What writers read when young

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January 23, 2000|By Tricia Eller

Ever wonder what your child's favorite authors read when they were children? The Homearts Network talked with some of America's favorites to find out who they thought should be on every kid's reading list. Here's what some of them said:

R.L. Stine, popular author of the spooky Goosebumps series

"The Adventures of Pinocchio" by Carlo Collodi: "One of my earliest memories of any kind is of my mother reading a chapter of the original Pinocchio to me every day before my nap time. I must have been really little, no more than 3 years old, and I remember being fascinated by that story."

Judy Blume, author of teen books

"The Amazing Bone" by William Steig: "William Steig is a genius, and he creates his own wonderful world for children. I read my grandson 'The Amazing Bone.' He was about 4, and it was just so much fun. It's the story of a pig named Pearl who is trying to find her parents and is befriended by a bone that has magical powers."

Chris Van Allsburg, author of "The Polar Express"

"Babar" by Jean de Brunhoff: "I got the 'Babar' books for my children because I'd always found them so charming -- not only the stories and the images in them, but the physical aspects of the books: the rough paper, the oversize format."

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