingham, but Mom bought me lots of books from there.


    • Hmm.. Thats interesting. I should check it out. I’ve not only been working on English classics but also chinese ones. And I also love books with reference to China and whatnot. The Water Babies sounds really familiar but I’ve never read it. Need to check it out 🙂


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