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Question of the Month - September 2021

Aug 23, 2021 10:09AM ● By Jan Weeks & Siggie Carpenter
Bookcase at library full of children's books

"What was your favorite book as a child?"

Mesa County

Brig Sigismund - Grand Junction

“‘The Swiss Family Robinson’ and ‘Robinson Crusoe.’ I liked the escapism, living on an island. I also loved the science fiction stories in ‘Boy’s Life,’ the scouting magazine.”

Margie Wilson - Grand Junction  

“My aunt took me to Brentano’s bookstore in Chicago and bought me ‘Misty of Chincoteague’ by Marguerite Henry. It was my favorite book and it was my first new book, not a hand-me-down from my cousin.”

Jason Dunn - Grand Junction 

“‘The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe,’ because I loved the fantasy element and the escapism.”

Stephanie Howard - Fruita

“‘The Secret Garden.’ I grew up in an abusive home and read voraciously. I felt trapped, like Colin in the book, and needed someone to help me get out. The characters showed me that I could overcome any difficulty.”

Montrose & Delta Counties

Joy Portenier - Montrose

“My favorite childhood book was ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ because it had a fairytale ending and Prince Charming always rescued her. ‘Mirror, mirror on the wall, am I still the fairest of them all?’”

Mitch Ware - Cedaredge

“My parents didn’t read to us and I didn’t really get into reading until high school. Now, I read all types of DIY books. Since I’m going on an adventure next month to swim with dolphins, I’m reading ‘Dolphin Mysteries: Unlocking the Secrets of Communication’ by Kathleen Dudzinski.”

Ginni Selby - Delta

“One of my favorite stories was ‘Follow My Leader.’ It was part of the Weekly Reader’s List we got in school, written in 1957 by James B Garfield. It’s a heartwarming story about a boy who was blinded in an accident with firecrackers and his guide dog, Leader. It’s an inspirational book for all ages as it tells about overcoming difficult challenges and regaining one’s confidence.”

Greg Dearth - Montrose

“My mother loved to read to me ‘The Little House’ book series by Laura Ingalls Wilder about the pioneers and settlers. It was always so comforting to have her read to me. She would tell me to close my eyes and I could see the world of imagination. I miss those sweet moments with her.”

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