Ask an English Major: What was your favorite childhood read, and why?


Ask an English Major: What was your favorite childhood read, and why?


For this edition of Ask an English Major, we asked, “What was your favorite childhood read, and why?”


Samantha Miller, Junior:

Her Pick: The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton

“The Outsiders impacted me the most because it was about someone my age from a different lifetime. As you were reading, you were relating to them and seeing how they were different.”


Elizabeth Nealon, Junior:

Her Picks: My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George & The Boxcar Children Series, by Gertrude Chandler Warner

“My favorite chapter books were My Side of the Mountain and the Boxcar Children. C.S. Lewis wrote that any good children’s book should be just as interesting to adults, and my parents liked these books enough to read them aloud to me at the breakfast table, which says something about their literary quality. I liked them because they were about children who ran away from home and were able to exist by living off of nature. I was always fascinated by their ability to survive because when I ran away from home I was only able to last an hour outside before going home to use the bathroom and get a snack.


Sydney Gillespie, Senior:

Her Pick: The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett

“When I first read it, I was going into my first-grade year at a new school in a whole new place after my mom and stepdad had just married. I was literally terrified, and I found this story about a girl who was going through the same thing as me and it just stuck.”



Written By: Eileen Flood

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