I loved all the Madeline books when I was growing up -- I read them over and over. So now I read them to my girls: Madelyn, 9, and Zoey, 6. Madeline and the Gypsies is our favorite.
When I was about 8 years old, my favorite was a book by Elizabeth Goudge called The Little White Horse. It is a very magical book. There's a lot in it about the heroine's dresses, which I really enjoyed, but I would imagine most boys would not.
Dee Dee Myers
Lassie Come Home was a favorite of mine. When my sisters and I were in grade school, my father was away (he was a Navy pilot during the Vietnam war). Every night, we would all climb up onto my big sister's bed, and my mom would read us a chapter. We rooted for Lassie through all her trials and tribulations as she tried to get home to the family she loved. In the end, she made it. So did my dad.
Copyright ? 2001. Reprinted with permission from the March 2001 issue of Child magazine.