Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Lost and Found: Children's Books We Miss (from the Worldcon panel of the same name)

Children's Books We Miss

Lost and Found: Children’s Books We Miss(ed)

This list of recommended books was presented at Interaction–The 63rd World Science Fiction
Convention in Glasgow, Scotland on Sunday, August 7, 2005. Panel participants were Greer Gilman, Moderator, Francis Spufford, Terry Pratchett and Janet McNaughton.

Compiled by Janet McNaughton

Greer Gilman

Mary Poppins Comes Back, Mary Poppins in the Park, Mary Poppins Opens the Door,
Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane, PL Travers.
The Princess and The Goblin, George MacDonald (1872).
Lion, William Pène Dubois, (a picture book).
Peter Graves, William Pène du Bois, (1950).
The Little White Horse, Elizabeth Goudge, (1946).
The Amazing Vacation, Dan Wickenden (1956).
The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm, Norman Hunter, (1933).
The Nine Questions, Edward Fenton, Doubleday, illustrations by C. Walter Hodges (1959).

Francis Spufford

The Blue Hawk, Peter Dickinson (1976).
Charlotte Sometimes, Penelope Farmer (1969).
The Magic City, E. Nesbit, (1910).
The Guardians, John Christopher (1970).
The Heritage of the Star, Sylvia Engdahl, (1973).

Terry Pratchett

Moomintroll series, Tove Jansson, Fin Family Moomintroll and others.
Mistress Masham’s Repose, TH White, (1947).
The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death, Daniel Pinkwater.
Midnight Folk (1927) and The Box of Delights, (1935) John Masefield.
Star in the Hand, Elizabeth Stucley (1954).
The Little Grey Men, (1988) "BB," 1905- (D. J. Watkins-Pitchford).
The Wizard of Boland, "BB," 1905- (D. J. Watkins-Pitchford).
The Griffin and the Minor Canon, Frank Stockton (1963).
Brendon Chase, "BB," 1905- (D. J. Watkins-Pitchford), (1979).

Janet McNaughton

The Live-Forever Machine, Kenneth Oppel, HarperCollins Canada, (1990; 2001).
Dead Water Zone, Kenneth Oppel, HarperCollins Canada, (1992; 2001).
Dust, Arthur Slade, HarperCollins Canada (2001).
Acceleration, Graham McNamee, Random House, (2003).
The Prince of Tarn, Hazel Hutchins, 1997. (A junior novel).
The Marmawell Trilogy: The Dragon’s Tapestry, Red Deer Press, The Prism Moon, (1993),
The Taker’s Key, Red Deer Press, (1998), Martine Leavitt [Martine Bates].

Other Suggested Titles

Space Cat, Ruthven Todd (1957).

George MacDonald, The Princess and Curdy (1877), Back of the North Wind (1871).

The Church Mice, a series beginning in 1972, Graham Oakley.

Alexander and the Magic Mouse by Martha Sanders, (1969).


Blogger Lazygal said...

I'm so thrilled that someone remembers the Moomintroll series and "Mistress Mashem's Repose" (I just bought that for my library and my personal collection). What a great list!

5:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I still have most of the books I loved as a child (including the majority of those listed), but the one I miss is one I only ever found in libraries, and which no-one but me seems to remember: The Unicorn Window, by Lynetter Muir

10:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, the William Pène Dubois books are favorites of mine. The 21 Balloons is still in print, I think, but Lion and the Real Teddy Bear books are hard to find. I have a copy of Peter Graves (which features anti-gravity boots and some entertaining plot points, but which is a little weak over all); I'm surprised to find someone prefers it to The 21 Balloons.


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Unicorn window was a wonderful book and I wish I could get a copy!!!! BUT, it is out of print and the two used copies I have found are 250+ dollars

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