The joy of reading a good book can last a lifetime.

Today, a few of our TX. staffers are remembering some of their favorite books from their childhood, be they stories of adventure, mystery or outright silliness.

  • "Teacher from the Black Lagoon"

As a kid, I read a lot of books. I was a frequent visitor in the library; so much so that everyone knew me by name. My real favorite book is a book about a white dog that always gets into a lot of trouble, but since I couldn’t remember it or find it, my second favorite book is the series “Teacher from the Black Lagoon,” written by Mike Thaler.

I read these when I was in my early years of elementary school — probably age 7 or 8. At first, I was kind of scared by these books; I couldn’t believe these poor kids had such terrible teachers! But then I started to get engrossed in the series and I couldn’t stop reading them. I loved the pictures and the writing; I loved the way the stories always went. They were such interesting books, and I loved them a lot.

I don’t remember having a specific favorite book in the series; I just know that I read all of them. I’m glad that I got to have “Teacher from the Black Lagoon” as a part of my childhood.

— Taylor Jenkins, Weber High

  • "You Are Special"

My favorite childhood book is "You Are Special" by Max Lucado. My dad would read this to me and my sister all the time, reminding us of our worth and how we give ourselves gold stars or gray dots, and that it's our choice which one we get.

It's a special memory that I love to think about.

— Reagan Housley, Fremont High 

  • "King Bidgood's in the Bathtub"

Definitely one of my favorite books to read when I was 3-plus. I say "plus" because I still love to read it! The pictures in "King Bidgood's in the Bathtub" are really detailed and fun, and the story (by Audrey Wood) is a winner with audiences of all ages.

I mean, who doesn't want to see a king have a full-out battleship war ... in the tub? The best part is watching the rest of the court be horrified.

— McKenzie Leininger, Bonneville High 

  • Harry Potter series

I still love the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling, but I first found that I liked them in second grade. I am pretty competitive, so when my classmate said he could read the first book, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," faster than me, I took the challenge and read it in five days.

Although my friend called off the race afterward, I was hooked on the story. I didn't like listening to it with my family before then, but that experience made me fall in love with the characters and the story. I have always loved reading, but this is a book series that will always be dear to my heart.

— Sierra Clark, Venture High

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