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Books I Loved as a Child by Elaine A. Powers, Author

Facebook had a challenge where you’re supposed to tell the books that most influenced you as a child.  Yes, many of these Facebook activities are to help marketers target you, but this one I thought had additional value. I have many fond memories of books I read as a child, which influenced who I became.

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A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson

I was asked, “What was the first book I remember reading to the end?” Robert Louis Stevenson’s, “A Child’s Garden of Verses,” is that book. I enjoyed the poems and the adventures they stimulated in my mind. I read them over and over and enjoyed them each time as if it was the first time.

I have traveled a great deal in my life. Maybe these poems were the first to stir interest in seeing faraway places, especially oceans and their beaches.

Secondly, I am now writing rhyming children’s books. Perhaps these early poems instilled in me the thrill I find in rhyming.

Stevenson’s poems are now in the public domain and several websites have them.  Here is one:

Share them with a child or your inner child.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

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The first full-length novel I remember thoroughly enjoying and finishing was Jules Verne’s “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.” I loved the science mixed with adventure. I read everything I could find that Verne had written. I would compare the science in the books with what was known in modern science.  I was always amazed at how much Verne got right!

I now write my own science-filled adventure tales. Check out the Curtis Curly-tail and Lime Lizard Lads adventures.

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